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Narrow Living Room Layout

Skit Inc. Decorating small spaces is something a lot of us have to do, but long narrow living rooms? That’s a whole other problem. With long and/or narrow rooms you always run the risk of creating a tunnel effect – not the best if you’re trying to create a welcoming and cozy space. However there are a lot of ways to decorate these awkward rooms that can help minimize the effect.To turn your long narrow living room into an inviting oasis try some of these decorating tips. Create a WalkwayIn any long narrow room it’s important to create a path for people to walk through. Granted it’s important in any room, but in a narrow room it can be particularly tricky. The last thing you want is people tripping over furniture or zigzagging across the room, so always create a path. If possible put it on one side of the room rather than right in the middle. It will create a cozier atmosphere.Pull Furniture Away from the WallsWhen you're arranging furniture don’t push everything against the walls if you can help it. On at least one side of the room make sure to pull the furniture away from the wall and float it in the middle of the room. Contrary to popular belief it will not make the room look choppy, but rather it will create a cozier seating area (and leave you with the walkway mentioned above). When all the furniture is pushed against the wall it can also create a bowling alley effect which is generally not desirable. Use Some Circular or Oval PiecesOne of the best ways to prevent “bowling alley effect” is to use some furniture with soft, round edges. A circular coffee table or ottoman in the center of the seating area can do wonders for counteracting all the straight lines.  Round light fixtures,lamp shades and side tables can also help. Place Something Perpendicular to the Length of the RoomRather than using a long sofa against the wall, consider using two smaller love seats placed perpendicular to the length of the room. Breaking up a long narrow room with this type of sofa placement will definitely help avoid the tunnel effect. If you do decide to put a long couch against the wall place your side chairs perpendicular to the couch rather than across from it.Divide the SpaceIf your room is particularly long divide it up into separate areas. Consider two different seating/conversation areas, or perhaps a seating area and an office space. Think about how you will use the space and divide it based on that. Besides just the furniture, divide it using area rugs and art (avoid placing art in the center of a long wall if you’re creating different areas).Use Vertical SpaceDraw the eye upwards by making the most of your vertical space. Use tall pieces like armoires and high bookshelves; create art and photo arrangements that go all the way to the ceiling; and hang drapes from where the wall meets the ceiling to create the illusion of height. Also consider using vertical stripes on walls or window treatments to help draw the eye upwards. Be EfficientIn narrow living rooms clutter is the enemy. Because space is limited, any extra items can make the room feel disorganized and even create tripping hazards. Make sure everything has its place and be sure to edit extra pieces of furniture. Even something as small as a side chair can wreak havoc. Whenever possible use items that can serve two purposes – like an ottoman with storage inside. Read More

Narrow Living Room Layout

Decorating small spaces is something a lot of us have to do, but long narrow living rooms? That’s a whole other problem. With long and/or narrow rooms you always run the risk of creating a tunnel effect – not the best if you’re trying to create a welcoming and cozy space. However there are a lot of ways to decorate these awkward rooms that can help minimize the effect.To turn your long narrow living room into an inviting oasis try some of these decorating tips. Create a WalkwayIn any long narrow room it’s important to create a path for people to walk through. Granted it’s important in any room, but in a narrow room it can be particularly tricky. The last thing you want is people tripping over furniture or zigzagging across the room, so always create a path. If possible put it on one side of the room rather than right in the middle. It will create a cozier atmosphere.Pull Furniture Away from the WallsWhen you're arranging furniture don’t push everything against the walls if you can help it. On at least one side of the room make sure to pull the furniture away from the wall and float it in the middle of the room. Contrary to popular belief it will not make the room look choppy, but rather it will create a cozier seating area (and leave you with the walkway mentioned above). When all the furniture is pushed against the wall it can also create a bowling alley effect which is generally not desirable. Use Some Circular or Oval PiecesOne of the best ways to prevent “bowling alley effect” is to use some furniture with soft, round edges. A circular coffee table or ottoman in the center of the seating area can do wonders for counteracting all the straight lines.  Round light fixtures,lamp shades and side tables can also help. Place Something Perpendicular to the Length of the RoomRather than using a long sofa against the wall, consider using two smaller love seats placed perpendicular to the length of the room. Breaking up a long narrow room with this type of sofa placement will definitely help avoid the tunnel effect. If you do decide to put a long couch against the wall place your side chairs perpendicular to the couch rather than across from it.Divide the SpaceIf your room is particularly long divide it up into separate areas. Consider two different seating/conversation areas, or perhaps a seating area and an office space. Think about how you will use the space and divide it based on that. Besides just the furniture, divide it using area rugs and art (avoid placing art in the center of a long wall if you’re creating different areas).Use Vertical SpaceDraw the eye upwards by making the most of your vertical space. Use tall pieces like armoires and high bookshelves; create art and photo arrangements that go all the way to the ceiling; and hang drapes from where the wall meets the ceiling to create the illusion of height. Also consider using vertical stripes on walls or window treatments to help draw the eye upwards. Be EfficientIn narrow living rooms clutter is the enemy. Because space is limited, any extra items can make the room feel disorganized and even create tripping hazards. Make sure everything has its place and be sure to edit extra pieces of furniture. Even something as small as a side chair can wreak havoc. Whenever possible use items that can serve two purposes – like an ottoman with storage inside.

