Have you too much space in a living room? Often spaces can be too big, as big as a barn,and the spaces just don’t seem to be intimate, warm and welcoming. This may seem surprising, but it is as common a problem as too little space and is actually a little more tricky to make work. Take some interest in the big public spaces around you – hotel lobbies and bistros – to get ideas. Notice how the different spaces work and how they have been linked together to make a cohesive whole. Is it tied together with colour, similar furniture styles? Is the flooring different? Note the layouts – you will see each has smaller zones for relaxing, dining, or conversation areas within the greater space. It still functions as a seamless, personal attractive whole, and your large living room can be similarly zoned.
To create a spacious feel, unify the room with colour, texture and light, to create harmony within the different areas. Texture is the best way to add personality and keep things welcoming. Using the same texture across the different zones and spaces will provide the glue that pulls the whole thing together.
Keep furniture arrangements simple and easy to reconfigure for gatherings in different ways. Buy more versatile pieces that can be used in different ways. Having a focal point – a large one such as a chimney surround or a rustic armoire for example will brings warmth, texture and personal interest into a room and will anchor down the different areas/zones.
Get the bigger pieces such as sofas off the wall (have said this before) and then place a desk or even smaller chairs behind a sofa with a table in between so that you immediately create another area.Thinking creatively about furnishings and re-inventing pieces will make the room even more interesting.
By keeping the chairs and tables simple and not too heavy looking-be sure you can see underneath them as this creates the illusion of space- they can be easily moved around to suit visitor numbers as and when required.
If you would like help with your large room layout please contact us.
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We also visited Sarsfield Brooke furniture showroom today, with lots of new furniture to get creative with. Available through Interior Designers nationwide.