The casual, relaxed style of log home living is a lifestyle that many fall in love with once they’ve switched to life in a log home. One of the challenges of living in a log home, however, can be adapting to the open layout that log homes are often built around. If you’re not used to living in, decorating, and arranging a wide, open space, it can be challenging.
Many log home builders incorporate a great room space, a merging of the dining room, kitchen and living room into one big room. This space often is built with soaring or vaulted ceilings. It may also include a magnificent architectural element of a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and lofts or catwalks to a second story.
These elements are breathtakingly beautiful, yet can pose a challenge to those who need to arrange this space to make it convenient for day-to-day living. When you don’t have walls designating each of the separate living areas, you need to create these areas with groupings of furniture. The overall flow of the space between your groupings becomes critically important.
As you are planning your groupings before you arrange your furniture, you need to think of how you will be using the space and what traffic patterns you envision in that room. Take into account your daily patterns of work and rest as well as the space any guests will be using. Then arrange your furniture accordingly. If you foresee frequent trips from the living room space to the kitchen, then arrange your largest pieces of furniture so that they are out of the main flow of traffic. You don’t want to put your overstuffed couch so that you have to constantly walk around it on your way to the kitchen. It may not seem like such a big deal now, but on your 100th trip, you’ll be wondering why you ever arranged the furniture this way.
This doesn’t mean that all your furniture has to be against the wall in your log home; on the contrary, when the furniture is arranged in the middle of the room, it can create comfortable groupings that feel natural; just position your larger pieces off to a side where they’re not blocking the traffic flow from space to space.
Use area rugs and throw rugs to help ground your groupings. A beautiful rug positioned in the middle of your couch, coffee table and a few recliners helps to tie this seating area together. You can also try using longer, narrower rugs as a pathway to another grouping, say to your kitchen area or as a path coming and going from the front door.
Putting a little thought into the flow of the room will help you create a layout that transitions seamlessly from one grouping to the next.