How to style your open plan living area so that it feels cosy

Colour, Inspiration, Styling

Do you have an open plan living space or room that is so big it feels cold and disconnected with your lifestyle?  We all want our interiors to be friendly, inviting spaces that we just love to hang out in.  Today I thought I would give a few easy tips on how to make those big spaces of yours feel smaller.

Layer your space with furniture, furnishings and wow decorator pieces a well loved room is one that evolves over time and has many interesting layers too it.

Excellent example of a layered interior.

Excellent example of a layered interior.

Cushions and rugs - and a cat!

Cushions and rugs – and a cat!

Berlin Apartment Interior  Designer Peter Fehrentz.

Berlin Apartment Interior Designer Peter Fehrentz. Example of dark walls and flooring and addition of wow pink cabinetry and art introduce some wow factor to this room.

Image: House to home

Image: House to home

Image: Morgan Virginia

Image: Morgan Virginia Note: Extra nook at the end of the room, near the indoor plants.

Add some floor rugs, they are perfect for creating the foundation for little nooks/rooms within rooms.  Not to mention they are the beginnings of creating a cosy ambiance for your open plan living space.  Sit your lounge and occasional chairs on a nice big rug along with your coffee table.  Complete the look with lots of cushions, textured throws, floor lamps and candles.

Colour colour colour, in larger rooms you can be bolder with colour.  Choose warm tones, half strength painted walls will add some intrigue and interest.  Hang some large scale art, find pieces that you love and can’t live without, group them together for maximum impact.

Large comfy lounges and chairs are a must and they add that instant casual feel to a large room.  Due to your abundant floor space consider creating a few nooks where you can sit and read, have a coffee with a friend that is away from the central living area.  Also move your lounges away from your walls, don’t be afraid to have some perimeter space around your room.

Time for a coffee?  Go and sit in your open plan living space and begin dreaming of how you can turn it into an inviting haven.

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Image: Iwoman.com

Image: Houzz

Image: Houzz