The most important area in every home is the living room, regardless of whether it has been designed as a reception saloon, dining area, play zone for kids, or a peaceful reading nook.
Basically, spacious living rooms can assume several different roles, especially with no extra rooms around to cover for those.
This is why big living room ideas should be analyzed carefully and planned with care.
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How to design a big living room? The first and most important rule is to make it comfortable and dismiss the feeling of emptiness without making it too busy on the other hand.
What this means is that large couches will work just fine as the central large living room furniture, and you can go on adding pieces upon need.
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For most of us, large living room designs work around the concept of a contemporary parlor where you will organize gatherings and parties, and host events for your special moments.
Large living room layouts are focused on entertainment, and try to make maximal use of the space you have available.
What you may not know is that you can achieve the very same result with a huge living room, as long as you follow several ‘visual spaciousness’ rules:
- Pick one color, and spread it around. It doesn’t come as a surprise that large living room ideas usually work with a single color, as the uninterrupted flow of one shade on walls, doors, and trims creates the illusion of the room being bigger than it actually is.
- Think vertically: Height is an often neglected dimension that can make big living rooms look even bigger. In order to make use of it, hang your drapes and curtains higher than the frame of your windows, ideally with crowd moldings beautifying the edge between the walls and the ceiling. These solutions are eye-catchy and distractive, particularly when you support them with decorative shelves and large living room pictures.
- Make use of reflection. You can use mirrors to make your salon even more beautiful, and let light spread evenly all around the room. For a more open feeling, use wall mirrors and position them next to lamps and similar light sources. Don’t forget the compulsory mirror opposite the window, as in such way you will create the illusion that there is an additional window in the room.
- Balance between sizes, colors, and patterns. Oversized ottomans and settees will look just adorable placed close to a delicate coffee table, especially when you choose the right colors and patterns to complement the look. The more balanced your room looks, the more welcomed your guests will feel in it.
- Bring furniture together: In order to ‘protect’ the spaciousness we’re working with, we tend to make one very common mistake: Sticking furniture right up against the walls! What could have a much better effect is to rearrange pieces and pull them closer to each other, as in this way the room will look way bigger than it is.
Expose furniture legs: This is another simple trick that makes large living rooms airier and more spacious, compared to using solid line furniture in oval shapes.
- Hide the clutter: With a large room at our disposal, we often believe there is enough space for all of our belongings. What we should do instead is to store things efficiently (if possible, using furniture with several different purposes), and making sure there is no clutter to obstruct movement.
Oakley Home Builders
How to furnish a large living room and turn it into a haven of comfort?
1. Tall potted plants place in strategic positions. With a room with fill bare and high ceilings, place tall potted plants and trees to fill the lonely ceilings. Make sure, however, that the space supports the needs of those plants, including sunlight and airiness. If possible, consult the vendor or a garden specialist for detailed instructions.
2. Paint walls with two tones. With tall plants around to accentuate empty corners and high ceilings, you may as well consider achieving the opposite effect on the walls. What you can do here is paint half of the walls with a neutral and cozy color, and leaving the upper half plain white to trick the eye into thinking that the ceilings are even higher.
3. Replace tiny coffee tables with oversized ottomans. A tiny coffee table may not look as pleasant stuck between large seating arrangements, and that’s why we recommend fancy upholstered ottomans instead to soften the ambiance.
4. A couple of X-benches to complete the seating plan. X-benches and armchairs will look just adorable in empty spots distanced from the seating area, or maybe in front of your rustic fireplace. With more space to organize, you can also consider side tables and footstools to accompany them.
5. Dividing the room with daybeds. The larger the living room is, the more you will feel as dividing it in different areas, but instead of doing so the traditional way, we invite you to be creative and use furniture for the purpose. A comfy daybed, chaise, or a bench will all work perfectly for the purpose.
6. Use consol tables to define the zones. The room doesn’t have to be clearly divided in order to look sectioned, especially when it comes to defining the seating area. In this case, all you’ll have to do is locate an ideal spot for the sofa, and to place a beautiful console table next to it.
7. Hanging decorative screens. A simple trick to turn and open and large spaces into intimate and protected areas is to use decorative and partially folded screen. The best position for them is behind sofas and chairs, so that visitors will have the impression that the room is smaller than it seems.
