Designing a long living room is of the utmost importance since it is often the main living area.
Some living rooms, those in length, present constraints to consider for their layout.
I'll guide you through these 9 tips for minimum space and maximum functionality!
01 | DELIMIT THE ZONES FOR A LONG LIVING ROOM LAYOUT!
The beauty of having a large room is that you can easily change up the function of the space to better suit your needs at any given time. For example, if you need an extra dining area, office space, or relaxation/TV area, all you have to do is set up the appropriate furniture and items in that section of the room and you're good to go! Just be sure to label the different areas so everyone in your household knows where each space is meant for.
To keep the flow and light in your living room, it's best to use decorative elements to delineate separate areas.
A different wall color or carpet can help mark spaces without making the room feel smaller. A light-colored rug will make the room feel more spacious, while a dark rug can give it more definition and shape.
When choosing a rug, be sure to pick one that's proportional to the size of the room.
02 | PAINT PART OF THE WALLS TO BREAK THE CORRIDOR EFFECT
Although it is typically advised to use light colors in order to visually enlarge a narrow space, it is possible to add color to one of the walls in the living room to enliven the space.
This will break up the total look that tends to suffocate the already narrow room.
In fact, a wall of a sharper color (dark or not) can give rhythm to the room and define the space.
If you want a more original decoration on one of your walls, opt for wallpaper in your choice of design.
You can also arrange a living room all in length, by placing a wall of frames above the sofa or a corner library.
03 | CHOOSE A SHALLOW SOFA IN A LONG LIVING ROOM
The sofa is the centerpiece of the living room, so it must be chosen with care.
To preserve circulation space, it is best to avoid convertible sofas, which are very deep. You should leave about 40 cm of space between the sofa and the coffee table.
To arrange a living room in length, skip the corner sofas; they are very bulky and make the room seem smaller.
Next, follow these steps:
- Evaluate the dimensions of the room, in order to determine that of the sofa
- Know that the average depth of a sofa 2 or 3 seats varies between 90 cm and 1 m
- You have to establish the number of seats according to your needs.
Obviously, the longer the room, the more you can play with the perspective and choose a long sofa and multiply the seats!
04 | GIVE PREFERENCE TO WOODEN FLOORS TO GIVE THE IMPRESSION OF GRANDEUR
In order to visually enlarge the room, it is advisable to :
- choose a uniform covering such as waxed concrete
- or parquet flooring, with fairly wide strips
Rather than tiles with short slabs or a coating with small patterns.
For parquet, the standard is that the direction of installation is consistent with the direction of windows or windows.
However, it is also necessary to take into account the desired effect: to lengthen or widen the room.
In a long living room, it is preferable to widen the room.
It is therefore necessary to lay the floorboards in the direction of the width.
05 | CHOOSE A LIGHT COLOR ON THE WALLS
To air the space and give an impression of volume, it is preferable to choose light colored walls.
The most common color ranges are :
because they are easy to combine with various materials, furniture and decorative objects.
This year, powder pink and water green tones are trending and they fit perfectly in a small room. Light-colored furniture will help to make the room appear bigger and brighter, especially if the furniture is made of lacquered materials that reflect light.
06 | DECORATE YOUR LIVING ROOM WITH MIRRORS TO GIVE DEPTH
To break the length and give depth to the room, nothing better than mirrors.
The larger the mirror, the more light it will diffuse.
The ideal place is along the length, above the sofa.
To give your living room a chic yet vintage effect, accumulate several mirrors of different shapes and styles.
To soften the geometry of a long living room, round mirrors will bring softness.
They will attract the eye and make you forget the lack of width in the room!
07 | VARY THE SHAPES TO BREAK THE MONOTONY OF A LONG LAYOUT
Create a more interesting space by choosing furniture pieces of different shapes. Wall shelves come in a variety of shapes, like rectangles, triangles, and circles. For coffee tables, you could choose an oval or round table instead of a rectangle. And when it comes to seating, try using poufs, armchairs, and other seats around the sofa instead of lining them up against the wall. This will help break the strict side of most living rooms. Plus, it'll make your room look less like a prison cell!
08 | INCREASE THE FEELING OF HEIGHT WITH LOW FURNITURE
To avoid suffocating the room, you can choose low furniture, inspired by the oriental tradition.
This type of furniture favors the circulation of space and gives a more consistent effect to the volume of the room.
And this, plays all the more if the walls are of clear color.
For the TV furniture or buffet, choose them shallow as the sofa.
Place your storage furniture on a single wall, so as not to reduce the circulation space.
09 | NESTING TABLES FOR EASY MOVEMENT IN A LONG LIVING ROOM
Like large coffee tables occupying a lot of space, nesting tables remain the best alternative to move around in a long living room.
They can be moved easily, according to the needs and space required.
One, two or three tables will be both functional and decorative objects.
You can place them separately, on each side of the sofa, as a sofa end, pedestal table or small side table, hosting in turn, plants or magazines!
You are now armed to arrange your living room in length and make the most of it!
Nevertheless, you have experienced a particular arrangement in your long living room?
And, it is not in this list?
Then tell me in the comments!