Thursday, October 14, 2010
Decorating Large Rooms
Choose colours that warm and enliven the room, but don't automatically go to dark colours it's true, a large space can be your opportunity to use colours like bottle green or oxblood, but a huge expanse of a deep or bright colour can also seem overwhelming.
Consider breaking up the colour, using different hues on different walls, or going with a complex, multi-toned colour scheme for drama without excess.
Divide the room into areas: a living room might have a conversation area with a sofa and chairs grouped around a fireplace, a music area with piano and seating, and a media lounge area with telly, stereo, and more casual seating. Use slightly different paint colours on the walls to distinguish the areas, while still keeping the colours toning for a cohesive feel.
You can use more elaborate window dressings and soft furnishings in a large room, too. Colours like gold, deep brown, or red look comfortable in a large space, where they might seem fussy in a smaller room. Choose a biscuit or grey for the walls and use bright hues like shocking pink and turquoise for soft furnishings. you can even use midnight blue or black in a large space.
Above all, choose furniture and art work in keeping with the scale of the rooms. Then you can really spread out and enjoy yourself, instead of feeling dwarfed.