COLD COMFORT

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.

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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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