A long living room can feel awkward and can be difficult to decorate. If you aren’t careful, it can end up looking like a bowling alley. It also can be difficult to create seating areas that aren’t disrupted by the flow of traffic. Learning how to decorate a long living room can be a daunting task. Without the proper techniques, the room can look too spacious and empty. However, it doesn’t require a lot of work to turn the living room into a beautiful masterpiece.
End Wall Struggles
The best place to start your decorating is by “undecorating” the end walls. It’s a perception issue when paintings and mounted televisions are on the end walls. Go ahead and move those items to the side walls. When guests come over, they won’t be focusing on the ends of the room.
Some homes have fireplaces on the front end wall. If this is the case, make sure the other end is bare for now.
Add a Couple Rugs
Another technique you can use when learning how to decorate a long living room is adding a few rugs. Creating sections in a longer room can make it look smaller. Adding a couple rugs will make the room look as though there are two or three different sections of it.
Patterns and styles will vary from one person to the next. Just make sure there is a purpose for each rug you use. Otherwise, the room is going to look cluttered or over decorated.
Arrange the Furniture the Right Way
Instead of placing couches and love seats against the walls, start using them to divide the room. A lot of people who know how to decorate long living rooms will use their couch as a divider. It will immediately make a longer living room better proportioned. Plan to create two conversational areas in your long room instead of just one. If you have a fireplace or television cabinet, one of these may become the focal point of that area. Don’t limit your placement to focus on a large armoire or fireplace, however, because this might trap you into placing furniture along the walls, creating that dreaded hallway affect. Instead, try this tip: take your sofa and “float” it in the middle of the room with your love seat or additional chairs directly across from it, and place an area rug on the floor between them. A coffee table can sit on the rug in the center, with a television cabinet to the left or right of the cluster beside the seating arrangement instead of across from one sofa or the other. Using this method, a fireplace or picture window may be behind a sofa or love seat. Don’t worry about this; you actually have created a new way to utilize previously dead space in your long room. Now you will notice traffic flow is directed behind the sofa, between your focal points. You can form a smaller conversational area using a couple of chairs, or create a cozy reading nook beside the window or fireplace with one over-sized chair and table or lamp. Suddenly there is flow, inviting areas to communicate, and space to use instead of just walks through.
Choosing the Best Color
A neutral or light wall color in a long living room will make the furniture and accessories stand out, enhancing the conversation areas and creating inviting, well-lit living spaces.
Choose and Put the Perfect Accessories
Start with functional accessories, and place them to maximize both benefit and beauty. Lamps will provide task lighting, especially in the smaller conversational or reading-nook areas you have created. Small tables will anchor the floating sofas and a sofa table (a narrow, elongated table) can hide the back of your floating sofa. Adorned with plants, books and curiosities, the sofa table adds interest from a standing or seated viewpoint. Rugs like runners can guide traffic patterns through the room from doorway to seating, or to other rooms. Mirrors can reflect light and views, taking advantage of natural beauty in rooms and enhancing the existing space. Remember that accessories are functional ways to make your new living spaces work for you and your guests, while providing visual interest and that personal touch.
The best approach is utilizing all of those techniques. They will teach you how to decorate a long living room, and take advantage of all the space available.