Large living room ideas – Get The Most From Your Large Space

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Ideas for creating different looks in a large living room

What do I do with a living room that is too big?

Do you have a large living room that you don’t know what to do with? Don’t worry, you are not alone! Many people find themselves in this situation. In this blog post, we will give you some large living room ideas and how to make the most of them.

A large living room can be a blessing or a curse. It all depends on how you use the space.


Split the area to include a dining table

Large living room used as a sitting room and the other can be used as a dining room

Photo by Ashley Byrd on Unsplash

One of the best ways to make use of a large living room is to split the space into two separate areas which a lot of interior designers tend to do.

This can be done by adding a partition or using furniture to create two distinct areas.

One area can be used as a sitting room and the other can be used as a dining room.

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Room dividers

Hanging wall panels

This is a great way to make use of the space and it will also give you more options when it comes to decorating. Shop the Look.

If you have a large living room, don’t be afraid to experiment with the layout. There are many different ways that you can utilize the space.

Freestanding decorative screens can be used to separate the seating area from the dining area. Shop the Look. Also take a look at our blog on dining room tables.

Standing screen divider

Get creative and see what works best for you and your family. With a little bit of effort, you can turn your large living room into an amazing space that everyone will enjoy.

As you can see from the photos above, one of the screens you can see through, the other is solid. The solid screen can completely block the other section off, ideal if you are having a home office, or play area.

Curtains are not just for windows

There are cheaper ways to split the room. Curtains are a good cost-effective option. Floor-to-ceiling sheer curtains can be installed with a simple curtain rod along the ceiling line.

If you want something more substantial then select a heavier fabric but be aware of blocking out any light in your large room.

Sheer curtains


How to separate a room with glass partitions

Another idea to separate a room is with glass partitions. If your budget allows it then glass partitions are a great way to create two distinct areas. They are also a great way to add more décor to the space.

Glass partitions will add or keep the light in the space. They are also a great way to create more privacy. If you have a large living room, then glass partitions are a great option.


Separating a large living room with a furniture arrangement

Use furniture to create two areas

Another way to make use of a large living room is to separate the space with furniture. This can be done by using a credenza or a sofa to form two distinct areas. This is a great way to create more seating and it will also give you the opportunity to add more décor to the space.

Credenzas in large spaces

Brown credenza

A beautiful piece like a credenza looks fabulous backing onto the back of a sofa. It not only becomes a focal point but also helps to separate seating areas from dining areas.

They are also great for storing your cutlery, glassware, and other dining accessories.

Sir Drake Credenza

Add table lamps, a vase, or ornament to finish the look. Shop the Look.

White Credenza

Use rugs to define the space

Another great way to make use of a large living room is to use rugs to define the area. This is a way to add more décor to the space and it will also help you create two distinct areas.

White area rug

Rugs are a great way to add color and texture to the space and they can also help you create more seating. Shop the Look.

Grey rug

Bookcases – practical and dividing

A bookcase is a great choice to consider when thinking about large living room ideas. Not only can they divide the space, they are practical as well.

Open bookcase

As well as bookshelves open shelf cabinets can separate a larger room.

Open shelf bookcase 2


Zoning a large living room

When undertaking the interior design for a large living room it is important to get the zones right.

Important points to remember are not to overfill the area with large amounts of furniture and make each area relevant.

For instance, if you have large seating arrangements, don’t set the furniture more than 10 feet apart. This just makes it impossible to have a conversation.

If both areas of the living room are going to be filled with seating you could have more formal living room furniture by a fireplace wall and a relaxed set up around the television.

Fireplace chair - casual

Try to keep within the same style and color scheme to make the room feel cohesive and flowing.

Brown Casual chair

You may want bookshelves by the fireplaces and reading chairs. There may be room for a large sectional sofa by the television.


What is a sectional sofa?

5 tips when buying a sectional sofa

A sectional sofa is a large couch that is made up of multiple sections. This type of sofa is great for a large living room because it can provide ample seating.

Sectional sofas are also great for families because they can be used as a place to sleep or relax.

Sectional sofas

Sectional sofas come in all different shapes and sizes. You can find them in a variety of materials, including leather and fabric.

They also come in a variety of colors, so you can easily find one that will match your living room décor.

