A long, narrow living room can be a bit tricksy to decorate. Get it wrong, and the room will just look like a corridor. If the room is particularly narrow, if you use the wrong types of furniture or the wrong colour on the walls, it’ll end up feeling a little bit like a teeny tiny jumble sale. You can make the space feel a little bit bigger – and make the most of the square footage that you do have, by following the design tips below. Take a look at this link for painting supplies to help you get started.
- Zone, zone and zone some more. We’ve said it before & we’ll say it again – zoning is really your very best bet when it comes to making a long and thin living room look somewhat homely. You don’t always have to use furniture to zone – even a large rug can bring together the sofa, armchairs and coffee table, creating a cosy feel. Using a darker piece of furniture in the centre of the room will make it “advance” towards you, which will bring the rest of the room towards the table, making it feel cosier and less narrow.
- It is a little bit 1970s, but one of the very best ways to divide a room is with a shelving unit. Not only does it provide a handy storage area, but if you choose an open unit, it’ll divide up the room without encroaching on the feeling of space, as that’s the last thing you want to do. You can also use it to show off any particularly pretty ornaments or accessories.
- Put furniture at angles, if you have enough space. If you just push everything so that it sits flush to the wall, it’ll make it feel even more like a corridor. Moving armchairs so that they sit at angles to the wall – “floating” furniture will make the room feel a little bit larger and if you arrange furniture so that it sits at angles, rather than flush against the wall, the room will feel cosy rather than just small.
- It’s really important to think carefully about how you hang pictures in a long, thin room. If you hang them high up, it’ll make the room feel a bit narrower – so a good way to widen the room is to hang pictures on the narrowest wall, just above sofa level, widely spaced. You can hang pictures on the long wall, too, but make sure they’re hung fairly low and widely spaced, again. You could also hang pictures in a “collage” – arrange them in a collage pattern on the floor first, then hang them on the wall once you’ve come up with a design that you’re happy with.
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