Long Living Room Design
If you are an owner of a house or an apartment that has a long and narrow living room, then you surely know how it can be difficult to decorate such room in order not to have it as a long hallway or a bowling alley. It is a great challenge to create intimate gathering spaces in the usual square or circular shape that you would want in a living room. However, there are some tricks to making a long and narrow room into a comfortable living space.
Furnishing a Long Living room
A long living room often demands more than one sofa. There is usually more furniture needed to fill the space in the room. 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. Keeping the main walkway to one side of the room is the best way to create a space that flows easily, without people having to walk around obstacles or disturb people sitting and relaxing.
In a long thin room, hanging pictures high on the longer wall of the space can just highlight the imbalance in the proportions. Therefore, choosing gold lettering that can sit wide but low over the sofa will bring the eye downwards, and help make the room feel very slightly wider.
Long, narrow rooms tend to look too heavy on one end if the furnishings are not balanced. If you opted for a single seating arrangement placed at one end of the room, balance the other end with a pair of small table and chairs, a desk with a hutch or a pair of swiveling club chairs placed in front of a decorative chest. Even with a centrally placed seating area, the room’s focal point may cause a lopsided feel. If one of your short walls has a fireplace, a bank of windows or a large television, fill the other wall with something of equal weight. Consider a wall of bookcases, an antique armoire or a large-scale artwork installation, be it a grouping or single piece.
Leave Space to Walk
When you are placing the furniture, leave pathways to pass through the space. Ideally, make your pathways 36 inches or more wide; 30 inches is the absolute minimum. Plan the pathways to minimize the disturbance to those using the space. For example, it is fine to pass between a seating area and the television, but do not position a pathway between the sofa and cocktail table. It is annoying enough to move your legs aside in a theater aisle; you certainly do not want to have to do it at home.