The most common question people often raise is on how to make small rooms seem larger. That’s owing to the fact that most apartments are quite tiny. But what if you’re blessed with lots of square footage? The truth of the matter is that a large room can equally pose a challenge.
One thing you need to note about extra-large rooms is that they tend to feel cavernous and cold. And if you try to arrange them with no plan, you might end up overwhelmed. If you’re in this situation, we’d like to help you out by providing you with some simple ideas.
From how to strategically arrange your furniture to how you can make floral arrangements that add new life to your interiors. We’ll talk about some genius tips for creating intimacy and warmth even when dealing with the grandest of spaces.
First and foremost, we’d like to point out a common misconception about decorating large rooms. Most people are used to placing their furniture against the walls – and that’s a common misstep. If you have a really large living room, your best bet is to create multiple seating groups. You can have two or three seating groups.
You can also introduce small tables in between. Those ones should be used for cocktails and ideally located near each chair. Also, it’s always a good idea to introduce a wide variety of lighting sources to bring even more warmth to such spaces.
Those are just some quick highlights. Let us now delve deeper into some of the specific steps you can take to make your big house feel cozy.
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Creating a Space within the Space
Consider creating that grand space into a room where everyone can feel comfortable and bond. One way to do this is by putting four sofas together to create a hexagonal sitting area. If your area is still too large, you can consider moving this hexagonal sitting area to one corner of the room. This will create a party space that can be used for dining and dancing.
To add more onto any of the remaining spaces, consider adding some crimson cushions, Perspex tables, ottomans and so forth.
This idea of creating a space within a space gives you the freedom to be creative and playful. And if there’s still lots of space left, consider introducing some bookcases or make a tented area in the room as well.
Make Something Special Out of Each Piece
To convert a big house into an inviting space, consider giving geometric wall treatment a shot. This not only creates a bold statement but also serves as a creative pattern for you.
When it comes to the choice of fabrics and texture, consider going for something tactile. Such textures have a way of creating intimacy. Remember, a well-designed living space is one with simple palettes alongside a great mix of accessories and fabrics.
Another thing you need to note about furniture use in large rooms is that going for one large piece of furniture is quite awesome. That’s unlike when you choose to fill the room with small pieces of furniture some of which might be unusable.
Mix the Heights
You can’t go wrong with the idea of mixing heights to create layers in the space. If you do this correctly, you’ll tend to add more life into the space even if the house has few occupants.
One good way to go about this is by introducing café curtains. These ones do a good job of blurring out the bottom half of the windows. They also create an intimate yet calm seating area. Pair that up with a variety of strong colors especially around the light fixtures, upholstery or around the fireplace. By doing that, you’ll ensure that each piece has some character added to it.
Extra Ideas for Filling the Depths
If you still have a lot of air to fill, it’s good to go for anything that helps fill that up as well. Plush rugs and textured fabrics are always a good way to go. In addition, consider hanging a light fixture or a chandelier several feet down from the ceiling. This will help humanize the space.
Basically, when you lower the height of your chandelier, you subliminally insinuate a lower ceiling and this has a magical way of adding comfort to any living room.
How to Split the Width
The best way to make extra-large spaces seem small is by splitting the width. In particular, big interiors seem better when they have focal points. Focal points are good not only for a visual appeal but also for physical comfort.
You don’t always have to go for a fireplace to meet this objective. Sometimes, a simple idea such as putting a daybed right at the center can do the trick. A daybed would create two separate areas in one room.
This way, you can go ahead and introduce sofas, rugs, and a cocktail table to either side. This way, you can have two living rooms in one without necessarily making the whole place seem under-inhabited.
Add Some Glow
The last thing you want to have is a dimly lit, extra-large space. Such a room would not only look lonely but also deserted. So, if you can, the best thing to do is to add some glow into the mix.
If you already have a fireplace, consider introducing a multi-bulb chandelier as well. Besides that, introduce some indirect lighting e.g. one located beneath the wood-lined surfaces.
It’s also ideal to add that reclaimed log beam(s) into the mix. This can help frame the space and effectively make the height of the ceiling seem lower than it actually might be.
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Some wish for larger houses, others wish for smaller ones. Whichever the situation, the best thing to do is to appreciate what you have and work with it. While at it, it’s important to remember that it’s the little changes we make that eventually count.
We hope that the tips on how to make a big house feel cozy as stated above will help you make an informed decision and that you’ll be able to breathe new life into your living space.