The Simplest Ways To Make A Large, Empty Room Feel More Comfortable

The Simplest Ways To Make A Large, Empty Room Feel More Comfortable
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    The open concept floor plan is the trend for home buyers and builders today.

    The wide, open interior spaces are desirable for family living, but they can be challenging to decorate.

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Consider these tips for simple ways to make a large, empty room feel more comfortable.

Paint With Color

Wall paint is the simplest and least expensive way to make a large space feel more warm and inviting. Select paint colors that will complement the room decor and use varying tones or paint finishes to define certain spaces within the large room. If the room has a high, vaulted ceiling, use two different paint colors on the wall to make the space seem less imposing and more inviting. Apply one paint color up to the 12 foot mark, then go the remaining way up with another complimentary color. Applying the same wall color, just in different finishes, will also make the space seem smaller.

Area Rugs

Use colorful area rugs from The Dump to define separate spaces within the large room. Create conversation pits, game areas, a media viewing area and a dining area by placing furniture pieces on area rugs in different sections of the large room. This is especially important if you have hardwood floors throughout the home.

Fabric

Large rooms tend to sound hollow and echo noise, fabric will absorb the noise and make the room feel more comfortable. Use as much fabric furniture, throw pillows and area rugs as possible.

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Use floor-to-ceiling draperies for sound absorption and consider suspending floor-to-ceiling fabric drapes from the ceiling (not over a window) to define one of the spaces within the room as well.

Wall Art

Select wall art that depicts an image or color for each unique space within the room. For example, wall art for the dining area may feature a painting of a bottle of wine and greenery that coordinates with the deep purple and shades of green in the area rug selected to place the dining table on. Hanging large pieces fabric decor, such as a vintage quilt, as wall art is a perfect way to help define a smaller space within a large room and provide sound absorption.

Lighting

Several lighting options will add the finishing touches to the room. Add task lighting in the form of decorative lamps throughout the space. Select lamps for each space that contain the same colors as the individual spaces to further help define the separate areas. Use a mixture of floor lamps, desk lamps and up-lights to provide adequate lighting for each space any time of day or night.

By breaking up a large room into smaller areas with the use of color, rugs and wall art, the space will feel warm, inviting and comfortable for the entire family. These tips can get you started on creating the perfect space in your home.

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