Bold, Not Cold: 6 Ideas for Large Living Rooms

How to make a cavernous room feel cozier

By Kathy Barnes


Spacious rooms can present a real design challenge. Generous square footageand the vast windows and soaring ceilings that sometimes go with itcan leave a room feeling cold and empty. With a few design tricks, you can warm up your large, open living room. Try these tips to help you get it right.

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Living Room by Jane Lockhart

Problem: The space seems "cold."

Solution: Rein in the illusion of a cold room with darker paint colors.

Everyone loves a bright, sunny room, but large rooms lucky enough to also feature a large bank of windows and a lot of wall space can handle deep, dark tones without feeling anything less than bright and sunny. Darker colors visually minimize expansive spaces without reducing the square footage.
Living Room
by Jane Lockhart

Next Slide >> Problem: The ceiling feels so far away.

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