There is something about the forest that brings peace and relaxation, with just a stroll through nature helping to lift your spirits and contemplate life’s journeys. While you may not be looking to move completely off the grid to find this tranquility, or go for a long hike, there is no better haven than a retreat in the forest. Your typical rustic cabins and cottages in the woods has come a long way.
Architects have now added their modernized spin on these woodland dwellings, creating structures of wood, steel and glass to maximize their stunning surrounds. You will find everything from a treehouse-like living room in Montana to a steel and glass home in Malaysia. We have living rooms capturing forest views that will inspire you to want to move to the suburbs and be surrounded by the great outdoors!
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1. This stunning living room is the centerpiece of this home. Spanning two stories and wall-to-wall glass and completely surrounded by trees—its simply breathtaking. (via Hernewtribe)
2. Designed to feel like living in a treehouse, this Whitefish, Montana living room invites the great outdoors to come on in! Natural light permeates the space thanks to expansive floor-to-ceiling steel framed windows. See this amazing full home tour here: Enchanting mountain home offers treehouse feel in Montana. (via Hunter + Co.)
3. This forested sanctuary just outside of Lake Tahoe, California offers a modern yet comfortable living environment. See the full home here: A modern sanctuary on a forested property in Martis Camp. (via Hawkins Architecture)
4. This hilltop location offers views of the surrounding forest filled with madrone trees and firs and beyond to the Canadian Gulf Islands. The living room with its minimalist furnishings offers so much with so little—a Zen feeling. See the complete tour of this amazing home here: Beautiful Eagle Ridge Residence on Orcas Island. (via Gary Gladwish Architecture)
5. Not only is the open plan living/dining/kitchen area in West Virginia surrounded by walls of glass, it also integrates existing trees into the interior wrapped in glass. (via Travis Price Architects)
6. This super modern house in the Seattle, Washington forest features crisp, clean lines and an open concept. We have featured a tour of the home here: Contemporary house in Seattle surrounded by forest. (via McClellan Architects)
7. This elegantly styled living room in Toronto, Canada highlights soaring ceilings and walls windows inviting nature inside. The wall color is Dulux—Dry Goods. (via Parkyn Design)
8. The highlights to this forested living room in Montreal, Canada includes its 30 feet high windows that illuminates the space with natural light. 17 Lutron electric drapes were installed to filter the sunlight but still maintain some of the views. (via Proscenium)
9. The color palette of this living room in Bethesda, Maryland features black and white. With a double volume ceiling and sky high windows, the forest takes centerstage. (via David Jameson Architect)
10. Full of transparency and light, this striking mid-century living room is surrounded by a wooded site in Seattle, Washington. We featured this popular home tour here: Mid-Century modern home with a nature backdrop. (via Bohlin Cywinski Jackson)
11. A rustic log home in North Carolina features this charming living room with natural timbers used throughout. The home was built using 6″x 12″ square log system with dove-tail corners and heavy timber square rafter and beam system. (via Home Design Elements)
12. A luxurious timber frame home with a treehouse-like living room of glass walls and whole tree trunk posts. (via Roger Wade Studio)
13. A Colorado mountain surrounded by forest showcases this great room with windows framed by Western Red Cedar logs. The exquisite flooring has varying plank sizes consisting of white oak with a slightly distressed finish and black walnut pegs inlaid. (via DesignWorks Development)
14. This steel and glass house is set 578 meters above sea level in the forest of Janda Baik in Pahang, Malaysia. The modern living room feels like it is suspended in the trees. View the complete home tour here: Sumptuous tropical haven surrounded by lush forest. (via Choo Gim Wah Architect)
15. A beautiful rustic ski chalet style home in Montana features this radiant living room with large windows that maximizes the views and brings the outdoor in. The paint color is Reserved White from Sherwin Williams. (via Hunter + Co.)
16. This Portland, Oregon living room showcases two stunning focal points: the wall of glass capturing forested views and the striking fireplace wall. The fireplace wall consists of two different types of granite blocks. The colorful panels are called “van Gogh”, while the black is an “Absolute Black” with a wire brushed finish. (via J.A. Hand Construction)
17. A minimal North Carolina home features this stylish living room with a comfortable sectional and an Eames lounge chair and ottoman. Glass windows soak in the spectacular forest views. In case you missed it, we featured this home here: Minimally designed home with a warm aesthetic in North Carolina. (via In Situ Studio)
18. Called the “Radius House”, it is a reflection of how to live well in a small space. With concrete floors, wood beams and expansive windows, the space is drenched in natural light. Views features giant redwoods that surrounds the property, connecting with the outdoors and making the space feel larger. See the rest of the home and project description here: A mid-century tree house in Mill Valley: Radius House. (via Dwyer Design)
19.This light-filled, double volume living area features incredible views of the surrounding pine trees, located in Saltsjö-Boo, a coastal area just outside Stockholm. (via Arrhov Frick Arkitektkontor)
20. Set above the Hudson River, New York, expansive walls of glass in this living room emphasize views of the natural surroundings. (via BWArchitects via Architectural Digest)
21. This creekside shingle-style weekend cabin in Calistoga, California is set amongst the firs and redwoods. Reclaimed beams visually mimics the surrounding woods. The full home tour can be seen here: Rustic creekside cabin retreat. (via Amy Alper Architect)
Readers, please let us know in the comments which living room is your favorite and why?