Use of space is one of the strongest issues regearding home decor. I find large spaces just as challenging as small spaces during the process, or rather journey, of home decor. Sprawling wide spaces opened like canvas are more likely to go out of hands and failing to meet the vision during the home decor process than the smaller ones, which are prone to go towards the crampy side. So here are a few tips to create a beauty out of an open
1- Group pieces of furniture into two or more separate seating arrangements. Use a divan to fill a corner in a living room or to add more seating arrangement. Add a reading corner or a console for added storage.
2- Place the furniture away from the wall to create an oasis in the room rather than a huge pool of dead space left undefined in the middle. Instead of arranging it in a traditional-according-to-the-wall arrangement you can create a semi circle or you can play around with your key pieces.
3- Arrange the room around a focal point such as a fireplace or a home theatre system in the living room. Or make a bold piece of art, wall colour or furniture the focal point to arrange the rest of the room.
4- Rule of the thumb for decorating large spaces is: divide, define and harmonise
Divide the room in various sections by grouping pieces of furniture together. This does not require formal markings of the space it can be done with the use of furniture and rugs very effectively.
Define the purpose of the room and than use that as to further describe the purpose of that space in accordance
And finally unify it with a common feature such as colours, textures, art or rugs to create harmony.
5- Go big. Use large art and large patterns to match the proportion of the room. When you have a large expanse of wall, you can fill it with a large art piece or a large grouping of smaller pieces. But avoid small pieces hanging alone on the wall. They would appear lost in the space. The same principle applies to the furniture. A small chair or sofa would be lost in a space. To bring the desired effect pieces should be bold enough to dominate the space and create the desired drama.
6- Get some zones going in the room using colours and rugs.
8- Blank white walls are the most basic and the most challenging canvas anyone can have. Use it as that! and bring out your creativity!
The bottom line is any time you move into a new space, whether large or small, it seems empty and big. The key to decorate a large space like a small one is to live there. Fins out what the space inspires in you or what you want the space to do for you. Put up a few things slowly and when you can – a few favorite pictures, a swatch of bright fabric, etc. In a year you’ll have a space that reflects you an is in stark contrast to the blank walls you had before.
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