What makes a space great? It needs to serve its purpose, of course: If the world’s most beautiful kitchen lacks a sink, then it’s not a great space. It needs to be comfortable; what’s the point of a dazzling sofa that’s too hard or too ergonomically awkward to sit on? A great space should make the most of its size, shape, and any distinctive features, whether they’re graceful moldings or oddly positioned windows. And perhaps most important, it should reflect the people who live there.
Among the homes we were lucky enough to spotlight this year, we think the 10 spaces featured here more than meet the criteria. See if you agree, and maybe you’ll find some inspiration for making your own spaces even greater.