8. A quick, all-in-one solution: L-shaped sectionals! Despite of being referred to as a fading and outdated trend, L-shaped sectionals work great in large and modern living room. Even those already considering other seating arrangements as tailored for their space must remember that the comfort provided by L-sections is simply unparalleled.
9. Dual-purpose L-sectionals: Dividing a large room. If you want your L-section to look a little bit less out of style, you can think of giving it an additional role. This may even mean placing it between the living and the diving space, and using it as a comfortable divider.
10. Avoid bare and dead wall spaces. Pulling furniture pieces off the walls and arranging them in the center of the room will help make a large room feel cozier and more inviting. However, don’t make the mistake of leaving walls bare – use artwork and paint to make the most of the space you have available.
11. Here comes a unique combo idea: Pull the small coffee table against a bare wall, and surround it with a couple of benches or comfy chairs. Hang frames arranged in a neat grid, get a small plant, and lay your favorite books and magazines around it. How more delightful can your living room be?
12. Bring in some extra chairs. Occasional chairs in large living rooms will not only secure extra seats for large gatherings, but also make use of your surplus wall space. Couple them with a tiny console table, and place mirrors and artwork around for an even more elegant look.
13. The large room should be as comfortable for couples as it is for large groups. Before you start designing your living room, consider all possible scenarios in which you’re going to use it. You should of course be able to host large groups and throw parties, but that won’t always be the case.
14. Instead of dedicating your cozy side table to friendly coffee meetings and relaxing reading afternoons, turn them into dinner zones for two. Don’t forget to use decorative trim on the walls to define the area.
Use color to set the mode
The feeling of your guests while spending time in your large living room will depend predominantly on the colors you’ve chosen. You can use different shades to relax or energize your space, and set the right tone and intensity you think would be suitable for the room.
For instance, whites, neutrals, and soft blues create serene schemes for calm and relaxing areas, and are thus considered a perfect choice for elegant and formal gatherings. In order to avoid a cool and uninviting scenario, soften the room with a light and balanced carpet.
Don’t leave ceilings and walls unfinished
Statistically, it is large living room design ideas that are most elaborated and formally treated in every home. We all consider living rooms as a transition between the private and public space, and tend to make them as welcoming and comfortable as possible.
Living rooms, however, should also reflect who we are and what we stand for, and the best way to convey such messages is to treat wall coverings accordingly.
There are many ways to finish walls and use their coverings to tune the mood. For some people, this will be murals and chic prints, for other artwork, while for most warm patterns and textures that make the walls look sophisticated.
Consider architectural trim work to beautify the room
There are many reasons for home owners to consider trim work, including the need to cover the seams between the ceiling and the walls, and to accentuate the architectural structure of walls, doors, and other openings.
Giffin & Crane General Contractors
Rather than purely practical, trim work also serves aesthetical goals, including the need to give your room a distinctive character, be that the one of a classical or a modern, minimalist setting.
You can also project lintels over your windows and doors, install deep cornices and beam the vaulted ceiling to turn a whitewashed living room into an actual living space.
Install floors that are stylish, but also practical
Highlighting the idea of living rooms being high-traffic areas, we will try to draw your attention towards adequate flooring coverings able to sustain wear and tear. The living room flooring should be comfortable, solid, durable, but also beautiful, and support the rest of the décor ideas you’ve implemented.
We also suggest wall-to-wall carpets with stripes and floral prints for vibrant living rooms and energizing scenarios.
In most cases, however, owners will prefer something calmer and less bold, in which case we recommend neutral and solid floors that won’t distract viewers from admiring your furniture and artwork. The preferable option would be light hardwood decorated with cute area rugs, as well as ceramic tiles, carpets, and stone flooring.
Choose a central element
Every large room needs a focal point anchor that brings it together, be that an oversized ottoman or a rustic fireplace. Fireplaces, in particular, symbolize family values, and may even deviate attention from large TVs and similar tech widgets.
Michael Abrams Limited
If you find it difficult to choose the most stunning piece for this role, combine several of them, especially if you have a large artwork collection that you want to display. Breathtaking window views and large art pieces can also assume this role, and give the room a chic look that won’t break the bank.
Turn the living room into a conversation area
Regardless of your lifestyle, your living room will mainly be used for gatherings and interaction, and this is exactly what your furniture arrangement should promote.
Technically speaking, this means pulling seating elements closer and facing each other, and setting the mood with appropriate lighting.
Arthur McLaughlin & Associates
Extra large living rooms can even have more than one conversational area, each of them intimate and specific in its own way. Another smart idea is to bring extra chairs and benches to secure enough space for everyone who wants to join the conversation.
