3 decorating tips for large spaces

29 Jul 2016

There's certainly no lack of space in Australia, so is it any wonder Australians live in the world's biggest houses? In their search for homes to buy or rent, there's one thing Australians all want: lots and lots of space. According to realestate.com.au, the highly desired outdoor lifestyle comes with a large amount of spare rooms, garages and back yards – because where else would you put the barbie?

The most recent data on the subject from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that the average floor space of the Australian home hit an all time high of 214.6 square metres in 2008-2009, making it 10 per cent larger than the average US house.

So what should they do with all that space? These three decorating tips will help get the most out of the largest of spaces.

1. Keep it bright

Painting your walls a light, soft colour may seem counterintuitive, but it's the best way to go. Although white and off-whites create the illusion of even more space, there's nothing worse than a spacious room that feels cramped because of dark colours. Larger rooms usually have big windows, and you'll want to utilise that natural light. Alternatively, popular decorating site Houzz suggested on Forbes that you could paint two-toned walls. It tricks the eye into thinking the ceilings are lower while still physically having plenty of room.

2. Break up the space

Everyone loves a big, bright room with high ceilings, until they move in their sofa and coffee table and they're faced with all the awkward leftover space. The best way to break that extra space up is to define different zones. Instead of putting that sofa right up against the wall, place it in the middle of the room to create different sections throughout. Alternatively, get a daybed, chaise or even an L-shaped sofa as a room divider. You can also use these pieces to anchor the room, then add some comfy chairs and really embrace that lounge-living – even if you're not in the lounge.

3. Avoid wall-hugging

Try to avoid any awkward space in the middle. The most common mistake people make when decorating large spaces is moving furniture against the walls. The key to making large rooms cosy is to move furniture closer together, creating an intimate midsection while leaving enough space around the room for the light to fall into. If you fear empty walls, that problem can be solved with benches, book cases, or art. However, keeping the walls as minimalist as possible can really tie a room together. Just remember: there is difference between cosy and clutter.