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Many people think that a small space is the hardest to decorate. Older properties in more suburban areas (for instance, that house for rent in ampang that you saw listed online) tend to have much larger spaces in general. While you might think that this is a problem everyone is fighting to have, that does not automatically make it a piece of cake. Sometimes, larger spaces have their own set of challenges too. For example, larger than average living room can be wonderful when entertaining, but not as cozy nor as functional for normal day to day living. Because space is not an issue, the tendency is to throw things together haphazardly and simply muddle along. Just like small spaces, your décor and styling need to be deliberate and well thought-out.
1. Designate Zones
Unlike smaller rooms, where you will likely only have enough space for one conversation area, larger rooms can function as so much more than that. However, with the possibility comes the higher chance of it all turning into a mod-podge of haphazardly placed furniture with no flow. Thus, you need to get creative to figure out how you can best utilize the shape and size of the room you have. You can incorporate numerous conversation zones and multiple seating areas with different furniture groupings, a media zone, an area for a writing desk, a reading area – the possibilities are endless!
2. Divide Visually
If your living room is large – like a large undivided box – you can try visually dividing the room up. This doesn’t mean that you have to put up new walls. Rather, you can play around with semi-permanent ways such as adding ceiling beams or columns to visually separate the spaces. If you want more flexibility, you can use your décor such as rugs, curtains or wallpaper and play around with your furniture placement to create visually separate but cozy places within the larger room. Try putting a sofa with its back to another space, add an attractive screen, or even use a large bookcase to visually divide the spaces into its own area.
3. Anchor the Space
Large living rooms can end up feeling like a collection of clutter if you put too many small or similarly sized pieces in the room. Break up the monotony by incorporating some anchoring pieces such as a large sofa, large coffee table, or even a piano to act as focal points. Then you can add in the smaller pieces here and there as accents.
4. Scale Matters
When it comes to space, whether small or large, proportions do matter. Tall ceilings can dwarf short and squat furniture, in turn making your room feel out of balance. In this case, consider a tall bookcase, armoire or sofas and chairs with taller backs. Balance out the proportions of your room with your furniture and décor.
In a large space where you have more furniture and accessories, it can all start to feel haphazard if everything does not match well. You can tie a large room of furniture together through unifying styles, or even repetition. Repeat fabric patterns or accent colors to carry your eye around the room, making it more visually pleasing.
6. Use Color
Color and pattern can be ingenious ways to break up big expanses of walls in a large living room. In taller rooms, it can even cut the size of the walls down to a more comfortable height. For example, you can add paneling with varying shades of neutrals or colors painted above it and below the molding. Or, you can also try painting the ceiling a share or two darker than your walls, which will make your ceilings seem lower and give the room a more snug and cozy vibe.
7. Double Up
The emptier the space you have, the larger it will look. For larger rooms, you can’t have too little furniture, lest your room ends up looking just downright bare. For example, if you can’t find a coffee table large enough for your space, try matching two identical ones together. You can also experiment with rugs, such as using two rugs to define separate conversation areas, rather than just one big rug for the whole living room. Doubling up your furniture pieces can double up the impact.
8. Avoid Too Much Wall Hugging
When you have a larger space, having your furniture pushed back against the walls can look funny, as it leaves too much open space in the middle. Don’t render your guests having to shout to each other due to your furniture being too far apart. You can place your pieces in the middle of the room, out from the walls, to create a cozier conversation area around a focal point, like a great mantle or media center. Don’t be afraid of empty walls, for the wall space can now be used for art, consoles, bookcases or even an extra armchair or two.
9. Bold is Best
Whatever you put in your room, make sure it matches the size – again, the proportions. If you have any artwork or accessories, the bigger your space, the bolder they should be. You can even group large pieces together to make even more of an impact, rather than leaving them as smaller pieces dotter around the room.
10. Layers Cozy Up the Space
If you have enough furniture, and sound still echoes, or your room still feels cold, it might not be the size, just the layering. Think about adding more layers. For example, you can add area rugs, hang more curtains, or even add in a basket or two for more texture and sound absorption. More texture and layers help soften the feel of your space, making it much cozier and inviting. Oh, and don’t forget the upholstered pieces too!
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