Designing large rooms and furnishing them really comfortably and beautifully is a challenge. People who live in small spaces often imagine that the room design becomes easier when the rooms are larger. This is not true, however, because creating spacious areas and large rooms effectively and comfortably also requires careful planning and a few things that need to be taken into account.
In my consultations and in my I ♥ MY HOME Community, the question of how large rooms can be designed is much more often than there are inquiries about small rooms. There we have many options that are not available in small rooms. And there are numerous traps you can fall into setting up.
You need an idea for the area. Think about the use and division of the room before you start choosing furniture and colors. We often make these thoughts and plans completely automatically when we set up small rooms – because in the end everything should fit in.
With large rooms, it is also important to plan well from the start, otherwise your furniture will get lost in it or the room will look like an exhibition hall. Uncomfortable and cold. Large rooms are often used as living and dining rooms and we often imagine this use when we speak of large rooms. However, a bathroom can also appear large and uncomfortable, although the room area is rather small at 15 square meters. A bedroom of 30 square meters with an unfavorable furnishing or choice of color can be perceived as too big or uncomfortable.
So it is the function that a room should fulfill, which defines the “size” and which plays an important role as the basis for your planning. I have already explained this using the example of the children’s room: When you see your height in relation to the size of the room – the ratio 1: 3 is used for a toddler – the children’s room becomes a gym for the toddler.
We spent a month dealing with this important topic in my I ♥ MY HOME Community. My tip for the floor plan is: Imagine there are walls that divide your large room.
Especially if you want to design large rooms, it is important to create clear zones or islands in the room. Especially if you have lived in small rooms for a long time, this size programming still has an effect on your subconscious. Large rooms need a structure in order not to be perceived as a burden. Draw these zones and islands on a floor plan so that you have a meaningful design basis for the interior.
You can achieve a lot with furniture in large rooms if you follow my third tip: When designing large rooms, choose the furniture generously and leave space for them. Confusion and unrest quickly arise when your furniture and objects stand around haphazardly in a large room or the proportions do not match the room. If you have a long wall surface, choose the larger sideboard, take the larger version for the couch or the model with the deeper seat.
Very important: do not place the furniture in the corners or directly in front of the wall. Make them appear generous by placing them 30 to 40 cm in the room. Make sure there is a balance in the entire room, and also have the courage to leave free areas. You might even decide on furniture that you don’t absolutely need and add two individual armchairs and a matching stool to the three-seater. This creates a seating landscape that is inviting to your guests.
Use room dividers and also furniture or decorative elements to design and visually reduce large rooms. You can of course also pull in walls (halfway up or with a view) or use sliding panels and curtains as room dividers. Paravents, sideboards or cupboards that are placed in the room are also suitable for structuring a surface.
It gets exciting with room dividers that are between 1.20 and 1.40 m high – depending on body size. When we stand, we look over these room dividers and perceive the entire size of the room. However, if we sit on the sofa or in the dining area, the large room becomes a small area. Here you can be very creative, design the backs of sideboards beautifully and create islands in the room that strengthen you.
A carpet or different floor coverings in particular provide a basic room division that your subconscious perceives. In the past, this was supported by wonderful inlays, for example. Today carpets are the simple choice, but you can also set off the dining area or the fireplace corner with tiles. The floor design in darker colors will earth you.
Large floor vases, stools or poufs, but also stacked hat boxes or old suitcases, are wonderfully suitable for separating the individual areas from one another. Treat yourself to something really big, it doesn’t have to be expensive.
Similar to floor design, you can design large spaces by working with colors. Slightly tinted white or beige makes a large room appear smaller. You can change the look of a very long room by painting the narrow sides darker.
I sometimes design large rooms with colors that I pull up to the ceiling in order to clearly separate the dining area from the living area. The windows are also large areas of color – especially in modern houses – and the room appears even larger because our subconscious also perceives the garden and the outside.
I advise curtains, especially with large window areas. Because in the evening the black window surfaces become mirrors and the large window fronts visually double the already large room for your subconscious. Here you have various, very modern and light variations at your disposal that allow you to design the room with textiles depending on the time of day and season.
Different light sources are at least as important in the individual zones. You should have several lamps, especially in large rooms. Good light from above when you are working and in the evening, depending on the activity, floor or table lamps, indirect lighting or lights on the floor. This automatically makes the room appear smaller because unused areas are in the dark.
Colored accessories from the various living areas in a large room can be used very well as connecting elements to make a large room appear as a complete work. For example, if you have round design elements on the wall in one area, you can use round vases in another zone to reflect this element.
Tell me about your large rooms in my Facebook group “Happy Home” or in the comments. We can all learn from each other’s ideas and benefit from the different inspirations. Your questions are also welcome here, I would be happy to advise you individually.
Maria Husch is the space expert and founder of the I LOVE MY HOME community. In her blog, in TV appearances, in the community and in her successful programs, she shows how rooms affect us and how we can make them happy and successful with simple measures in order to get closer to our goals and dreams.
I just followed your great blog with great interest. Unfortunately I am not on Facebook to exchange ideas. We built a new building in the Bauhaus style a year ago. Everything is furnished in a Scandinavian way. I am very satisfied with the kitchen and dining room. However, the living room is very large and I don’t know how to make it more comfortable. Do you have an idea for me? May I send you a few pictures?
Dear Kathrin, thank you – that sounds wonderful. I’m happy when we bring cosiness into the home together. Here is all the information you need to work with me: https://mariahusch.com/mein-angebote/
Maria Husch is the space expert and founder of the I LOVE MY HOME community. In her blog, in TV appearances, in her community and in her successful programs, she shows how rooms affect us and how we use simple measures to design them so that we get closer to our goals and dreams.