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"Large space tips for a more intimate, social environment..."

Looking for some large space tips for the room you're working with right now? I’ve discovered there are things you can do to make the most of a large room situation while creating islands of coziness for social interaction.

Large Living Space

Working with a large space can seem almost as challenging as dealing with a small space sometimes. Have you ever been in a big living room that just didn’t feel very functional? The furniture was too far apart perhaps. There wasn’t a sense of intimacy in the space…it just felt big and overwhelming?

Being able to communicate properly in a social setting requires proper placement of furniture and an environment to enhance interaction.

If you have a large room with a high ceiling, here are my top large space tips for making the room feel less cavernous and more intimate:

Create Social Islands

Multiple seating areas are more practical than having to virtually shout across a large room. Create several conversation groupings within the space. Area rugs could be used to further anchor these social areas and enhance the perception of smaller, more intimate spaces within the larger design.

Add Visual Weight

Try larger scaled furniture and artwork. This will carry more visual weight in a big room. It won’t have as much tendency to disappear within the scene. Using items of larger scale should not be confused with over-stuffing the room with furniture and accessories, however. The right balance is important.

Warm the Walls

Large Living Room

Hues on the warm side of the color wheel seem to move forward and visually envelope a space to create a greater sense of intimacy. Take advantage of this by making the walls a warm hue.

Bring the Ceiling Down

Well…not literally. But you can create the perception of a lower ceiling by simply painting it a darker tone than the walls.

Speaking of color...now might be a good time to check out my interior design color page.

Introduce Texture

A strategic mix of tactile qualities will create visual interest – drawing you into the space. Texture depth can be accomplished through a careful choice of flooring, upholstery, draperies, furniture and even accessories.

Large room decorating and design need not be an effort in futility. The careful use of groupings, scale, color and texture can help turn your big space into a welcoming, functional area perfect for relaxation or entertainment.

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