Styling a Large Living Room – Expert Tips
The larger your space, the more opportunities you’ve got to bring it to life in a way that reflects your unique style. But, there are also far more decisions to be made – and often, this can cause overwhelm or stress. So, instead of fretting about curating the perfect space in your large living room, why not take cues from the experts?
Our team of Brosa stylists have oodles of experience designing rooms of all sizes. We asked them for their top large living room layout ideas and decorating tips, and they delivered – here are 10 handy hints to keep up your sleeve when styling a big living room.
1. Take a maximalist approach
In a huge space, less is certainly not more – more is! You’ve got tonnes of square footage to play with, so instead of leaving it open and on the empty side, carve out key pockets of the room and fill them with your favourite furniture and decor. Maximalism is in, so don’t skimp on something if you absolutely love it, as chances are it’s got a spot in your living room. One of our favourite maximalist tips is to use a large storage unit (such as a bar cabinet or bookshelf) to display your most beautiful items, whether they’re sentimental trinkets, or books and records.
2. Define clear boundaries with furniture
One of our favourite big living room ideas is to create a demarcation in a spacious area by using your furniture pieces. Living room furniture is often quite bulky, and in a large room, that’s ideal – now is not the time to downsize. Make the most of their sizes by signposting out the room with the biggest items, such as your couch, entertainment unit, and coffee table. A hot tip is to keep the sofa away from the wall rather than up against it, instead placing it in the centre of the room, and then having your TV unit sit flush to the wall. This cuts the space essentially in two, and leaves you with a whole half of a room to decorate however you like.
3. Opt for a massive modular
Once you’ve established the basics of your big living space, the first piece of furniture you should buy is your sofa. Not only do couches take up the most surface area, but they’re also the focal point of the living room, making them an all-important item to nail and lock into place. The beauty of a large living room is that you’ve got the option of a modular sofa, with lots of extra seating that can be configured to your own needs and tastes. Slot them into a corner, or use a chaise longue for elongation (and elegance!).
Modulars are available in a huge range of shapes, styles and colours, but a few of our stylist-approved faves include the Alton modular collection, in buttery-soft leather, and the timeless Drake modular collection.
4. Keep things light and bright
Good lighting is crucial to illuminating a big space, ensuring there aren’t any dark corners, or simply parts of the room that don’t get as much love as the others. As well as your overhead lighting, incorporate ambient lighting through floor lamps and table lamps dotted around at regular intervals. If you don’t want to go overboard with lamps, something with a wide shade that projects a large spotlight is always a good choice – our top pick is the Leo Arc Floor Lamp.
5. Or try two coordinating sofas
If a modular’s not your style, an alternative is to pair two sofas together for an eclectic yet cohesive look. Select sofas that complement each other, but aren’t matchy-matchy – for instance, a chic and classic sofa like the Seta 4 Seater Sofa in Dolly White Pavilion Boucle, and an accent couch such as the Lennox Leather 3 Seater Sofa in Saddle Tan. White and warm brown pair super well together, just like black and grey, cream and brown, and any neutral tone with a more striking colour like olive or blue. Try to align the designs of each sofa so they fit under the umbrella of one particular style – e.g. mid century modern, Scandinavian, French provincial – but aren’t identical.
6. Take your coffee table to the max
With all of the seating you’ve included in your spacious living room, it’s only fitting to opt for a coffee table that’s also larger than life. This isn’t the time to pick a tiny style piece – source a coffee table that provides heaps of surface area and perhaps even storage via drawers, as well as speaking to your aesthetic. The Parc Coffee Table is a gorgeous round piece, whereas the Shamal Rectangle Coffee Table is sleek and sharp. Keep in mind that if you’re picking out a coffee table that will be framed by sofas, a rectangular or square piece will be more functional as it essentially tessellates with a corner sofa arrangement, rather than a round coffee table, which will be harder to reach and use.
7. Incorporate armchairs and ottomans
Big living rooms demand lots of seating to accommodate an abundance of guests – so whether you’re a regular entertainer, have a large family, or just want a few options, including an armchair or two (or three, if you’re so inclined) is a fantastic idea. Carve out a nook in the room to establish a designated cosy spot where people will love to read, drink a good cuppa, or just kick back and relax. Just like pairing two sofas together, the art of coordinating your armchairs should be all about complementing, not finding an exact match. We love the way the retro Dane Swivel Accent Chair and the soft, pillowy Palermo Armchair look together. Ottomans are another great option to add more seating space to your living room.
8. Amplify your personality with art
Bigger spaces can often feel empty or hollow, even when you’ve incorporated a few art pieces – but thankfully, we’ve got a few tips and tricks to ‘fill’ the space using your favourite prints and photos. One of our favourite large living room wall decor ideas is to add charm and a cute, cohesive style with a gallery wall! A gallery wall curates a bunch of your favourite art pieces and collects them all together, regardless of whether they are explicitly matching – in honesty, the more varied your art is, the better.
If a gallery wall is too much of a project, never fear, and enter the humble triptych. A set of three art pieces that go together as a set, triptychs are an easy way to include more art in your space. At the moment, our Brosa stylists are fawning over the Wabi Sabi Triptych and the Sorbet Triptych.
9. Use a rug to section the space
Rugs can create a delineation in a big space, sectioning off one part of the living room and subsequently creating two separate areas that can be designed for different purposes. They also break up the monotony of having the same floor all throughout a large room, adding texture, colour, and vibrancy. When it comes to selecting a living room rug, think about where the rug will go and the area it will mark out. If you’re placing it around your sofa, try to encapsulate at least two legs of each of your key furniture pieces (the sofa, any armchairs, and your coffee table) to tie everything together. When it comes to sourcing go-to large living room rugs, you’ll find your fave styles often come in a wide variety of sizes. Our top picks for a big space are the intricate Medina Ivory Flax Wool Rug and the understated Tribeca Oyster Sand Wool Rug.
10. Include your favourite decor
The final piece of the puzzle is your living room decor, which in a big, open area, can be as bold as you like – the world (or at least, the room) really is your oyster! As well as rugs, art, and lamps, incorporate bigger pieces like oversized potted plants in beautiful vessels, coat racks, storage chests, and pouffes and ottomans. When the bigger pieces have fallen into place, adorn with throw cushions, blankets, smaller pot plants, sentimental trinkets, and more. The trick to styling up a big space is layering – just as if you were decorating a bookshelf, creating different heights and juxtaposing size is ultra-important. Mix standout items that take up a little space, with smaller and more delicate items for the ultimate contrast.
Finally ready to tackle styling your big living room? Now’s the perfect time – all there’s left to do is figure out what you’ll do with all of that space! Shop our huge range of living room furniture today, including expertly-crafted coffee tables, sofas, armchairs and more.