Although our instinct will tell us that large room are better than congested room, an overly large room can look a tad boring if not furnished properly. Not only will it be an unimpressive expanse of space, it will also be a waste of precious area.
Creating zones in large room is a very good idea to alleviate this problem. How do you create zones without creating a feel of mismatching blocks of areas clumped together? There are three ways in which you can define zones: with the furniture and decor, with the lighting and with the color scheme.
Furniture & Decor: The furniture and decor in a large room can be used to mark boundaries between different zones. Potted plants, tall lampshades and large rugs are other accessories that can be used to define perimeters.
Lighting: Different lighting in different areas of a large room will also help define zones. Try large overhead lighting in some areas to draw the attention of the eye.
Colour Scheme: The colour scheme of the different zones in a large room is another effective technique to create blended zones. While the colors should clearly separate boundaries, it should not look like chunks of polar opposite schemes pieced together. Smooth flow between the colors in essential for this. If you are using colours from opposite ends of the spectrum, use neutral colors to prevent the dominants from fighting for attention; a little something to smooth out the rough edges.
With these tips in mind, you can start creating those beautifully distinct-yet-harmonious zones!