A Woodsy + Welcoming Country-Style Great Room
High above the Blue Ridge Mountains, this classic, country-style great room combines warm, welcoming touches and a mix of raw and refined woods.
Room With a View
Homeowners Ron and Jane bought their dream home in Ellijay, Ga., and decorated it to look classic and timeless. From the pine-clad walls to ample natural light, the house is light, bright and packed with country charm.
The open-concept floor plan allows the homeowners to interact with guests whether they're preparing ingredients in the kitchen, serving cocktails in the dining area or gathering by the fireplace. To keep all spaces looking cohesive, the walls, floors and ceiling are wrapped in pine.
Weathered Wood Finishes
To add to the room's lived-in look, the pair picked up an antique farmhouse table from a local vendor. Regardless of where you live, it's wise to venture out into rural antique stores and flea markets.
Wrapped in Wood
After purchasing the house, the homeowners decided to keep all of the interior pine cladding original rather than painting or staining it. Pine is one of the most affordable woods available and evokes a casual vibe — a staple for mountain living.
River rock or tumbled stone fireplaces are popular in country homes. In addition to adding to an overall rustic vibe, the material helps keep costs low, as they're easy to find and often sourced locally.
To break up the monotony of the wood surfaces, aged metal accents are brought in. As the metal vessels start to wear, the imperfections help add to their charm.
The look of a classic writer's cabin is brought to a corner of the great room with help from an old wooden desk and chair.
Instead of investing in new rugs, put your old ones to good use. Here, a traditional woven rug ties together the red and neutral tones of the great room.
A decorator's trick for making country homes feel extra welcoming is to keep a large collection of throw blankets out in the open. Since country houses are meant for comfort, coziness and conversation, keeping throws within arm's reach for guests invites them to relax.
Keeping with the carefree, casual lifestyle of country living, homeowners often go above and beyond to make sure little ones and four-footed family members are comfy wherever they stop to rest. Keep a large basket on the ground and fill it with books or magazines, along with a few leather floor cushions. This will encourage people to gather around and keep comfy even if there are no spaces left on sofas or chairs.
Folk Art Touches
Country great rooms are known for evoking a laid-back, no-fuss feeling. Add a sense of humor and a no-frills attitude with a few touches of locally-sourced folk art. Here, the homeowners displayed a collection of painted birdhouses just off their great room fireplace.
Soaring ceilings in mountain house great rooms serve two key purposes: They capitalize on spectacular views and create an open, airy feeling. Although this small area just off the main entrance is only 12-feet-by-13-feet, its generous ceiling height and abundance of natural light render it a comfortable dining room.