Gather Round for Great Room Ideas That Are Sure to Inspire

By Toll Brothers 3 minute read

Last updated on August 24th, 2022

Your great room is undoubtedly one of the most important rooms in your home. It’s a space to gather, connect, and entertain; a place where your kids settle in for a movie night, where you relax with your favorite book, and the perfect spot to sit and catch up with family, whether it’s in person or over a video call. Given that the great room is such a central space, you’ll want to ensure that the area is versatile enough to meet your needs and also beautifully designed to enjoy on a daily basis.

Scroll through 15 great room ideas from Toll Brothers homes across the United States and get inspired to create an incredible space to host your favorite people and moments. 


1. Add a large chandelier

Bold lighting choices are all the rage. Make a statement with large light fixtures that draw attention to the height of the great room and the gorgeous wood beams above. 

Two-story great room featuring chandelier
Latigo at Rancharrah in Reno, NV


2. Include a modern fireplace

The modern fireplace boasts a full-height tile or stone surround, making a statement in the room and a strong focal point.

Great room with stunning modern fireplace
Commonwealth Place at Westfields by Toll Brothers in Chantilly, VA 


3. Incorporate contrasting colors in your great room’s décor

With the rise in popularity of the modern farmhouse style, we are seeing stronger contrasts in design. This space pairs white, soft furniture with dark, sleek decor to create a unique ambiance that feels well-balanced.

Light, airy modern farmhouse great room design
Reserve at West Bloomfield by Toll Brothers in West Bloomfield Township, MI


4. Bring in bold pops of color with your furniture

This steel blue sectional makes a stunning statement.

Luxe great room featuring blog furniture colors
Toll Brothers at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, MD


5. Consider an open floor plan 

The open floor plan suits the lifestyle of the way most families are living. Centered around the kitchen, the family is able to be together while still engaging in various activities like cooking, watching a movie, or getting some schoolwork done at the dining table. 

Great room with open floorplan
Toll Brothers at Belterra in Austin, TX


6. Go all in on farmhouse style

This farmhouse-style great room showcases the raw wood beams that are visually balanced with crisp white shiplap walls. A weathered rug and whimsical light fixture put the finishing touches on the look. 

Farmhouse great room with a rustic beam ceiling.
Sterling Grove by Toll Brothers in Surprise, AZ


7. Extend your great room outdoors

Extend your great room outdoors with an innovative sliding door and deck design that seamlessly connect the two living spaces.

Small living room with outdoor transition to deck
Harbor View at Pacifica San Juan by Toll Brothers in San Juan Capistrano, CA 


8. Bring some color into your life 

This space boasts a deep blue shiplap wall with bright green accents. With just a couple of bold color choices, this otherwise white room is elevated in style. 

Interior design highlighted by bold accent wall
Toll Brothers at Rosecrest in Herriman, UT 


9. Make a statement with windows

This stunning great room illustrates the impact that windows can make. These windows framing the fireplace support it as the focal point while adding interest.

Grand two-story great room with expansive outdoor transition
Vista Point at Southshore by Toll Brothers in Aurora, CO 


10. Build the great room near the kitchen

Keep your favorite snacks and beverages close at hand with a kitchen that blends into the great room. No need to delineate between the spaces. When you’re entertaining, guests will be gathering in the kitchen, so why not blend it with a comfy seating area.

Open concept living space near a kitchen
Mesa Ridge by Toll Brothers in Las Vegas, NV


11. Create a rustic great room style with layers of texture

This great room showcases dark beams with a bold pattered rug, weathered leather chairs, and interesting molding detail at the island.

Rustic style great room with wood beams.
Sterling Grove by Toll Brothers in Surprise, AZ


12. Include a vaulted ceiling

Nothing adds more interest and drama to a room than a vaulted ceiling. Don’t forget to showcase something eye-catching there as well, such as these beams.

A farmhouse style great room with a vaulted ceiling
North Oaks of Ann Arbor by Toll Brothers in Ann Arbor, MI


13. Soften the room with flowing curtains

These dramatic two-story curtains create a soft backdrop to the sharp lines on the wall. 

Two-story great room featuring cascading curtains
Enclave at Ocean by Toll Brothers in Freehold, NJ


14. Complete the great room with ceiling accents

Gone are the days of basic white ceilings. Now they feature warm wood accents and moody lighting.

Expansive open-concept interior elevated by ceiling accents
Sereno Canyon by Toll Brothers in Scottsdale, AZ


15. Transition to the outdoors

Bring the outdoors in with these expansive sliding doors.

Modern interior with outdoor transition to patio
Anthem Ridge at Crosswater by Toll Brothers in Ponte Vedra, FL


Toll Brothers design options vary by market, community and home design across the country. For more information regarding great room design options offered in a specific market, community or home, please visit our website or reach out to one of our Online Sales Consultants.

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