Narrow Living Room Layout

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JayJeffers Sometimes the best way to deal with a long, narrow space is to divide it into two seating groups. That will allow you to fill the space without giving up normal-size furniture. It also will give you the opportunity to customize each area for a different activity or level of intimacy. Try floating pieces in the center of the room, and be sure to maintain a consistent color palette and style, so the space feels harmonious. Throw some occasional chairs into the mix, so guests can pull up a seat when they want to join a group. In this example Jeffers Design Group created a large, formal seating area and supplemented it with a small, informal grouping designed around a central ottoman. That way just two people can sit in this room without feeling swallowed up by the space. The low club chairs prevent the rear space from feeling cut off from the rest of the room. A long living room often demands more than one sofa. There are three in the room here! The scheme works because the two opposing sofas match, even though they occupy separate seating areas. (Imagine how busy this would have looked if all three sofas were different.) The coffee table is extra large to accommodate the room’s scale, as is the wing chair in the corner. The latter’s elevated stature helps break up the furniture plane, so all the pieces aren’t the same height. Portable chairs, like the green pair seen here, allow guests to pull up a seat whenever they want to join a conversation. Margaret Donaldson Interiors With doorways in each of the far corners, it was important to accommodate circulation on both sides of this room. The solution: floating furniture in the middle.The center table divides the seating group from the game area, while matching rugs, upholstery treatments and wood tones help unify the space so it feels like a single composition. Alix Bragg Interior Design Although both sides of this room share a common color palette, the side adjoining the kitchen was designed with tougher materials, like leather, since it gets more use. Architectural elements — like the archway bisecting this room — can be helpful in breaking up a large space, as can bookcases and folding screens. Don’t overlook the opportunities a ceiling can offer. Installing a recessed ceiling over one or both halves of a room can help define seating areas within an open plan.Relax in style with comfy leather armchairs AND Interior Design Studio If your space is long and narrow, but not especially big, you can still get away with a single grouping. “Just add a couple of chairs with a round table between them, so you have another place to go,” says Charleston designer Alix Bragg.In this example a table and chairs are set behind the rear sofa; more chairs augment the main seating group. A daybed takes the place of a second sofa, allowing views into the space and making the seating group seem more welcoming. Thom Filicia Inc. In this New York living room, designer Thom Filicia opted for a single seating group but adjusted the scale, using an extra-long sofa and placing two matching coffee tables side by side. Fieldcrest Builders Inc Two sofas are floated in the middle of this living room and placed back to back, with a console table between them. Hanging fixtures help define each seating group within the open plan. Alternatively, you could just use a chandelier in the dominant grouping, to give it more prominence.A circulation path hugs one wall — a good solution for narrow rooms. Allow a width of at least 30 to 36 inches for easy passage. Urbanspace Interiors In this Austin, Texas, living room, a free-form sectional is a contemporary variation of back-to-back sofas. One side faces an intimate seating area; the other embraces a more casual space furnished with ottomans that can double as seating. ABRAMS Nothing fills space like a grand piano! In addition to being long and narrow, this living room also has a high ceiling. The hanging lights do a nice job of lowering the ceiling’s perceived height, so the space doesn’t feel so daunting.MoreBrowse living room furniture in the Shop sectionFind an interior designer near you

Narrow Living Room Layout

Narrow Living Room Layout

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Narrow Living Room Layout
Narrow Living Room Layout
Narrow Living Room Layout