Decorating a large room can feel so daunting. Too many items and you have a huge space filled with clutter. Too few items and you have the opposite problem and it looks so empty! Try the following tips to strike the perfect balance when decorating a wide-open space.
- Break It Up: Use a console table or a daybed to visually separate the room into two portions. Then, decorate each portion with a slightly different color scheme to indicate that the spaces are different from one another.
- Anchor Yourself: Choose a few statement pieces that will act as anchors in your large space, and decorate around them. The options are endless- from a gorgeous console table to the fireplace, anything can work. Use the color scheme and decorative details of your anchor pieces to give you ideas for how to decorate the rest of the room.
- Ditch The Coffee Table: Get rid of the typical coffee table and replace it with an oversize ottoman. While a piece like this may look huge in the store, it will fit right in once you get it home and into your oversized space. Bonus: Many ottomans open up, providing valuable storage space for blankets and pillows that you are not currently using.
- Go Green: Use tall plants to fill corners and draw the eye to the center of the room. If you don't have the time to care for real plants, high-quality fakes will get the job done. If you decide to go for the real thing, make sure that you take care of the plants. Nothing ruins the energy of a room faster than dead greenery.
- Breakfast For Two: Create a breakfast or reading nook in an empty corner. You can do this easily and inexpensively with two padded chairs and a small end table. Keep the end table interesting by decorating with a plant or stacking favorite books.
- Light It Up: A large, dark room can feel eerie. Warm, welcoming light puts everyone at ease. If the room has large windows, place anchor pieces near them so that you and your guests can enjoy the sunlight. At night (as well as during the day, if your room lacks windows), make use of recessed lighting and lamps to provide orange- and yellow-toned light to make the room feel cozy.
- Think Big: Fill large, empty wall spaces with art or decorative pieces. When walls are empty, they tend to make rooms look more expansive than they actually are. Covering the walls with interesting decor will help the room seem less vast. Be careful not to go too high with your artwork- you want it to be easily viewed at eye level.
- Ask For Help: For some people, decorating comes naturally. For other people... not so much. Even with these tips, decorating a large room can be a daunting task. If you're struggling to get the exact look that you want, call a professional for a consultation today. Afterall, they're professionals. Don't be afraid to get some great new ideas from someone who knows what they're doing!
Olivia Lind spends her day focusing on her job as a CPA, but, in the evenings you’ll find her organizing and decorating the sets of the local theater guild and helping to arrange showroom floors for one of the largest furniture companies on the west coast. In her free time, she enjoys hitting up the local club scene with her friends and taking extended weekend jaunts wherever her VW bug can take her in a day or two.