Plan lighting in advance
One of your key priorities when designing a large living room will be to plan the distribution of illumination, namely to install several purpose layers, and position sources in a rough triangle to ensure both a relaxing and an entertaining setting.
If looking to encourage people to rest, go for subtle table lamps and overlapping arcs, as they will redirect lights on the seating arrangement instead of the wall, and attract people to sit without you saying anything about it.
R Brant Design
Plan your window treatments
Years ago, formal living rooms were unimaginable without heavy drapes and window treatments, but recent design trends reimaged the concept of luxuriousness. Today, elegant room owners prefer their floor-to-ceiling curtains combined with light and relaxing shades, as this solution looks elegant without overwhelming the eye.
Another way to achieve an elegant look is to use fabrics generously. Instead of spending a fortune on expensive materials, use paddling ends and folds to send the very same message. This way, you will also have privacy and block light from disturbing a relaxing afternoon.
Get your own media center
For living rooms that are predominantly planned for family gatherings, design ideas will revolve around watching TV and making use of media. This is why tech gadgets are nearly always integral parts of these rooms, even when you can’t afford the newest technologies.
Studio 6 Architects
The best place to accommodate your media gadgets is a beautiful, built in bookcase.
Display your artwork collections
The best way to bring living rooms to life and to make them more personal is to display favorite memorabilia, and expose favorite art collections we are proud of. For a maximal impact, group the pieces you love and relate them to your furniture, making sure they’re not placed too high or too low.
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The central role of coffee tables
Even when not planned as a focal piece, a coffee table has an inexplicable capacity to gather all attention around it. The problem is that these tables are usually too small to make a large living room feel compact, which is why you should always combine them with several armchairs and sectionals.
Multiple seating settings instead of one
Another trick that helps soothe the effects of your room’s size is to arrange furniture in several seating areas, including reading card tables, mini diners, comfy window nooks, or fireplace sofas.
DD Ford Construction
Placing furniture close to the wall
You’ve started furnishing the room, and concluded that you’re actually working with less space than it takes to accommodate all of your pieces.
In such case, you can still emphasize the size and airiness of the room by leaving the central zone uncluttered, and pushing furniture closer to the walls. Rooms with curved windows look particularly well arranged in this way.
Your priority is comfort
You can spend a fortune on designer furniture and keep in line with all newest trends, but it will still be worth nothing without the comfort living rooms need.
This is why cozy and casual designs are so common, including such where owners pair different sets of accessories and make unexpected choices.
Make the most of your view
While arranging the furniture, consider the sources of natural light, and try to direct it towards the main interaction areas. You mustn’t neglect beautiful window sceneries, so make sure you’ve positioned some (if not all) seating arrangements around it.
Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects
For an even better effect, install skylights above the interaction zone, and take full advantage of what they have to offer.
Use the calm shades of white, gray, and aqua blue
Warm colors may energize a living room and bring it to life, but there is one thing they certainly won’t do – help it to visually expand in the desired direction. This effect can be achieved with calm and neutral colors, ideally applied in similar nuances on walls, trims, and doors.
What you’ll be doing here is dismissing the effect of corners, and helping the eye move unobstructed from one area to the other. To understand this, think of a plain white room with a blue door and one with a beige door instead. Which one would look larger?
Give bookshelves the role they deserve
Our advice is to order tailor-made and inbuilt shelves instead of buying such in stores, as even the most beautiful pieces may look stumpy, and leave undesired inches of empty space between their top and the ceiling.
Naturally, the eye will stop as soon as the shelves stop, and this will give viewers the impression that your ceilings are lower than they actually are.
A smart way to fill this gap is to add custom pieces above or crowd molding instead, as long as the style and the color match perfectly. We also recommend wall mirrors behind the bookshelves, as they can reflect light and make shelves look deeper than they already are.
Eliminate empty corners
The best way to decrease the loneliness effect of empty corners is to make use of them, by simply placing a potted plant or installing few shelves instead. Smaller rooms, nevertheless, may benefit from empty corners, as owners will find it easier to move around and to maneuver their vacuum cleaners.
Make use of vertical space
There is a reason why all designers recommend hanging curtains as high as possible. Doing this, you will be maximizing the effect of your living room’s height, and distracting attention from your limited horizontal space.
