Humans value space, and that’s why you see most people building giant houses. Even for those who started with smaller homes, you’ll hear them talking of expansions once they get some good cash. (1)
Indeed, in a survey by Trulia, 43% of the respondents expressed their wish to live in larger homes than what they have at the moment. On the contrary, only 16% of them would want to downsize. (2)
If you already have a large home, and for that sake, a large living room, or are planning to have one soon, one of the challenges you might face is styling it up. The extensive floor area, high ceilings, vast walls, and giant headroom calls for more creativity to make the space feel cozy like a home should.
As such, here are three design ideas to style up a large living room.
1. Spice Up the Walls
With walls spanning dozens of square meters, you wouldn’t want to leave them blank with monochrome paint only.
Such large, unbroken spaces can appear desolate if not spiced up correctly. Here are some of the most popular ways to invigorate large walls:
- Wall Tapestry: Tapestries are fascinating artwork that any home should have. These are fabric pieces of artwork imprinted with various patterns, animals, flowers, funny characters, landscapes, and more. Indeed, most of the elegant homes have them. You’d want to go for the large-sized ones that cover a significant portion of your huge walls. Fortunately, they’re usually budget-friendly, and you won’t spend a fortune even if you purchase several.
- Statement Wall Clock: Wall clocks have been around since the 14th Century, but their popularity isn’t set to dwindle any time soon. They’re probably the most ubiquitous design objects in homes worldwide. Aside from their functional role of displaying the current time, they’re also an excellent decorative piece. For your large living room, you’d want to go for a gigantic one that spans about a meter or so in diameter. You and the rest of your family members will be able to read the time from all corners of the sitting room. (4)
- Bold Paint: According to Apartment Therapy, one of the homeowners’ most common color mistakes is playing it too safe for fear of making the wall too wild. For a large front room, please don’t do the usual neutral colors and leave it at that, as the place ends up feeling so lonely. Instead, have one or two accent walls with bold colors, like olive green, dark blue, hot pink, and coral. Also, it would help if you paint the ceiling several shades darker than the walls so that it doesn’t feel so tall. (5)
2. Rethink Your Furniture Choice and Arrangement
Did you know that, after a house and a car, furniture is the third most expensive item you’ll buy while still alive?
Thus, you must carefully consider the design, style, and color of any furniture you intend to bring into your living room.
Otherwise, if hastily picked, you might not like the outcome, and you’ll have to spend a lot of money replacing them or accept the mistake and bear with them. (6)
Here are a few tips on furniture choice and arrangement for large front rooms:
- Go for taller furniture: If you have tall ceilings that make your room feel imbalanced, your best bet is taller furniture. Shorter furniture will only appear dwarfed and unaesthetic. So, ensure your chairs, bookcases, sofas, armoire, and the rest are all tall.
- Zone furniture into small groupings: Interior designer Ashley Knierim reiterates that to have a happy home, you must make it warm, cozy, and welcoming. If your sofas are so spaced from each other, your home ends up feeling cold and unfriendly. One way to avoid that is by zoning furniture. You can have the main sitting area, a reading corner, and a gaming zone. In each of these, place the sofas and tables close enough so that conversations are easier. (7)
- Add area rugs: For each of the furniture groupings, you’d want to have an area rug that extends to the perimeter of the zone. You wouldn’t want to have a wall-to-wall carpet, as the room will feel endless and monotonous.
- Keep off the walls: Placing all sofas against the wall is another no-no you’d want to steer clear of. The open space between the sofas will be so huge that people sitting on opposite ends won’t feel like they’re together. So, make a point of positioning the sofas away from the walls to create a cozier sitting arrangement. Check out these wood mirrors and choose one as your wall’s masterpiece instead.
- Repeated styles: You’ll likely have dozens of furniture in your large front room, and it might end up looking less pleasant and too much to the eyes, especially if each one of them has a unique design. Therefore, consider repeating fabric patterns on sofas and throw pillows to make the vast space more visually pleasing.
3. Update the Ceiling
It’s said that architecture is the art of covering four walls with a roof. In other words, the beauty of any structure depends on the techniques and skills of architects in constructing the roof.
Leaving the exterior look of the roof aside, you need a creative approach when designing the ceiling. Otherwise, the rest of the home will look boring. (8)
Some factors for you to consider are:
- Ceiling Beams: It’s certainly uninteresting to stare at an endless wall-to-wall white ceiling board above your head. It’s worthwhile to break it up with sizable wooden beams painted in a contrasting color to the ceiling boards and preferably to crisscross each other to form box or diamond patterns. To spruce it even further, paint the different sections of the ceiling using different colors to achieve a checkered look.
- Ceiling box: Aside from the beams, you may opt for a ceiling box at the center of the room with decorative molding, similar to the magnificent cathedral finishes. With such intricate details, you’ll forever be awed by the spirit of artistry invested in the installation and thus find the large space interesting.
- Chandelier: The minimal recessed LED lights may not work well with large rooms. What you need is a grandiose chandelier strategically placed above the sitting area. Imagine the kinds you see in the homes of celebrities and take inspiration from them.
Ready to Style Your Large Living Room?
Hopefully, the handful of tips above will get you rolling with the styling up of your large sitting room. For the simpler tasks, such as hanging wall art, you can do it yourself.
But for more demanding tasks, such as hanging chandeliers and decorating the ceiling, consider hiring an experienced home interior designer.
Above all else, get as creative as you can be, and the results will be admirable by all who behold your work.
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- “Go Big and Go Home: Many Americans Want a Larger House,” https://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2015/02/26/trulia-survey-many-americans-want-a-bigger-house
- “Tapestries – Highlighting the Beauty of Your Wall,” https://ezinearticles.com/?Tapestries—Highlighting-the-Beauty-of-Your-Wall&id=3724578
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