Sectional Sofa 2

If you don’t want oversized furniture, then select two decent-sized sofas and face them towards each other with a coffee table in the middle. Shop the Look

Durban Sofa

Measure out your area, draw a rough plan and ensure that you measure any furniture before purchasing it to make sure it fits correctly into your large space.


Create an entertainment center

Large living room ideas 4

Photo by Huy Nguyen on Unsplash

Dividing your large living room into two sections can also incorporate an entertainment center. It could have a seating arrangement with a bar area.


What are the benefits of a home bar

A home bar is a great way to entertain guests. It can also be a great place to relax after a long day.

Bars can come in all different shapes and sizes. You can find them made of wood, metal, or even glass. You have these built into your blank wall space or just purchase a freestanding one.

Home Bar 2

There are many benefits of having a home bar. For instance, it can be a great conversation starter and it will make your living room more inviting. It is also a great way to show off your personality.

It is also a great place to entertain guests. If you have friends over for drinks, then a home bar is a great way to impress them. What a way to show off your bartending skills.

Home Bar 1


You can also incorporate into your large living room ideas an area where there is a wall-mounted tv/media wall space where you can sit and enjoy watching tv.

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Sliding doors to create an entire wall

Incorporating sliding doors into your large living room ideas will shut off the space if you need that complete separation.

Barn doors are very popular if your large living room ideas revolve around a rustic interior design style.

Barn doors are fairly simple to install but it is always best to consult a professional if you are unsure where to start.

Sliding doors barn

You can purchase barn doors as a kit from your local hardware store or order them online. They are available in a variety of different stains or colors so shop around to find the right one for your large living room. Shop the Look.


Large cabinets freestanding or built-ins

large cabinet

Something that is not permanent, or if you are happy to have a permanent fixture, then large cabinets not only visually separate a large living room but are also great for extra storage.

If you are happy to build them into your large living room ideas construct them from floor to ceiling. Add shelving, cupboard space, and lights.

Large cabinet 2

Alternatively, opt for a freestanding cabinet on either side of your large living room creating a walk-through to the second part of your living space.


Go Green

For something a little less permanent position tall potted plants in an area to give a visual separation.

They will do the job and also add more visual impact to the area. They don’t have to be real if you are not green-fingered. Purchase good quality artificial plants.

Green plants

For added interest try some pampas grass. This can be purchased in all different sizes and colors.

Pop a bunch in a large vase next to a small dividing screen to give more interest to your living room.

Part partition

Again you can install a part partition at ceiling level and to the sides of a room. Add an archway.

Drywall as a divider

If you are looking for a way to build a room divider, then there are a few different options. One option is to use wood. Wood is a great material because it is durable and it can be stained or painted to match your décor.

Another option for building a room divider is to use drywall. Drywall is a great material because it is easy to work with and it can be painted or wallpapered to match your décor.

Paint grey

Painting on drywall

Paint grey 2

Painting on drywall is a great way to add color and texture to the space.

Drywall is also a great material for creating different looks. You can create a rustic look for your large living room layout by using a dry brush technique.

Or you can create a modern look for a modern living room by using high gloss paint.


Sanding before priming

When it comes to painting on drywall, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. The first thing that you need to do is to prepare the surface. This means that you need to sand the drywall and then apply a primer.

Once the primer is dry, you can start painting. When painting on drywall, it is important to use a paint roller.

Paint rollers will help to evenly distribute the paint and they will also help to prevent streaks.


The final touches

Paint 3

Once you have finished painting, you can add any final touches that you want. This can include adding trim or molding. You can also add decals or stickers.

Painting on drywall is a great way to personalize your living space. It is also a great way to add some extra color and texture.

So, if you are looking for a way to make your living room more inviting, then consider painting on drywall. Shop the Look.

Paint 4


A feature fireplace

When funds allow why not consider a feature fireplace. You can have amazing modern fireplaces installed in the center of a large living room. The joy of this is that you get the effect of the fire in both areas.


How much does a modern fireplace cost?

A modern fireplace can cost anywhere from $500 to $5000. The price depends on the size, type, and features of the fireplace.

For example, a gas fireplace will cost more than an electric fireplace. A wood-burning fireplace will also cost more than an electric fireplace.