Michelle Marsden Design
We warmly invite to check Grommet-topped drapes which are practically united with the ceiling (their rod actually treads through the shish kabob and similar fabrics), and naturally draw visitors’ eyes upwards.
Obviously, you can’t expect this trick to turn an 8 feet ceiling into a cathedral, but the effect will still be amazing.
Choose furniture with the right size and style
The main benefit of owning large living rooms is being able to buy oversized furniture, foremost speaking of your new, ultra comfortable couch you just can’t wait to try.
Delicate pieces will in any case look out of place and proportion, but you should still try to strike a balance between large and slimmer pieces (smaller leather chairs next to the supersized sofa or a tiny coffee table).
As for the sofa, designers are becoming particularly fond of bench-set alternatives, namely the ones with large and continuously arranged cushions instead of separate seats, as these can accommodate more people, and provide a specific feeling of closeness and commodity.
Mata Design Studio
If aware of the fact that people generally dislike sitting in the middle, what makes you think they’d opt for cracks between cushions?
Don’t forget mirrors
The magical capacity of mirrors to reflect light and make rooms look bigger has turned them into sacred and fundamental rules of any design concept.
But as it happens with every rule, this one too has its exceptions: mirrors that reflect and overlook bookshelves and busy areas will only make the room cluttered, so make sure you position them close to light sources, or opposite large windows.
Open and spacious living rooms make visitors feel relaxed and comfortable, which should be your driving motive when designing one.
As experienced designers point out, there are many ways to make large living room stylish and modern, but they all prefer an elegant setting to support the cozy and homey ambiance.
Chip Webster Architecture
The first and foremost trick to adopt from them is that large living rooms are easy to divide in separate areas, and can thus serve several different purposes at once.
Colors also play a critical role in the rooms’ mood, as dark and bold tones make them look masculine and formal, while nature-inspired and neutral ones add value to the welcoming, casual concept.
If possible, designers also recommend stone and brick textures to convey the welcoming message in an unobtrusive manner, and invite you to consider different patterns and layers to make the room interesting.
If looking for a formal and elegant scenario, you should use different shades of blue, and combine classical pieces of furniture. They advise you to avoid displaying too many cabinets as these may distract attention from the central piece, and make the room look crowded and busy.
A multifunctional cabinet that stores stuff and displays your artwork would be a much better option, they agree.
Last, but not least, they invite you to utilize the most of natural light reaching your room, meaning keeping large windows open, and decorating their surroundings with beautiful accents.
They also recommend beautiful chandeliers for a pleasant glimmer in the evening, and low-hung pending lights that support the interactive character of the room.
Get inspired by both modern and elegant interiors
According to experienced designers, the trick to a perfect living room is simple: you have to look at both elegant and modern interiors, and combine the best of both worlds. These styles have something to offer to each home owner out there, and burst of brilliant design ideas that turn living rooms into havens of good taste.
Choose a scenario you like, and bring in the right textures, furniture, and decorations.
Here are some more useful big living room decorating ideas:
Get a rug with the right size: Every living room needs a plush rug to support its comfortable and inviting character, which is why such are available in all colors, fabrics, and designs. The criterion that matters the most, however, is their size.
Liza Jane Interiors
With a bigger room to design, you’ll be better off with a larger rug, as it will accommodate the main furniture elements, and complete the looks of the seating area. Depending on the colors you’ve chosen so far, you can opt for a vibrant and energizing material, or get a natural, fiber piece in natural hues.
A bonus tip: 8-to-10 feet is the standard size for a rug, be it that you’re buying it for a small or a large living room. In a tiny, cozy room, this rug will complete the look and give it a more comfortable feeling, while in large rooms it will serve to distinguish between different areas, or to fill empty and lonely zones.
Get down to shelving. Large rooms will look great even with wall-to-wall shelving, depending on the intended use and tone you’re trying to set. Instead of purchasing premade pieces that may not fit the scenario, you can opt for more affordable custom solutions, and bring in free-standing shelves for a stronger personal statement.
These shelves look great in small and large spaces, and create minimal clutter while displaying all of your favorite items.
Sophie Peckett Design
A bonus tip: Mix closed cabinets with open shelves, as in such way you can store all less attractive utilities, and expose elements that deserve attention. Make sure, however, that your free-standing shelves are properly anchored and secured, and that there is minimal chance for them to fall over and hurt someone.
