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Jul 20, 2007

TIPS FOR LIVING LARGE

I understand that many people do not have the luxury of living in large spaces. Not even if you have the money to burn! Come on, new condominiums and HDB flats are getting smaller by the day, and even private houses are not spared these days. But for those who are lucky enough to reside in larger spaces, there can be a lot of challenges in terms of design and layout too. If things are not done quite right, the space may just overwhelm you and makes you feel extremely uncomfortable.

Based on my (humble) opinion, the first step is to break up the entire space into sections and create the feeling of a series of functional zones that link to each other cohesively. For instance, designate an area in the living room for TV watching and another as a casual work corner, linking to a third zone - complete with settees and all - for spending some quiet moments with guests who pop over. Put on your thinking cap and put up screens or partitions to break the space up where suitable.

Next, consider setting up several points of interest in the room. The TV is obviously one. Other focal spots could be a display unit on the other side, or simply something like an oversized lamp shade. If not, an artwork or a mirror on the wall will also do the trick. Meanwhile, I can't stress enough how handy area rugs will come in, especially in a house where floor area is ample.

Yet, while you are doing all these, remember not to lose your insanity and congest the space with too many furniture pieces too. Leaving some empty spaces in a room is still necessary, and its importance cannot be ignored.


Stan


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3 comments: on "TIPS FOR LIVING LARGE"

Bhavna said...

Stan, this post was exactly what I have been thinking about! I have designed my home on a 'open space' concept and am always on the look out for ideas which will help differentiate the living areas, but also not hamper the smooth space flow. And yes, right now, rugs are doing the job just right for me! :)

Bhavna
http://anindiansummer-design.blogspot.com/

KNQ Associates said...

So hopefully these tips will help, bhavna!

BeachHouseBingo said...

Do you have any design tips for large bedrooms? I found a site for beautiful designer linens and they have lots of large scale tropical duvet cover patterns but I was wondering how to make the imposing bedroom space feel intimate at the same time. BTW, that site for luxury linens is ElegantLinensPC.com, they have a truly amazing variety of bedding items.