Tips for Decorating Large Spaces
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Although it's fun to update a family room with the latest design trends, one should always keep in mind the purpose of this space. It is absolutely vital to create a space that is cozy and – above all – practical, so that no one is nervous about a drink being spilled or sticky fingers. Add some entertainment – not just the TV and computer – but good old-fashioned family games, jigsaws and photo albums, so that it's an inviting place to be.
If you have kids, get them involved in planning your room. If the rest of the house is very grown-up, let them add some trendy detailing, such as a shag-pile carpet, an abstract-print wallpaper on one wall, or a beaded curtain strung across the doorway. It will end up being everybody's favorite room.
Try using the following tips for decorating your large space:
- Use vivid or dark colors such as blue, green and red on walls, windows and even the ceiling to make a cavernous room feel more intimate.
- Select bold fabric patterns to make upholstered furniture appear larger.
- Choose medium- to large-scale furnishings. These work best merely because they look appropriate in large spaces. Small pieces can look lost and too many can create a cluttered look.
- "Float" furniture by moving it away from the walls to fill a large space and create open walkways throughout the room.
There's no need to be overwhelmed by a large room. Just remember that a large space is nothing more than a collection of smaller spaces. The more you break it up, the easier it comes together.
See you in your great, family living room!