Filling space in a room is often a simply task, simply put in some more furniture! Yet I have seen so many cases where this simply leads to the over crowing of a room and it feels like I am in a storage warehouse, not a living room! The real secret to filling a room well is not by putting more items in it, but by putting the right things in the right place, not simply putting them anywhere!
One of my favourite ways to fill space in a living room is actually through the use of mirrors and televisions. This may seem odd, but hear me through. Whilst most wall items, such as wardrobes or pictures, simply develop the space directly in front of them, both TV’s and mirrors have a wide arch of space which they give purpose to, and one or the other fit into almost any domestic home design. As a plus a TV has a purpose, obviously, and can add colour and atmosphere to a room of your choice by simply putting on a DVD and putting the sound on low, effectively acting as a moving picture with sound. And for the mirror, it not only fills space but due to the fact that it reflects the room it is in the area can feel larger on top of more effectively used!
As for the space right in from of the TV or mirror I always feel that a rug can add character to the space and further develop it, via the use of vibrant colours and a rich patter it actually brings itself up from the floor making the space you have just given purpose to feel even more filled. This can also work well in front of large windows and as a centre for a semicircle of chairs and sofas we all so love to have in our living rooms, but you should definitely have a coffee table on it as well so you have somewhere to put drinks, magazines and anything that guests, family and anyone would want to have whilst in the living room; so be prepared for getting food on the rug once in a whilst as nobody is accident prone! For the very reason and the way that furniture dents a rug whilst resting on it I often opt for a less expensive rug in these situations to try to not cut into my coffers too much!
My final tip for using the space in your room would have to be to try to fill the upper room space as much as possible. Imagine one of those huge ball rooms with a glistening crystal chandelier in the centre, but then without the large chandelier. It would be a lot more empty, wouldn’t it! But although beautiful, not everyone can afford a chandelier and many simply do not like them, so I would recommend trying the use of floor lamps, bookcases and general taller furniture to try to fill the ceiling area. Yet in the end I do find the best way to do this is to go for a chandelier, crystal or ornate. But it really comes down to personal preference which I suppose is my true final suggestion. Go for what you like the best!