The Great Room. The heartbeat of the home, the place we spend most of our time, and the place we gather with friends and family. This is, at least the way I envisioned this room being one day. Our main family rooms in the past have always been a mix of hand-me-down end tables, a sectional that just never quote made sense (but was SUPER comfy and moved to another room 😊) and weird furniture arrangements. I am so excited to share our very own great room with you all. This is the first room in our home that is 100% a translation of my design visions. From the flooring, to the paint, and furniture and accessories, our monochromatic cozy room is finished.
When we moved into our home, this room had white carpet and white walls. I love white, but not anywhere on my walls. I always need a deep saturation of color (even if that color is warm gray) on my walls. We used Sherwin Williams Functional Gray (SW7024) in the entire space. Functional Gray is my absolute favorite gray, because it has warm undertones and deep color. I could talk the pros and cons of gray all ay long (and may do a future post just about gray paint!) but for now, I will keep it at that. Our trim is my go-to trim color, Sherwin Williams Pure White (SW7005).
Our engineered hardwood is not only in the great room, but the entire first floor. Chad and I wanted an open concept, continuous feel. We decided on engineered hardwood, purely because I couldn’t see us having anything but real wood in our home. I wanted a genuine feel. Of course, there are downfalls to hardwood (softer material that is prone to everyday scratching), but we have area rug throughout the house that absorb some of the wear and tear.
Our flooring is “3/8 x 5 Capstone Grey Beech” from Lumber Liquidators. I personally have dealer accounts with many hardwood companies, but honestly Lumber Liquidators offers awesome pricing that just cannot be beat. The color is a deep brown, with taupe-gray undertones. The slight gray feel works well with the overall scheme. I wanted to go very deep and dark with our floors, for a classic and timeless look.
For the overall layout of our furniture, I considered how we would most often use the space. (I recommend doing this with every room before purchasing any furniture!) We love to entertain with many friends and family, but we also like to get cozy and watch movies together. We also know that a family is soon, so we needed furniture that was not overly expensive, and great quality with kids and dogs. With all of that in mind we ended up going with a large sofa, a loveseat, a chair-and-half, and a swivel chair. A lot of furniture, but our great room is expansive, and we needed to fill it up! All seating elements face each other for easy conversation, and the sofa we spend time watching movies on faces the TV.
Our rug is really the anchor of our space. We purchased a 10x13 rug from Wayfair that would be large enough for our main pieces to sit partially on top. The soft gray of the rug works great with our wall color, and the fringe detail is just too fun! It is hard to tell in photos, but the rug has a soft silvery sheen that casts different looks from any angle. It gives such a rich look.
Our main furniture pieces are all from a collection by Fusion Furniture. This line can be purchased through Sheeley’s Furniture and is actually on their showroom floor. The Fusion set was modestly priced and had a great warranty for stains or tears. What I love most about the set is the transitional oversized feel with classic English arms. I like to think that my style is always on trend, but at the end of the day I am traditional at heart. This set had the perfect mix. I also fell in love with the houndstooth! I wanted a bold print incorporated into our look, and houndstooth (which is a constant classic) made so much sense.
The pillows came with the set (which is mid blowing!) and made accessorizing extremely easy. I always mix and match my patterns, so the houndstooth and plaid were perfect marriage. The soft taupe’s in the prints matched perfectly with our Functional Gray. The body of the sofa is light and bright and freshens the room.
Link to furniture set: https://www.sheelys.com/item/4480-kp-stationary-living-room-group/1423274820
Our end tables were also a modest deal! They were purchased though Coleman Furniture, which ships out speedy quick. With our dark wood floors, a medium gray wood tone for our end tables allowed them to pop, but not take over the room. The trestle style was exactly the look I envisioned.
Our lamps are Uttermost, and can be purchased through Sheeley’s Furniture. They are LARGE and worth every penny. The soft gray glazed ceramic gives a subtle shine against the intricate flowery detail. The base is lucite, and the shade is a soft linen.
I saved the best for last! I first saw these mirrors in Highpoint, NC at the 2018 furniture mart and fell in love. I knew one day they just had to be mine. They are Uttermost as well and can be purchased at several online stores. They are quite large (72” tall) but work perfectly with our high ceilings. I positioned them low, right above the sofa for a centralized feel. They are comprised of light wash wood with mirrored inlay…I think they really complete the space!
Link to mirrors: https://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/Mirrors/2009/subcat.html?featuredproduct=21932802&featuredoption=36549354&kid=9553000357392&track=pspla&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=27618163-000-000&cnc=US&utm_source=googlepla&utm_medium=pspla&cid=248963&type=pla&targetid=aud-443790589837:pla-412406636301&ds_rl=1263867&gclid=Cj0KEQjw8-LnBRCyxtfMl-Cbu48BEiQA6eUMGq5F93JNnrL_wfOO-ZfDd0R6qOFTIKA1pLnoBm-CI8waAk8h8P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds
Looking forward, I would like to create a large gallery wall above our loveseat. Of course, I am pushing this project into the future once we have a family... or maybe we will just do a showcase of Rocky!
We also plan to add gray roman shades once we replace a few windows.
Well, there you have it! Our monochromatic great room, and my favorite space in the house.