Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Décor tips for big rooms

If you have a very big living room and are at your wits’ end trying to figure out a way to fill up space, don’t fret. You are actually one of the lucky ones to have so much open space. Bigger than average rooms can be wonderful for entertaining, but not as cozy or even functional for day to day living. So how can you make the best of a large living room? Here are a few tips to keep in mind while dealing with huge spaces-

1.  Partition your space. Set up different areas for different activities like reading, playing, relaxing etc.
2.  Do not align your furniture against the wall. Pull your sofas forward and place them at an angle. Make more than one sitting arrangement in the room and place furniture in groups. This facilitates conversation and makes the room feel warm and welcoming.
3.  There is nothing less cozy than a room that feels too formal. Make the room look informal.
4.  Swap your coffee table for an oversize ottoman. Large seating arrangements can feel a bit empty if there is too much distance between the sofa and coffee table. Choosing a big upholstered ottoman instead of a traditional coffee table will close that gap and add softness at the same time.
5.  Add rugs to divide your floor space. Even if you have a wall to wall carpet, throw some rugs over it to define different areas. This can make the room appear fragmented and thus small.
6.  Do not hesitate in using oversized furniture like deep sofas or high back chairs.
7.  Use an L-shaped sectional sofa as a room divider. It’s a great way to divide two seating areas or dividing the living and dining spaces in an open-plan space.
8.  Another great use of surplus wall space is for housing a few extra chairs. A console table between a pair of chairs with a large mirror or artwork above always looks smart, and you can pull the chairs in closer when hosting a large group.
9.  Add some space minimizing objects like folding screens or tall plants to partition off a small section.
10.   Use warm colors in medium to dark tones to make the room appear smaller.
11.        If your room also has many windows, try reversing colors on different windows. This will not only create a beautiful effect but also will make the room appear cozier.
12.        Use large pieces of art work to decorate your walls and also use bigger show pieces around the room.
13.        Avoid Dead space. Don’t leave space empty without any use. Make use of each and every corner of your room and at the same time make sure you don’t clutter it up. If you can’t think of what to put in an empty corner, just put a tall plant with some drift wood and you’re done.
14.        No matter what size of a room you have, lighting can make a difference in how the room feels. Fortunately, with a large room there are often more windows, so during the day lighting isn’t as much of a concern. But shadows and dark corners can make everyone feel uneasy at night. If you have just one center ceiling light, you will likely want to add more light with lamps.
15.        In a large space, there tends to be more furniture and accessories, which can feel a bit haphazard. One way to tie a large room of furniture together and unify your style is through repetition. Repeating fabric patterns or colors on chairs or throw pillows will help carry your eye around the room and feel visually more pleasing.

Interior and Landscape Designer

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