One of the greatest complaints of people who build large homes is when it is just them relaxing there, the space seems so spread out it feels more like a hotel lobby than a living space. Large homes look beautiful from the outside, but can be very cold and uninviting inside if the space is too open. There is a simple and inexpensive solution to this problem that will bring that down home feel back into your massive space.
Creating Separate Areas in One Room
Open concept design is meant to give everyone the ability to communicate in a space, but large open areas create a large void from the end of one open space to the other. Compartmentalizing the space will create a few different spaces that are still in the one large room, but make it feel more comfortable.
The television area of a large room should have a large entertainment center with a large TV so that the area can have some size and depth to it. A couch flanked by two side tables should be centered in front of the entertainment center. On the sides at slight angles should be a set of comfortable chairs on each side creating a half circle around the area and clearly defining this as the TV area of the space. A large rug with a coffee table finishes off the space and will also dampen the noise in the rest of the room allowing those who do not want to partake in watching TV to concentrate on their conversations.
An area with a 4 foot cocktail table and six chairs around it is a great way to take up a corner of the room while making it functional. If you are a game player, have the table be a card table. Place wing back chairs on the side of the wall about 5 to 6 feet from the corner table with a chess board in between the chairs.
Central Conversation Area
The center of the room is often neglected as far as decorating goes, but this is where you can have a very large seating area that seems intimate. A large sectional couch with a chase extension gives the center a casual feel, even in an elegant setting. Two love seats across from each other, a few side tables, and a buffet table behind each love seat make the space an open U shape that should be facing the kitchen because this is where most of the conversation will initially happen. After a while people will migrate around the room, but if the kitchen is part of the space, then this is the ideal setup.
These are just a few ways to make a large space more intimate, buy creating a place with multiple, separate functions, while having a flow from one space to the next. Each space allows people to move through it or hang out if they wish, making it more intimate than a small space which gives one very few choices in the matter.