How to Stage Large Spaces
In last week’s post, I shared 6 easy ways to stage small spaces for big impact.
For large homes, the applications are pretty similar. But you do need to pay attention on how to stage a large space without it feeling empty. Waking into a large, wide-open room — or a huge house in general! — can be intimidating, especially if you aren’t used to staging large spaces.
Here are a few tips and tricks from pro home stagers and designers:
“We like to use cowhide rugs in large open-concept spaces — especially under a dining table — because their organic, irregular shape lends itself to defining an area without looking boxy. Also, increase the living area of a great room by bumping it out with two well-placed ottomans to ‘square-off’ a seating area. In addition, a low daybed or large bench ottoman can break up two separate living areas without interrupting sight lines.
Never underestimate the power of a right-sized rug.
Many people make the mistake of using a too-small rug. For the luxe effect — if you have the space — go for a 10x13’ so the entire sofa-and-two-chairs-set-up can sit comfortably on it. Don’t forget that large-scale rooms need high-impact art. Go big (60x60”) so that all you need on a large wall is one statement piece. If you don’t have an available sectional in your inventory, use two identical sofas to create an L-shape with a large, low square end table at the crux. Top the table with a statement lamp.
For a long wall, consider two IKEA Vittsjo bookcases side-by-side about 12” apart — they pack a huge design punch and obviate the need for art on that wall. You can also space them 70” apart and slide in a 60” low media console for an entertainment center. A TV-sized rectangular art piece can ‘stand in’ for an actual screen.
Nothing beats textural elements to bring in the cozy factor to large rooms.
Texture works best when the whole scheme is neutral — linens, whites, grays, and taupes all work together to showcase rich, tactile fabrics and leathers.
Any color scheme can work in a big room, but once you’ve chosen one, commit to it fully.
It’ll look pulled together if you’re ruthless about your palette decision. And YOU get to decide if — and how — you want to break your own rules, like adding a brilliant dash of color with a single, vibrant coffee table book”.
— Robin DeCapua, owner/designer, Madison Modern Home, Los Angeles, CA
“Use larger-scaled artwork. If you don’t have any, consider framing pictures in same tone or material and create a collage.”
— Karen Gray-Plaisted
“To make a large space look warm and cozy, use lots of texture and fabric in the room. You can incorporate this by adding several different textured pillows and at least one textured throw blanket in the room. Faux plants and trees also add warmth to a room.”
— Sandy Schneider Levin, Beautiful Interiors Home Staging, New Jersey
“How to style a large space so it doesn’t seem empty can be accomplished with large-scale art and larger area rugs. If there is a budget, you could also consider a ceiling treatment (beams, larger chandeliers with ceiling medallion) and/or an accent wall that has architectural details or stone, all things to give the space weight.”
— Lora Marceau, Marceau Interiors, Wayzata, MN