This month our conversation with Jeffrey Rosen, principle designer at Jeffrey Rosen Interior Design, Inc. focuses on the barn home great room. Whether you have a large or not-so-large living space, the points Jeffrey has to make about today’s great (or living) room will apply.
Barn home great rooms, which are architecturally inspired volumes of space, classic 1 1/2 or 2 1/2 story timbered spaces. New or reclaimed timber offers texture, form, color and history; combined they tell the story of traditional barns. You can walk into one of these rooms and imagine a long ago barn-raising event. The room itself is the central gathering point for all activities.
The great room no longer wants to be stand alone, it’s open and accessible to adjoining kitchens, hallways, family and or dining rooms. It’s a room to gather friends and family; to feel at home and at peace. Some great rooms today actually include the kitchen, so a house is no longer living room, dining room and kitchen, but one large multi-functioning room; the Great Room.
Great rooms typically have a wood burning fireplace with exposed stone anchoring the center of the space. The volume of the room calls for some vertical element that provides scale. Multiple seating areas suitable for any activity, a single person reading a book, a couple discussing their day, a family spending time together , a group of friends gathered, or a party for 200.
The great room usually offers a wall of windows, flooding the room with light, bringing the outdoors in, while insulating from winter cold or summer heat.
Today’s great room offers a large screen TV, multiple in-wall speakers for great sound, game table utilized for games, secondary dining and/or the children’s home work area.
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