how to get cozy
tips for decorating large spaces
Those cathedral ceilings and the open floor plan may be the reasons you selected your home, but large spaces can be tricky to decorate. Areas such as great rooms or even large family rooms can often seem overwhelming in their proportions, not to mention cold and uninviting. The good news is that with some clever decorating tricks, you can warm up any large room.
The key to creating comfort in a large room is to treat the space like many small spaces. You instantly turn an overwhelming room into a smaller, more manageable decorating project. Area rugs are a great way to divide a large space into smaller areas, define the space and create coziness. It may be the rug that makes an otherwise disjointed room become a beautiful room.
When you are furnishing this room, remeber that it can become a magnet for clutter - scattered toys, stacks of magazines, DVDs and books. Instead of using open shelving, which still needs to be tidy to look good, choose cupboards with doors, or even armoires. Fill the shelves with labeled baskets or boxes so everyone will know where to put their belongings when it's time to clean up.
Storage trunks are not only an attractive accent piece, but they also add versatility. A trunk can double as a cocktail table for entertaining, or as a discreet place to stash blankets, magazines, and toys.