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How to Decorate a Really Large Living Room

08.25.15

how to decorate a really large living room

The Makerista

I can’t say I struggle with this issue because our house isn’t huge, but it is certainly an issue that is overlooked as being an issue at all.  Having a bigger space doesn’t make decorating easier.  It can actually be the opposite.  Just because you have a large living space doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy a huge wrap around sectional with matching accent chairs and an ottoman.  I don’t know about you, but that makes my head hurt from $$$ signs.  There are a few ways to go about decorating a huge living room that will probably prove to be more cost effective.

How to decorate a really large living room?

It comes down to the floor plan.  After the floor plan is set, everything else can fall into place.  There are a few no-fail ideas (and maybe you have a few more) to arrange a large living area.

  1. Group small seating arrangements (as opposed to one huge arrangement).
  2. Float all furniture pieces in the room instead of pushing furniture against the walls.

Create Multiple Seating Arrangements:

how to decorate a really large living room

The Makerista

Gwen from The Makerista shows how to tackle a long and narrow floor plan.  Often times, long and narrow spaces are those that need to be broken up into a couple of smaller seating arrangements.  Those mustard chairs in front of the mirrors are the icing on top of this space.  Without them the space might feel a bit empty, but with them….well….

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Floating All Furniture:

how to decorate a really large living room

Emily Henderson

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It might seem obvious that the furniture had to be floated in these spaces, but sometimes placing your furniture in the middle of the room isn’t what first comes to mind.  As long as you have a large space and a HUGE area rug, you can’t go wrong with floating.

how to decorate a really large living room

Emily Henderson

Anyone out there living with a large living area?

xo,

Claire

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5 comments on “How to Decorate a Really Large Living Room”

  1. Yup – our family room is pretty long and half of it has been empty for a year and a half now. I think I’m going to go with the two seating areas arrangement, just waiting to buy/build furniture for the back side of the area!

  2. I love these kinds of posts. I’m helping my boyfriend decorate his house and his living room is kind of odd- extra long and skinny with a corner fireplace. It’s definitely a candidate for being broken up into multiple arrangements. These images are so helpful! but hard to google for?? I had trouble finding right keywords, I knew what I wanted but didn’t know how to search for it and you just did some of the work for me!

  3. Hello! I loved your post about this, do you think you could do one about large bedrooms? I have a very large Bedroom which is rectangular and I don’t have a clue how I should decorate, because it is that large I have collected quiet a lot of stuff and furniture over the years so I would need some smart way to store it all.

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