Expert Advice: How to Break Up Large Spaces

By: Casey Gerber

May 18, 2016

Having a large open floor plan or living space is both a blessing and a curse. We all want our living spaces to feel complete and effortless, yet it can be challenging to achieve a full look while staying away from clutter or too much furniture. While there is no single way to to fill a large open room, there are a multitude of ways to solve an empty space. Whether you have a large or small budget, these techniques are sure to complete your home.

Read on for Abagail Leepin’s big ideas for designing with large spaces in mind. 


Separate Spaces With Area Rugs:

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If you have hardwood floors, area rugs can be used to create different atmospheres throughout the space. Dividing the room with rugs naturally develops a cozy feeling without too much effort. Rugs affect the way we view the room and can anchor the space. Use smaller rugs for more intimate areas and large rugs for a more open feel.


Start The Conversation…

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Via Muotopuoli // Brabbu

Creating several conversation areas is a great way to make a large space feel more intimate. In addition to the main seating area, add two chairs and side tables on the other side of the room for your morning coffee, or a desk area with floating shelves. Multiple environments create purpose for the room without feeling too cluttered.

And Then End it.

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Create a full conversation area with two sofas or a sectional, accent chairs, and a few ottomans. Having a general space with lots of seating is very inviting and definitely doesn’t leave the room feeling empty.


Don’t Neglect The Walls:

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Via Amber Interiors // Vintage Revival

Use large scale art, mirrors, or wall murals to bring the room to life. Never underestimate the power of a well designed gallery wall! The colors, textures, and patterns eliminate negative space and enhance the finished feeling that you wish to achieve.


Always Go Vertical:

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Use tall coffee table accessories, floor lamps, or room curtains to establish a luxurious, full space. Filling the vertical areas is an unexpected, yet sure way to complete a room. You can achieve this by placing a large vase on your coffee table, finding a tall, eye-catching floor lamp, or hanging a line of curtains to separate the living from the dining area.


 

Light It Up:

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Via For Intérieur // Dream Book Design

Using large chandeliers or pendant lighting will not only break up the vertical space, but also add a focal point to the room, which gives off great ambient light. The right chandelier can exude style and tie the whole room together.


Bring The Outside In:

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Via The Every Girl // The Monoshop

There are so many beautiful indoor plants, and large ones at that. Not to mention, the vast array of beautiful, oversized pottery and planters. Pick your favorite indoor tree and find a unique planter at your local pottery yard. Talk about a statement piece! Similar to the one above, the space with be broken up by the large, natural shape.

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