Get a low pendant light. Low and oversized pendant fixtures are among the most welcoming features for living rooms, usually combined with flush-mount fixtures in other areas, and zone lighting on the floor.
The lower over your coffee table the pendant hangs the more convivial and warm the conversations will be, and people will simply wish to stay longer and chat with you.
A bonus tip: Creative home owners who tend to get bored with their furniture arrangements should avoid low pendant lights. These fixtures take time to get used to, and the last thing you want is bumping into them each time you switch their position
Stylish surfaces. The key trick here is to combine three types of elements: Vertical, flat, and organic. This is the perfect formula for stylish surfaces, including the shelves and coffee and console tables.
- Flat: Textiles, trays, platters, and books
- Vertical: Sculptures, vases, paintings, and other framed works of art
- Organic: Plants, flowers, shells, stones, and driftwood samples
Change the shape of your sofa. Second-time living room designers will intuitively go for pieces shaped as the ones they already have, and that’s where they usually go wrong. The reason why you’re actually stuck with remodeling is that you want to change the mood of your place, and keeping the same shapes won’t help do that.
With the sofa, in particular, you can transform the entire tone of the living room, setting it to formal with chesterfield-structured, sharp-line, and higher models, or to casual and laid-back with oval, squishier, and lower ones.
Jeri Koegel Photography
Bring your old couch to life. We all know it is easy to splash out on brand new furniture, but why not preserving the pieces that have sentimental value?
An old couch that reveals a wave of memories can undergo a modest makeover (in most cases, a simple replacement of its slipcover) and look even better than a new one would.
For an even less-time consuming change, tuck over some gorgeous textile, and hide the tear and wear in a single move.
Use sconces to save floor space. Sconces will not only free much of the floor area, but also support the moodier atmosphere of your parties and gatherings, and display your artwork in the exact gallery mode you’ve imagined.
Restrict the color scheme. What your color palette should ideally do is to make the room look better organized, clean, and carefully designed.
Ambience Home Design S.L
This is why you should opt for a single background color (potentially a neutral one), another matching color for the main features, and restrictively used accent hue.
A bonus tip: Before you continue, make a photo of your living room to have a fresh and clear perspective of what you’re working with. Once you take a second look at that photo, you will understand the effect of the colors you’ve used so far.
Layer patterns and textures. You’ve painted, furnished, and accessorized your large living room, but you still feel as if something is missing inside. The issue will most likely be texture, so try to add such on several layers, and let it turn the place into a comfortable and livable area.
Here are some of the textures you can match and mix to finish your living room décor:
- Softer: Pouf, cashmere blanket, velvet, knit throw, mohair throw, and faux fur
- Nature – inspired: Driftwood, burl wood, raw wood, stone, and handmade ceramics
- Shiny: Mirrors, shiny metals, Lucite, and different types of glass
- Rough and rustic: Burlap, sisal, linen, sea grass, wicker, and natural fiber
- Smooth: Polished wood, lacquer, and leather pouf
Williams Custom Art Builders
Get a massive mirror to expand the space without remodeling. When positioned in the right place, a large wall mirror will play the role of an additional window, and add light and visual space to your living room.
An even better effect can be achieved putting lamps around it, or displaying plants for a more natural and fresher setting.
Shift focus from the TV. Would you really like visitors to stare at a tech widget with a beautiful and calming fireplace around?
In order to protect the rustic and homey feeling of your living room, place the TV somewhere on the side, ideally on a swivel mount for comfortable watching.
Charles Cunniffe Architects Aspen
This way, the flat screen won’t attract undesired attention, and will remain out of view when not in use.
Large Living Room Interior Design Ideas
Working on the interior design for a living room can be challenging work, and sometimes it can actually be made harder when the space is larger.
Here, you will find a showcase of large living room interior design ideas to get you going as you set out to tackle this project.
The inspiration that you find here will help you as you choose furniture for the living room that you are working on, and as you arrange that furniture, too.
It will challenge you with new ideas for arranging that furniture, taking advantage of large spaces.
No matter what look or style you are seeking to create, looking through this showcase will help to open your eyes to new ideas and new ways of doing things.
This set of pictures, these large living room interior design ideas, will help to inspire the designer inside of you. Enjoy yourself as you look through these pictures, and gain knowledge for a new way of doing things.
Living rooms are the heart of every home, and should hence look comfortable and inviting. With the right set of ideas, you can make them both practical and elegant, and we sincerely hope that our tips inspired you to do so. Good luck!