Top Tips for Decorating a Large Room

It is always a challenge to find the right scale when it comes to decorating any room, but it is especially difficult when it comes to decorating large spaces.  This challenge is especially common with open-floor layouts that are becoming the norm in new construction.

Instinctively, the room’s perimeters tend to be its guidelines when it comes to furniture placement; however, this is not necessarily the case when it comes to bigger spaces.  To avoid typical pitfalls and classic mistakes these large room design tips are all you need.

Arrange furniture around functional areas that form distinct spaces but share common design elements, color scheme and theme.  In a large living room, there may be a sectional sofa for TV watching and a few swivel armchairs that function as a separate seating area.  The same layout logic applies in a large bedroom where the bed (sleeping space) is complemented by a sitting area an example of which includes the Vinci chairs and Monet bed by Cierre.

Monet platform bed by Cierre

Monet platform bed by Cierre

Keep the ceiling in mind when buying furniture.  A low ceiling in a large room may hinder on its roominess and not allow the same layout or scale that would normally be appropriate in a high ceiling room.  On the other hand a very high ceiling in a large room will modify the furniture scale of the room.  Use ceiling pendants or chandeliers to compensate for the extra ceiling height by suspending them a little lower than usual or large scale floor lamps like the Twiggy by Foscarini to give the illusion of intimacy.

Twiggy floor lamp by Foscarini

Twiggy floor lamp by Foscarini

Twiggy floor lamp by Foscarini

Twiggy floor lamp by Foscarini

Staying away from the walls is key!  In a large living room, keeping a “realistic” distance from the TV is also important.  Furniture layout should be centered closer to the TV or fireplace instead of positioned around the room’s physical perimeter otherwise the distance and sheer size of the room will become a discomfort.  Anchoring with an area rug (as demonstrated by Presotto in its crossART wall unit collection) is one of the easiest tricks to define the space and give an illusion of walls.

crossART wall unit by Presotto

crossART wall unit by Presotto

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