If you are looking for a way to make your living space appear to be a little more cozy and hospitable, there are certain areas that you will want to address with your design scheme. Some of these will relate to the color palate that you choose while others will focus more on the types of items which you use. Figuring out the best way to open up the space and make it comfortable to be in should be one of your top priorities while decorating your space. The first and most important thing to consider is what the room is going to be used for.
The space that you are decorating could be a living room or den. This means that you will want to have a space which is comfortable enough to relax in while still being able to entertain guests. This means that you will want to have enough furniture to accommodate seating for everyone and still have enough room for people to walk around and mingle. Additionally, you will want to have enough tables for everyone because when spending time together, most people will have drinks and they will need some place to set them.
On the other hand, if you are decorating for an office, you will want to head in another direction. You will want to have a space which is comfortable enough to spend a great deal of time in but still formal enough that a person will be motivated to work. If a room is too comfortable then a person will not want to do work and if the room is too rigid, a person will not feel comfortable spending great deals of time in there.
One area that can greatly affect the mood of a room would be the items which are chosen to be in it. Area rugs are one of the best choices that a person can make for a room because it will help to open up the room and set the mood almost immediately. The color of the area rug which is chosen will immediately establish the ambiance of the room and it can set a backdrop for all of the furniture to interact with.
The lighting scheme for a room is very important. Well lit rooms can be warm and encourage people to read or interact with each other, yet too much light and a person will feel uncomfortable, almost as if they were being scrutinized. On the other hand, if the light is too dim, the room can end up looking gloomy and dismal.
These two very basic parts of interior design can make a huge difference when it comes to how a room is perceived. They can make a person feel incredibly welcome in your space or they can alienate them and send them packing as soon as possible. Experimenting with different styles will be the best way to learn what elements work and what should be ignored for the future.