Having a large lounge provides plenty of room to entertain guests, host large family dinners and relax in front of a TV or a fireplace. However, while a large living room is a sumptuous feature, the sheer scale of the space can make it difficult to feel cosy. A big living room can feel intimidating because of its size, height, and openness.
It can be difficult to make large rooms feel homely but with the right colours, textures and decorations, any living room can be made to feel wam and welcoming | Designed by Christophe Delcourt for © Minotti London
With larger rooms, it can be challenging to replicate the feeling of cosiness and homeliness that smaller living rooms offer. But with careful planning and the right design, even the largest of living rooms can become cosy and welcoming.
Discover how to make a large lounge cosy with this design guide from Minotti London.
How to Make a Large Lounge Cosy
Some people have magnificent homes with plenty of space, but struggle to fill the rooms with a feeling of cosiness. They key to achieving this in large homes is finding ways to fill spaces with cosy touches to make them feel inviting, warm and welcoming.
With that in mind, here are six ways to style a large living room to help it feel more homely.
Choose a Warm Colour Palette
The right colours — including warm tones and natural greenery — can go a long way in transforming the look and feel of a living room | Designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for © Minotti London
Colour is a powerful tool to make an interior space feel more inviting. Warm colours like reds and oranges make the room feel more intimate and cosy as opposed to cooler shades. A rich blue may be calming and soothing, but soft colours, such as beige or cream, will make the room feel more homely.
There are many ways to incorporate a warm colour scheme into the living room decor. From throwing in a few cushions in contrasting colours to painting one wall in a more vivid tone than the others, one can create an inviting atmosphere without overwhelming the room with a myriad of clashing colours.
Create an Intimate Seating Area
Designing a seating area that looks as comfortable and welcoming as it feels is one of the keys to creating a cosy living room | Designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for © Minotti London
A large room may be challenging to arrange because it can have an overwhelming sense of space that feels difficult to work with. The best way to counteract this is by creating a focal point in the room, such as a fireplace, a TV or even a window.
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to make a large lounge feel cosy is to create an intimate seating area. To achieve this, arrange the furniture in a square or a circle around the focal point, such as a fireplace or a TV.
Create Designated Areas
Creating separate areas for different activities, such as reading or watching TV, is an excellent way to work with large spaces and open-plan rooms.
Zoning can make the whole room feel cosier by creating several smaller spaces within the larger whole. The best way to achieve this is by sectioning different areas of the living room to serve different functions. Some of the techniques used to create boundaries include:
- Partitioning with bookshelves or other furniture
- Using area rugs to separate different areas
- Creating closed furniture arrangements
- Using lighting to zone out different spaces
Zoning helps guide guests around the room and gives people clear areas for entertaining and relaxing. Designated areas will also create visual focal points that will add interest and character to the overall interior design scheme of the room.
Opt for a Less Formal Decor
A spacious living room lends itself well to formal decor, but to give it a more casual atmosphere, opt for an informal theme with comfortable furniture that doesn’t look too sophisticated.
Comfy couches with cushioning instead of sleek leather sofas will give the seating area an instant feeling of warmth and homeliness. Sofas upholstered in soft fabrics, such as cotton or linen, will add texture to the room, while patterned designs will inject some personality into the decor.
Furthermore, using warm elements throughout the area, such as wooden accents on coffee tables instead of metallic ones, will create a more informal decor and give the space a cosier feel. Meanwhile, an oriental rug will create an inviting ambience while adding warmth and texture underfoot.
Emphasise the Wall Decor
Empty walls in a spacious living room can feel cold and echoey. Incorporating an assortment of artwork is one of the best ways to add interest to the walls.
Depending on the design of the home, one can fill the walls with colourful art pieces, a display of photographs, or vintage mirrors. All of these elements will add personality to the room and create an atmosphere that feels warm and inviting.
However, filling every inch of wall space may make the room feel somewhat busy and chaotic. Instead, it’s best to leave some space between each piece of wall decor, which will help create a more balanced look.
Decorate with Houseplants
Filling a spacious living room with green plants and colourful flowers is an excellent way to make it feel more like a living space. Greenery perfectly contrasts all the hard surfaces while enveloping the space in a warm hug.
Placing potted plants along an empty wall will break up the space and add a breath of fresh air into the room. Tall potted plants work best for living rooms with high ceilings, as they bring the eye down to human scale while adding texture and greenery to the space.
Ideas for Making a Large Living Room Feel Cosy
A large living room can be a lovely space that invites family and friends for relaxation, conversation and entertainment. While making a large living room feel cosier can be challenging, there are several ways to design and decorate a large space that feels warm and inviting, including:
- Choose a warm colour palette
- Create an intimate seating area
- Create designated areas
- Opt for a less formal decor
- Emphasise the wall decor
- Decorate with houseplants
Even the largest living room can be transformed into a place of warmth and cosiness. The techniques discussed in this style guide will help turn any lounge into the perfect place to relax with friends and family.