As one of the focal points of the home… great rooms are not only high-traffic areas but in an open concept floor plan; they set the scene for the rest of the space entirely. Something about these pieces working together elevates a space to make it feel intentionally designed, and you can replicate it in many variations.
There are times where a client will fall in love with a specific coffee table or rug first, but usually, we start with seating.
Something about these pieces working together elevates a space to make it feel intentionally designed, and you can replicate it in many variations. Next, we chose our transitional Beckett Chairs that met somewhere in the middle with their upholstered seats and an open, oak detailing on the back and sides to bring more light and airy-ness to the space. In our Mountainside Retreat, we chose a more traditional, solid-based, legless sofa and then did two modern, shapely accent chairs.
Because they are a smaller, less committed piece of furniture, we try to have fun with our choices and use them as an opportunity to add more interest and dimension into the look. If we have chosen heavy-weighted seating or if the room is smaller, we gravitate towards coffee tables with a lighter, open base.
Whereas if we have selected more legged, light-weight seating pieces, we gravitate towards a bulkier, more solid coffee table.
If we have two more traditional sofas and transitional chairs, we might prefer a modern coffee table to create a more curated look, like the example below from our Cove Remodel.
In our SM Ranch House, we chose a wide, metal-legged coffee table with a thin, cross detail underneath the base that not only coordinated with the accent chairs but opened up the room with its airy silhouette. Side tables and floor lamps all apply similar rules to larger furniture pieces.