Large living rooms are wonderful to work with, but they offer a few decorating challenges. Oversized rooms can seem like echo chambers if they aren't decorated with attention to scale and proportion. You also need to determine how to use the extra space to advantage - do you want to create cozy conversation areas or keep things on a grand scale?
A large living room can appear disjointed, but repeating a few elements throughout the space ties everything together. Emphasize a distinctive feature, such as lovely architectural arches, by repeating them with a painted niche on an adjoining wall and incorporating artwork echoing the curves. By choosing a simple color palette and using it in various ways, such as this patterned rug, throw pillows, and the prints, you create a room that is harmonious.
Open shelving in a large room allows you to display lots of smaller treasures in one place to avoid the clutter of too many knicknacks scattered about the space. Use focused lighting like these black, wall-mounted lights to highlight them. Touches of black in the art prints and cabinet knobs add some punch in a room of soft neutrals. Pull it all together with a luxurious oriental-style rug in restrained neutrals touched with navy and gold. When you choose a rug with this much detail, it can be the only print in the room.
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Picture windows can be all the art you need in a large room, keeping the focus on the natural beauty outside. Spare furnishings in light, neutral shades create an oasis of calm without competing with the view. Use black judiciously to highlight features like a fireplace and echo the black framing around the windows.
If your budget doesn't allow for an intricately carved, beamed ceiling, create the illusion of one with trompe l'oeil painting. The remarkable, 3D look shown here is achieved by mimicking the way light hits carved Chevrons. The dimensional effect is repeated in the deeply carved armoire. When working with imposing details like these, choose a rug that holds its own, as with this rug that uses bold stitching and dimensional color to add to the room's multi-dimensional appeal.
Boho decor is ideal for larger spaces. To get the look, don't hesitate to pile on the colors and patterns. This room pulls from rich autumnal shades of gold, green, pumpkin, and chocolate. In Boho decor, more is more. They key to success in a large living room is using large-scale furniture like this oversized sofa and bold prints such as the alternating stripes in the rug and throw pillows. Add natural features like the rattan peacock chair and kiln-fired pottery massed with lots of tropical plants. Any door can become a design element when you paint it in bright colors against white walls.
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From how you group your furniture to how you define areas within the larger space, keep the size of the room in mind. The right size furnishings, the number of decorative elements, and the strategic use of floor coverings all contribute to creating a harmonious whole. Successful large living room ideas preserve the feeling of spaciousness while integrating personality and comfort into the room.
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