The size of the fireplace for large living rooms also plays a role in the price. A small fireplace may only cost $500, while a large fireplace could cost up to $5000.

multi sided fireplace

There are many different types of fireplaces available on the market today. You can find fireplaces made of brick, stone, or even metal. Each type of material has its own unique look and feel. Shop the Look.

Brick and stone fireplaces are the most popular choices for modern homes. They offer a classic look that can complement any décor. Brick and stone fireplaces are also very durable and easy to maintain.

Fireplace link 2


If you are looking for a more contemporary look, then you may want to consider a metal fireplace. Metal fireplaces come in a variety of styles and colors. They are also very easy to maintain.

No matter what type of fireplace you choose, be sure to have it installed by a professional. This will ensure that your fireplace is safe and will last for many years to come.

Fireplaces can be complemented by a variety of furniture arrangements. A couple of occasional chairs will make for a formal reading space by the fire.

A large sofa facing the fireplace with built-ins, such as TVs, or cabinets and oversized ottomans can fill the space and complement a family room and provide extra seating.


Lighting in large living rooms

When it comes to lighting a large living room, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind.


What will the large living room be used for?

The first thing that you need to do is to determine the purpose of the room. This will help you determine the type of light that you need.

If the room is going to be used for entertaining, then you will need to use different types of lights.

For example, if you are having a party, then you will need to use accent lights. Accent lights will help to highlight certain areas of the room.

Accent light 1

If the room is going to be used for relaxing, then you will want to use ambient lighting. Ambient lighting is a soft light that helps to create a relaxed atmosphere.

Accent light 2

Different types of lighting

Once you have determined the purpose of the room, you can start to select the type of light that you need. There are many different types of lights available on the market today.

You can choose from floor lamps, table lamps, chandeliers, and pendant lights. Shop the Look.

Floor Lamp-1

When selecting the type of light, you also need to consider the size of the room. If the room is large, then you will need to use more than one type of light. For example, you may want to use floor lamps in addition to accent lamps on coffee tables.

You also need to take into account the height of the ceilings in the room. If the ceilings are high, then you will need to use a different type of light. Chandeliers are a great option for high ceilings.


Pendant lights are also a good option for high ceilings. Pendant lights can be hung from the ceiling and they offer a soft, diffused light.

Pendant light 1

Once you have selected the type of light, you need to decide on the placement of the light. The placement of the light will depend on the purpose of the room.

If you are using the room for entertaining, then you will want to use accent lights. Accent lights should be placed in strategic locations around the room.

If you are using the room for relaxing, then you may want to use ambient lighting. Ambient lighting can be placed in any location in the room.


Furniture arrangements and lighting

This is very important to consider, for example, if you have a dining area you will need to search for lighting that can be positioned over the dining table.

Maybe a chandelier if the ceilings allow a dimmable function. You can then adjust the lighting to bright for a formal dinner party with guests, or alternatively lower the lighting for a more romantic setting. Shop the Look.

Dining table chandelier

Accent lights can be positioned on side tables in your sitting room area.

If you have a corner fireplace you may want to consider side tables with accent lighting like a table lamp, or one single floor standing lamp.

There are plenty of things to consider but saying that plenty of beautiful lights to choose from.

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Just hanging around

Hanging wall panels

12 pieces at 11.4 in x 11.4 inc. A screen panel that can be washed and easily installed.

AMAZON – $40.99

Stunning credenza for a large space

Sir Drake Credenza

Beautifully crafted in acacia with charcoal additions and brushed brass handles. Where else would you want to store your nice glasses?

MOD SHOP – $3,695

More patterns on your floor

Grey rug

Sleek and with an abstract pattern, this rug will compliment many large living rooms.

WALMART – $169.99

 Section off that expansive living room

Sectional sofas

This sectional sofa may not be small, but it is perfectly formed. Soft and durable Crypton fabric in charcoal makes this the perfect choice for living room furniture.


Display your ornaments and separate a larger space

Open shelf bookcase-2

Plenty of items to display? You can separate your large living room and display your finery with this five-tier bookshelf.

AMAZON – Currently unavailable

Settle back in velvet

Durban Sofa

Lush, comfortable, and inviting, this velvet Durban sofa will be perfect in a great room and the ideal focal point.

