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Design Guide for Large Living Rooms Too often it's the small spaces that get all the attention, with hints and tip everywhere on ways to make a room feel bigger. But if you're fortunate enough to be in the predicament of trying to fill a large living space with furniture, the advice isn't always as free-flowing.

Here are some style tips on how to decorate a large living room, filling the blank canvas to create a space that works well and looks wonderful too.

Anchoring the room

The most important starting point in filling a large living room is to anchor it with a big sofa (the New York Leather Sofa at Wayfair is gorgeous) and a large rug. If you get intimidated by large-scale items and play it safe—including furniture that's too small for the room—you end up dwarfing the area and throwing off the proportions.

In fact, you might have enough space to include two sofas, in which case it's best you set them up in an L-shape and then place one or two high-back armchairs across from them to create a conversation zone —the French Chic 1960s Armchair by Raki (available at Wayfair) brings a classy, vintage vibe to the room. A large coffee table in the middle is the final anchor; square table for formal, round table for relaxed. Redeem Wayfair Coupon for 20% OFF or more on select items in this September 2015 at!

Because you have the space to play with, keep sofas off the rugs (butt the legs up against the edge of the rug instead). If you choose to place all of the furniture on top of your rugs, it will draw the space in and make it feel smaller.

Creating zones

Avoid the rookie error of pushing your sofas against a wall. You have ample space to play with so there's no need to do that. In fact, in some spaces, you'll have an opportunity to split the area into two zones, each with a different purpose.

To do this, place one sofa in the middle of the space and back it up against a credenza, buffet orhall table of equal height. In front of the sofa is where you'll have your coffee table and a couple of armchairs as discussed above. Opposite the credenza, stage formal armchairs on a rug and make this a zone where you read or sit in front of the fireplace (if you're lucky enough to have one, of course!).

If you do have two zones, link them visually by using similar rug colours or patterns.

Filling your walls

Bare walls in a large space will make it feel baron and incomplete. This is another scenario in which you have to go big. Large pieces of art are your best bet here, as smaller frames will look proportionally odd. If you have high ceilings, go for vertical (portrait orientation) art that will lead the eye up and celebrate the space you have. If you're working with standard ceilings, consider three large pieces of square art side by side that take up the majority of the wall to create a dominant moment.

Mirrors bounce light around your space and make it feel bigger, so since the room is already large, I'd avoid more than one mirror in the living room.


A large space is going to need a fair amount of lighting - especially mood lighting. To do this in a big living room, opt for large side lamps with wide shades (two of the Justin Timber Table Lampwould be perfect). Placing them on buffets or side tables in the living room is a wise idea. Go for symmetry and place them either side of your sofa if you want it to be formal, or opt to sprinkle them more randomly over the space if you want to create a more casual zone.

The same rules apply for floor lamps: the bigger the better!

A great way to use light well and fill your large space is to line the entire wall with bookcases or shelves hat take up an entire wall and fix lights to shine onto books, art or mementos. This creates an almost art gallery feel and gives the room some visual points of interest.

Hopefully these tips will have you feeling less intimidated about decorating your large living space!

Design guide for large living rooms  

Design Guide for Large Living Rooms

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