Six Ways to Successfully Style Large Living Rooms
When styling a living room, many professional interior designers know that it’s not just small spaces that present a decorating dilemma. Large living rooms also offer several unique challenges that should be considered throughout the design process. While smaller living spaces can feel cramped and crowded, larger rooms, when not adequately appointed, can feel cold, stark, and unwelcoming. Additionally, while bigger areas offer an excellent space for entertaining, they are often not as cozy or even as functional as some of their smaller counterparts.
If you’re getting ready to redecorate your larger living room, knowing a few proven suggestions can help you save time, money, and sanity throughout the process. Some favorite tips and tricks from professional Loveland interior designers include:
Get Into the Zone
Smaller living areas usually have limited options for seating, entertaining, and relaxing. However, big rooms have the potential for so much more than just one giant sitting area. The best way to optimize all possible square footage? Assign different zones based on potential function within the space.
For example, you may have an entertaining spot, a multimedia area, a place for your desk and computer, a gaming section, or even a “book nook” where you can curl up and catch up on your reading (or if you’d rather, your sleep). Designating the zones and functions of the space before you begin the design can help you best determine how you will use the room.
Here’s an article for you to learn more about how to create zones in your large spaces.
Find Natural Space Dividers
Once you’ve designated your living area zones, you’ll want to divide the space visually based on various features and components found in the room. If you don’t currently have any features to use as dividers, add some. Installing pillars, half walls, and ceiling beams are all popular ways to break up a large room aesthetically for a more organic transition between one designated space to another.
Not crazy about using adding semi-permanent components to serve as a divider? Consider using less permanent options such as curtains, accent walls, throw rugs, and even large pieces of furniture to define your spaces quickly and precisely.
Implementing a cohesive color palette and coordinating wall patterns can help break up vast stretches of open wall space as well as bring the height of tall walls back down to scale. Use vibrant, warmer colors to give the space visual depth that instantly makes the room feel more comfortable. You can also install wainscoting and crown molding to further break up your wall space.
Bonus Tip: To really make your great room feel cozier, paint your ceiling a shade or two darker than the walls.
Find Your Anchors
Large living areas that are overrun with smaller furnishings often end up looking and feeling cluttered and unorganized. Forget lots of tiny accents and furniture; opt instead to first include a few large items to anchor your room and serve as a focal point in the space. A large sectional sofa, a more prominent coffee table, and even various built-in features like bookcases and spiral stairways can ground your great room, leaving enough space for your smaller furnishings to be used without making the room feel too busy and chaotic.
Height Is Important
The height of your tall ceiling can also throw off the equilibrium of your great room. Unfortunately, many homeowners find out too late that shorter furniture in a room with high ceilings is instantly overwhelmed (and ultimately overlooked). Whenever possible, consider purchasing taller furniture to maintain the scale of the room. High-backed chairs and sofas, armoires, and even taller bookcases can all help visually balance the space and make it feel more welcoming to guests.
Eliminate Wallflower Furniture
Some homeowners, uncertain of how to arrange furniture in a bigger area, simply push all their furnishings against the walls. The result? An overcrowded perimeter and an ocean of wide-open space in the center of the room. Don’t force your guests to have to yell across the room to you; instead pull seating out away from the walls and create an intimate conversation space near a focal point such as a bookshelf, large window, or fireplace.
Worried you’ll be left with too many empty walls? Don’t be; you can use your newfound wall space for artwork, credenzas, bookcases, benches, and even a workstation to fill in and define the remaining areas to complete the look.
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