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How to Design a Large Room That Still Feels Inviting

Normally at Freshome we pay a lot of attention to designs around small spaces. The reality, however, is that those with the opposite problem also deserve our time and attention. Today we reveal our best tricks for designing a large space. Read on to learn how to put together a vast space without feeling too grim.

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Break up the room in different functional areas. Image: Lindye Galloway Interiors

Split the space visually

Here is one of the biggest secrets of dealing with vast spaces: you can break through the space of your choice. In this case, every large room in your house does not have to have a single purpose. Instead, you can split the space into clearly different areas to enhance functionality while using square images at the same time.

Take the picture above as an example. Yes, the main purpose of the room is to serve as a bedroom. However, if the room was just a bed and a chest of drawers, it would swim in the empty room. That is why the owner has added two extra seating areas. The room still offers enough space to sleep, but you now also have a place to curl up with a good book or your morning coffee.

If you decide to go this route, you design the room in the same way as an open concept space. Enter with an attack plan for which purpose you want each of the different areas to serve. Then add visuals such as carpets, lighting fixtures and designated paths to show the viewer that each part of the room has its own unique purpose.

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Use a rug to ground the room. Image: Blue Ocean Design

Anchor the room with a rug

If you want to visually tie a large room, there is no better way to do this than with a large rug. A carpet in the area helps to ground a seating area, a dining table or a bed frame. It helps to make the furniture look more focused instead of just as if all your pieces are floating in space.

When buying a rug, the correct dimensioning is of crucial importance. Generally, you can follow these guidelines:

  • If you choose one full room carpetDo not forget to leave room for an edge of floors on all sides. 18 inches is considered the standard boundary measurement.
  • If your dress will be a seating area, measure the length and width of the seating area in the current layout and buy the next size larger.
  • If the rug is intended mark a piece of furniture such as a dining table, make sure he is big enough to go beyond the piece with space on all sides. For a dining table is 24 inches standard. However, it should be less if you work with a smaller piece as a coffee table.

That said, the placement of your furniture is also important. When designing a large space, it can be tempting to place all your furniture along the walls. However, this can leave an uncomfortable amount of dead space in the middle of the room. Instead, think about keeping your furniture central – and by extension the area blanket. At that moment extra square meters becomes a useful walkway.

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Choose furniture that matches the scale of the room. Image: Mary Cook

Pay attention to scale

Another thing to think about is the scale of the items, and especially the furniture that you put in the room. In the use of speech in the interior, scale and proportions refer to how well the size of an item corresponds to the space itself. Here it is logical that if you have to fill a larger room, you also want to have larger furniture.

You want to focus on finding furniture with a heavier visible weight. Generally, upholstered items often look heavier than those without cushions. Furniture that is low to the floor seems heavier than articles on tapered legs. Keep in mind that this principle also goes beyond the furniture. You will also want to find lighting fixtures and wall art that are large enough to work in the room, for example.

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If in doubt, consider multiples. Image: JCD Custom Home Design

Think in multiples

The last tip we offer for larger rooms is to not be afraid to double furniture and accessories to take up more space. It may seem odd at first to try to wrap your head around the idea of ​​having two benches and two footstools, but as you can see from the image above, you can use multiples to create a chic look.

If you decide to go this route, it is important to give the big room a sense of balance. Not only has the balance been psychologically attractive, it will also help you to feel your design more coherent. Focus on using your dual design elements to create near-mirror images.

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