A LARGE LIVING ROOM CAN APPEAR COLD AND UNINVITING IF IT ISN’T PUT TOGETHER WELL. HERE’S HOW TO CREATE WARMTH AND COSINESS IN CHILLY SPACES WITH FOUR SIMPLE TRICKS.
With a few great colour choices and expert design tips from our resident interior designer, you’ll be able to bring the warmth into your home.
1. First you need to consider the floors. Vast expanses of space in a living area makes it feel cold and empty. Large rugs can help to divide and define the space and using soft rugs can give a house instant cosiness, and create interest and appeal.
2. Place large-scale furniture in the centre of the room and follow the rug’s lines to create instant warmth. However,
avoid lining sofas against the walls as they will just seem lost.
TOP TIP: Get the scale right. A big room needs big furniture.
3. The other trick is to create a focal point, such as a fireplace, to create intimacy and warmth.
4. And get your lighting right. Fluoros, or even a single pendant, can make a space appear cold and uninviting.
TOP TIP: For best results, use a mixture of overhead lighting and lamps, to create soft pools of light. And for a finishing touch, candles can ramp up the atmosphere in even the most uninviting room.
So a large room needn’t feel like a cavernous hall. All you need is to break it up and treat it as a number of smaller spaces to create a cosy, intimate setting.
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