Having too much space is usually a good problem to have. After all, studies have shown that the human brain doesn’t respond well to long-term clutter – especially when it comes to a home.

But, having an open floor plan living room can feel… empty, at times. This is especially true if there usually aren’t many people in that section of your home.

Luckily, though, there are ways you can make the most of the extra room through decorating.

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s take a look at everything you need to know.

Invest in an Area Rug

Adding a rug (particularly one that takes up a lot of room) allows you to give “purpose” to a particular space.

For example, you could place a rug underneath a dining table, couch, etc. in order to create a designated area for that furniture. Otherwise, you run the risk of your large living room looking more like a storage unit.

Add Depth Through Painting

It may sound overly simple, but it’s quite an effective strategy to create an illusion of extra space.

Painting one or two of your living room walls a color that contrasts the rest of the room will direct the eye’s attention to those areas. This gives guests something to focus on and distracts from the extra openness the room has.

The color you choose can either contrast the color of the other walls or the color of major objects in the room. These can include, chairs, tables, cabinets, etc.

Don’t Forget The Ceiling

Part of the issue with having an open floor plan living room is that it begins to feel like a giant box with furniture in it. While most people tend to focus on what they can add to take up space on the floor, adding to the ceiling can be a great alternative.

Adding ceiling-mounted lamps or decorative fixtures will easily help get rid of that “empty” feeling your living room may have. You can further improve the room’s design by choosing colors (or materials) that accent the rest of the space.

Break The Room into Sections

With an open floor plan often comes a lack of direction. Since you have so much space, it’s not uncommon for people to not know where to look (or sit)!

So, you can give different segments of the room for different purposes.

For example, you might have one-third of the living room be a lounge area with a television. Another section may have a dining table or serve as a gaming area.

Depending on your needs and taste, the possibilities are virtually endless.

If you have an open floor plan, Kevin Sykes from www.moderndigsfurniture.com says that a functional and stylish way to divide the living area from the dining area is to use a sideboard.

Decorating an Open Floor Plan Living Room Can Seem Difficult

But it doesn’t have to be.

With the above information about handling an open floor plan in mind, you’ll be well on your way to an open, yet luxurious space.

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