DIY Tips: Decorating a Long, Narrow Living Room

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.

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  • 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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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