Design tips for decorating a large room
Who doesn’t like more space? But designing a large room can be as challenging as decorating a small one. But, if you’re the owner of a big home, this can be a fun challenge because a large room does not have the limiting dimensions of a room that is much smaller in size.
Of course, basic design rules will still apply. However, in this blog, we give you certain design tips to spruce up your large room and empty spaces in style:
If you have a large room, it helps to arrange furniture to create individual spaces that function together as a whole; for example, you might separate one part as a conversation or TV-watching space, another as a reading nook and still another as a small gaming area but the decor of these separately defined spaces should gel into each other presenting an uniform look and feel.
When furnishing, keep in mind the scale of your room. For instance, a room with low ceilings should have low height furniture to create an appearance of height. However, if you have a high ceiling, low-to-the ground furnishings may appear lost in the space. At the end of the day, it’s all a matter of proportion.
Pushing all your furniture against the walls in a large room may make your guests feel they need to shout in order to be heard. All furniture must be placed within three feet of each other to create areas that look warm and inviting.
Cushioned, rounded seating often looks better in a large room than modern or French antique style furniture. Skirted sofas and chairs with arms will also lend warmth to a large, cold space.
Columns or moldings can combine effectively with other furniture to enhance the beauty of a large space and are therefore worth investing in.
There is often a tendency to clutter a large room only because more space is available. Larger decor elements like large artworks, vases and potted plants will fit in appropriately at the same time not cluttering the space. If you have smaller items in your collection, thinking in groups of 3 will give them a visual cohesion and keep them from getting lost in a large space.
Decor can also be used to segregate spaces as discussed above. For instance, columns can separate out a family “zone”, a room divider can designate a separate and intimate reading space, whereas rugs will give the right look and feel to a separate seating and conversation area.
Colors & Patterns
As always, too many colors is never the idea, whether the room is big or small. A large room looks best when the large, basic furnishings are in neutral colors with accent colors used intelligently to enhance the space and bring cohesion to the room. Also, muted colors can lend a cozy feeling, which can also be achieved by a wisely planned blend of bright colors with warm, neutral shades. Warm whites, creams and grays when balanced out with brighter shades in cooler tones can create a warm yet vibrant overall effect.
Ensuring a variety of patterns and textures can add contrast and interest in a large space. A mix and match of bold patterns can be nice too; for example, a large floral blended with a solid sheen can create a striking contrast.
A large room can be painted either in one color or in multiple shades. When choosing multiple, the trick is to pinpoint a corner or an architectural detail such as the place where the molding begins to make the color change. Reflecting the wall colors in your fabric and decor will give an uniform look to your room.