MOD SHOP – $3,695

Be a green goddess

Green plants

Go natural and bring greenery to your dividing space. Perfect for large living rooms that want to bring the outside in.

WALMART – $56.99

Paint with interest


Looking for something a little more interesting than plain paint. Check out this rather clever idea for a textured look.

AMAZON – $19.99

Let’s not forget the lighting


Accent lighting is a must in your large living room design. Placed strategically and it will make all the difference.


Dine in style under a waterfall


Eat, drink and be merry under a chandelier shaped like a waterfall. If you have a large room with high ceilings, don’t miss out on Hollywood glamor.

FRANCE AND SON – $1,699.00

Create a media wall space


Separate your big living room and create a media wall space. The job is done in half the time.

FRANCE AND SON – $7,970.00

No holes and screws


Divide your large living room up with a freestanding divider made from four panels at around 71 inches in height. Add a plant or two. Job done. Pack it away when you need to.

WALMART – $89.99

It’s all white for a large space

White Credenza

What a work of art! Sleek brass legs and a very stunning dimensional pattern. Store your tableware and sit back and admire.

MOD SHOP – $2,995

All you need is a good book


Pick your book up from the coffee table and settle into this comfortable button-tufted chair by the fire. Totally designed for style and comfort.

WALMART – $207.40

Stay on sectional trend

Sectional Sofa 2

Love life in your big living room with this very contemporary sectional with plush loose seat cushions. Where’s the wine?

MOD SHOP – $7,995

Drinks please!

Home Bar 1

Open the bar and serve the drinks. If you have empty space, then start rustling up those cocktails.

WALMART – $295.83

Close it up with curtains

Sheer curtains

Sheer curtains that won’t block up the natural lighting in your large living room.

AMAZON – $10,95

Pamper yourself with some pampas

Pampas grass

Not great with plants? Go artificial and create a screen of pampas.

AMAZON – $28.49

Warm up your living room design ideas

multi sided fireplace

What a feature and talking point. A two-way electric fire that will make you cozy in both your seating area and the dining room.

WALMART – $3,352.75

Add an accent to your coffee table

Accent light 2

Accent lighting also looks great on small tables and credenzas. This accent light will look great in a modern living room.

WALMART – $392.11

Overhead lighting by pendant

Pendant light 1

Formed in the shape of a teardrop and at just under 16 inches in height, this will grace any living room ceiling.

FRANCE AND SON – $517.00

Luxury living room credenza

Brown credenza

Who doesn’t like a credenza. Not only ideal for separating the space and adding lamps but you get storage as well! Made from ash veneer – what a statement!

MOD SHOP – $3,495

Comfy underfoot

White area rug

Scrunch your toes into this shag rug whilst defining your large living room. Add that contemporary feel underfoot.

WALMART – $501.69

Relax at the end of the day

Brown Casual chair

The high-density foam cushions will make you want to stay in this chair all day. To hell with it – buy two for your large living room design.

WALMART – $207.40

For the bookworm

Open bookcase

Enough space for a bookcase? Divide the living room and enjoy the contents.

WALMART – $89.00

A great room deserves a great bar

Home Bar 2

Adapt your furniture arrangement to incorporate this classic bar with a lovely industrial edge to it. Just make sure you have plenty of bottles to fill it up.

WALMART – $229.99

Sliding into a barn door

Sliding doors barn

Install them yourself or get a professional. Ideal for shutting off large living rooms, this kit gets you started. Just choose your door from your local DIY store.

WALMART – $61.99

Paint empty walls to divide

Paint grey-2

Visually divide your family room with a coat of paint. Choose the color carefully and divide and conquer.

WALMART – $25.94

At the touch of a button, you have fire

Fireplace link 2

Another two-way feature fireplace for your large living rooms.

WALMART – $4,499.00

Don’t forget a corner floor lamp

Floor Lamp-1

Unusual, modern floor standing lamp which suits a contemporary large living room design.

FRANCE AND SON – $439.00

Hand-blown glass


Formal living rooms can display this designer favorite. Made from a gold leaf finish and hand-blown glass, be careful how you hang it!

FRANCE AND SON – $1,658.00

A TV stand to divide


Again, divide your room with your new media console and display cabinet.

FRANCE AND SON – $8,895.00

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