09 Apr How to make a large space more comfortable
While most of us crave larger living spaces, having a home with tons of space can bring its own disadvantages. Large, open areas can leave us feeling exposed and even vulnerable, affecting our sleep and make our homes feel colder than they should. Here are some ideas to help make a large space feel much more comfortable and cosy:
For homes with very high ceilings, feelings of cold and hearing echoes can make a room feel less inviting than you want it to. A clever tip is to paint the walls in two different tones of colour. This has the effect of bringing the eye down lower to the ground and tricking it into thinking the ceiling is lower then it is. It creates a much cosier feel. You can apply wainscoting to separate the colours but make sure the lighter colour is the one applied to the top half of the wall or you’ll create the opposite affect to that which you’re seeking.
Bringing tall potted plants into a high-ceilinged room is another way of accentuating the height if you want to show it off. If you don’t wish to draw the eye away from the loftiness, then you can soften vertical height and bare corners with the introduction of over-sized houseplants. Not only will they fill up those empty spaces, but houseplants are great for cleaning the air inside your home too.
In a living room, think about incorporating a daybed to act as a room divider. It often makes sense for a very large room to broken up into two separate seating areas or the space between sofas and chairs will be too large and imposing. The space still flows and stays open, as a daybed or chaise longue is low enough to see over, but it breaks up the space nicely into distinct areas, each one feeling cosier as a result.
An option for both a living room or bedroom is to include an attractive screen to create a more intimate area. Whether you want to break up a large bedroom with a screen for dressing or perhaps a cosy, intimate reading corner in a living room, decorative screens are an ideal solution.
Moving furniture away from walls is the best plan for wide, open spaces in order to create smaller, cosier arrangements of furniture in the centre. Soften a blank wall with a console table, a couple of chairs either side and a large canvas or ornate mirror positioned above.
A high ceiling in either a living room, dining room or entryway is the perfect space to fill with a statement light feature from Rocco Borghese, who specialise in bespoke chandeliers London. Getting the right size is important as a large area can swallow up a chandelier that’s too small, resulting in a space that’s unbalanced. Ideally, there should be at least 12 inches of space between the edge of a chandelier and width of the dining table. For rooms other than the dining room, combine the length and width measurements of the room. For example, a 12 x 16 feet room would benefit from a 28-inch diameter chandelier. For rooms that are higher than 9 feet, the style of chandelier that looks best is a two or three tier one.
Work on the assumption that bolder is better when it comes to designing a large space. When hanging artwork or prints on wall, choose a bigger size than the standard ones available. Another interior design trick for swathes of wall space is to group together big pieces of artwork as opposed to hanging multiple smaller pieces around the room. Filling a bigger space with lots of items can often lead to a messy and cluttered appearance. It’s much better to anchor a room with a large piece of furniture like an L-shaped sofa or piano than to fill it with multiple small objects.
If the size of your room is leading to acoustic issues or draughts, then think about adding layers to your décor. Soft fabrics in rugs and curtains work wonders for warming up a room and adding some much-needed texture. Two rugs can be layered together for extra comfort and even accessories like wicker baskets help to absorb sound and soften the harshness of a room.
Think about including upholstered items of furniture as opposed to colder feeling fabrics such as leather, chrome or steel. From a visual perspective, having a unified pattern or fabric makes it easier on the eye when looking across the room. Too much furniture or accessories in a big room can feel disjointed so repetition of fabric or patterns is important to create a cohesive and flowing feel.