In large living rooms, echoing can be a big problem so soundproofing will be your main goal.
“Layering luxurious textiles and soft furnishings makes a space feel luscious whilst it also creates an ideal acoustic environment” says Cecilia.
Other easy fixes for preventing echoing in large rooms are using carpet or adding rugs to hard floor surfaces, installing drapes, filling the space with more items and hanging artwork, tapestries or installing a fabric wall covering.
Large living rooms will require ample lighting of varying levels. Unlike a smaller square space, four corner spotlights and a central light fixture will not be enough.
Ensure you have lots of general lighting by installing spotlights, track lighting or wall lights to supplement the light from your main light fixture.
Or you can forgo spotlights entirely by layering free-standing and architectural lighting like Elicyon does. Cecilia reveals the studio’s careful lighting equation – “Various types of decorative lighting lends a lovely ambience to a grand room. We always favour chandeliers, table lamps, floor lamps and joinery lighting over spotlights.”
Without getting too technical, you’ll need around 20 lumens per square foot. If you’re involved in the planning process, work with your contractor, electrician or designer to calculate how many lights you’ll need; if you’re working with an existing property, calculate how many lumens you have and make up the difference with accent and task lighting.
For more information on lighting, read here.
A large living room needs an appropriately eye-catching focal point. Some rooms have very obvious focal points – a fireplace wall or a bank of windows with a view – but, for those that don’t, their absence can emphasise the sheer size of a large living room and can make for a very boring space.
If your room doesn’t have one, create one with a large canvas or mirror, a statement wall or wall panelling.