Moving to the Suburbs: Tips For Designing a Larger Home

Sitting Room
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Many people move from the city to the suburbs to enjoy more space, but designing for that extra space comes with a set of challenges. To make your larger home feel more welcoming and comfortable, follow these design tips.

Choose tall, potted plants – Their height will help balance high ceilings, plus they will make the room feel less empty. Try placing the plants on either side of a window or adjacent to a door.

Paint your walls in two tones – Paint the bottom half one color and the top half different. Try using two different shades of the same color for a more cohesive look. This “keeps the eye busy” and creates a cozier feeling by breaking the area up.

Define room zones – Section off one area with a wrap-around sofa, another with chairs around a fireplace and a third with an area rug and bookshelves, for example.

Piano room
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Aim to fill dead wall space – Pull major furniture off the walls to make the room feel closer, but don’t leave the walls blank. One simple idea is to place a pair of benches against the wall, and then display a series of related photos above them.

Create an intimate spot within a larger room – A couple of chairs nestled around a small table can create a spot to retreat to for privacy.

Choose oversized furniture – Larger pieces look more in-proportion to your spacious rooms. Over-stuffed sofas, large ottomans, and upholstered cushions are all great choices.

Designing a bigger space requires some careful planning and attention to detail. For more assistance decorating your suburban Boston home from an award-winning interior designer, contact Chrisicos Interiors at 617-699-9462 and schedule an appointment to visit the luxury design showroom at Park Plaza.

** Be sure to save the date of November 2. Chrisicos Interiors will host a cocktail party in our luxury design showroom for Rosecrans Baldwin of Dedar. He will entertain and showcase fabrics and wall coverings from Dedar and Hermès, two brands with a 40-year history at the forefront of the luxury home furnishing industry. **