Are you suffering from “space luxury”

It is quite common to think that our home is not big enough and to start dreaming about a bigger house or apartment.

However, have you ever thought that having too much space can equally be a problem?

If you feel that your space is not welcoming, not flowing, or it seems too cold and empty, here are some tips:

Create different areas within one space

This is typical for a large open plan living/dining room where one part is used as dining room, the other as sitting room. Think about the different functions you would like in the room and where you would enjoy them the most.

For example, some people want the sofa to look out towards the window, but others prefer to have it in front of the television wall.

Is it better to have the dining area closer to the kitchen, or closer to a window? Do you have space for a dedicated reading area? Can the room be visually divided in two using furniture?

A reading area and a reading corner (photos from Standing Renovation projects)

A bespoke divider we designed for TV and books (photos from Standing Renovation projects)

Use light

When creating different functional spaces, the use of light is very important because it helps define each area: rather than having only one ceiling light, you could add others to create a cozy atmosphere in the room.

For example, have a lower pendant on the dining table, a floor light in the reading corner, and a table light on a console.

If you still  have to renovate, it’s at the beginning that these decisions should be made so that they can be incorporated into the new electrical installation.

Grouped lamps (Photo from a Standing Renovation kitchen)

Play with layers

Carpets are the best way to create an area. They also immediately add a touch of warmth and coziness. Use curtains and other fabrics, not only to dress up the room, but also as means for sound absorption (big rooms can often resonate!).

Also note that a small carpet in a big room will look lost, so make sure the dimensions are appropriate.

Carpet & big light (Photo from a Standing Renovation project)

Pay attention to proportions

In a large space all the furniture and accessories need to be proportioned to the room dimensions.

The carpet I mentioned above is one simple example. But even a normal sized sofa can look too small in a big room. In that case, if you don’t want to keep your sofa, add some extra elements like an ottoman, armchairs, or footstools.

Think proportion for light fixtures: it’s so difficult to imagine how a lamp that looks big when you see it close up can look so small in a big room! If you’re not sure then find a carton box of similar dimensions and hold that up to imagine the overall effect.

Add volume to a chandelier through an abat-jour / Large external light (Photos from Standing Renovation projects)

Paintings/artwork are also often under dimensioned: they should be proportioned to the wall, or hung up in groups if not. If you don’t want to hang anything but still want an artwork effect, you could choose an interesting wall paper and cover the whole wall.

Grouped Artwork (Photos from Standing Renovation projects)

Fill up the space with artwork (photo from a Standing Renovation project)

Stay away from walls

The tendency we all have is to place furniture against the wall. But if you have a big room then it will look like an empty field. Detach the furniture from the wall and position it towards the center. For example, if your sofa is against the wall but too far from the television, pull it closer and create another functional area in the space behind.

Sofa detached from wall & big light (Photo from a Standing Renovation project)

When we plan new kitchens, adding elements perpendicular to the walls or in the center of the room (like a kitchen island) creates a completely new flow and energy.

Play with colour

Painting the walls with different colours or adding wallpaper on a feature wall creates a new dynamic within the room and can also contribute in creating different functional areas.

If the ceiling is too high you could add a lower moulding on the wall and have the ceiling look lower.

Wall paper & light (Photo from a Standing Renovation project)

If you’re still struggling then I could help you with a Refresh Your Home Consultation or if you’re about to renovate, I could help you to plan everything correctly from the start. Click here to get in touch