Dining in the great hall

The muted color scheme helps incorporate the hall into the rest of the house

In the great hall, a muted color scheme of earth tones links to the undulating, oak-studded Serrano countryside and also merges comfortably with the darker green tones of the family room and the kitchen.

"Since the great hall, kitchen, and family rooms are all interconnected, we had to create a color palette that allowed each room to have its own personality while blending seamlessly with its neighbors," says interior designer Janice Stone Thomas, who used furnishings and artwork as bright accents.