DIY Tips: How to Decorate a Narrow Room

Rooms that are long and thin are often the most difficult to decorate. Arrange the furniture incorrectly, use the wrong wallpaper or choose the wrong colour for the walls and the space will look even narrower. Follow these tips to learn how to decorate a narrow room effectively, making the space wider and more inviting. Take a look at this link for wall covering supplies to help you get started.

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Arranging furniture

Although it often makes more sense to create one central seating area, it can leave one or both ends feeling a bit neglected and unloved. If the space isn’t used, it’ll just end up being a walkthrough or corridor, so you’ll need to arrange the furniture more effectively. Breaking up the space with a piece of interesting furniture will help to break up the space and make it more interesting. You could choose a freestanding fireplace, an open shelving unit, an ottoman or even just a large coffee table.

You might be tempted to put long sofas down the walls as they do fit into the space, but this will only make the room feel narrower. Pull the furniture away from the walls so that it floats and tricks the eye into thinking the room is bigger and remember – the more floor space you can see, the bigger the room will feel.

Functional spaces

Instead of just using the space for sitting, think about creating multiple functional spaces for multiple uses. For example, if you work from home, add an inwards-facing desk (as it’s far more social), or add a cosy lounge area that both you and the children can use – a few comfy chairs, a bookcase, a low level coffee table and a few bean bags. Think outside the box and instead of basing your living room on the traditional sofa and television, do things differently.

New furniture

If you can afford to buy new furniture, invest in a few curvy pieces instead of long, thin pieces. Choose a love seat and a few armchairs instead of a long, thin sofa, or an L-shaped suite. Opt for a curved coffee table, side tables with curved edges or a circular dining table – the lack of sharp angles will help to detract from the room’s skinny shape.

Statement features and lighting

One of the easiest ways to add interest to a long, thin room is to add statement features and lighting. A starburst mirror on a wall, bold wallpaper (think geometrics, oversized florals or thick stripes), a bright paint or even something as simple as a framed print or large digital photography canvas.

Narrow rooms often have dark corners, too, as the natural light from the windows isn’t usually enough to light the whole room, so it’s important that you either maximise the light available or use plenty of clever lighting to create zones. Avoid using heavy drapes or dark window coverings and use floor lamps, table lamps and ceiling lights to brighten up the space.

Source: UKTV Home