A large living room is an ideal place for entertaining and relaxing with family and friends, and anyone with a small living room would probably be happy to trade up for a more spacious version. But wide open spaces can seem cold and impersonal. If you’re lucky enough to have a great big living room, you can make it seem welcoming and cozy with a few decorating tips.
Rich warm colors will make a space feel more intimate and inviting. Lend warmth and ambience that will engulf any space by selecting deep shades of apricot, mango, umber and burgundy. Sample jars of paint make it easy for you to test a color in a small area or on a piece of poster board before committing the entire room to a particular color.
When choosing furniture and accessories, add contrast with complementary hues in warm tones. While closely related shades are a good idea when you want to expand a space, providing contrast in a large room will minimize its scale. Black and white can be used effectively to ground the colors, while warmer hues like paprika and gold are ideal options. Repeat your accent colors throughout the room in bold swaths of color in curtain panels and window treatments, pillows and throws, lamps, wall vases lampshades, wall art and accessories.
Oversized pieces like tall vases that can accent a corner or that are positioned on an open ledge, help to bring the area down to size and make it cozier.