By Jean Patteson, Orlando Sentinel
Vast rooms with soaring ceilings, extra-tall doors and towering windows are designed to look grand. But how do you make such vast spaces feel warm and inviting — without minimizing their grandeur?
Not-so-big homes may be the current trend, but luxury mansions are still being built or remodeled. And even smaller homes often feature open-plan living areas with lofty ceilings.
It takes all the decorating tricks in a designer's bag to bring human scale to giant spaces, says Jeanne Archer, who recently designed the interiors for the 16,700-square-foot home of the Patrick Tubbs family on Lake Mabel in southwest Orlando.