How To Best Organize A Narrow Living Room

Lillian SteinBy Lillian SteinDec 4, 20170
How To Best Organize A Narrow Living Room

We’re having a really difficult time with furniture placement in our living room. Its major problem seems to be its length and relative narrowness.

We have found it extremely difficult to place the furniture without creating two “separate” spaces. The television occupies the fireplace end, and from the opposite end of the room, we like to watch the birdlife on the patio. We entertain family and friends frequently.

The carpet, curtains and floral settee/chair must remain, but the other furniture can be recovered. The carpet is a dark rose and the wallpaper throughout is dappled rose/grey. We could purchase a few new pieces if need be.

How To Ideally Organize A Narrow Living Room

How to Ideally Organize a Narrow Living Room

  • Comfort, convenience and usability are the goals here.

    You will want to arrange the living room to allow for more options than any other room in the house. It is important to put aside any pre-conceived notions of a living room’s traditional image and take a good look at the list you made out detailing how your living room is actually used.

  • Unless it is arranged to facilitate your family’s favorite pursuits, it won’t be used.

    The space is, in fact, used for two distinct functions, so the there is nothing fundamentally wrong with a “two-space” arrangement (a long, narrow room like yours lends itself perfectly to this scenario).

    In the plan we’ve drawn, each furniture grouping begins with one major piece with all other pieces grouped around them. Each group can be expanded as the situation requires.

  • Your living room’s color scheme is pretty strongly established.

    The rose-colored wall-to-wall carpeting makes a strong impact on the overall feel of the space and, coupled with the mottled wallpaper and the floral curtains, strongly contributes to the monochrome feeling in the space. The large yellow-brown brick fireplace almost takes a passive role in the room. We would guess your room needs a strong jolt of a contrasting color to wake up the sleepy warm tones you’ve established.

    An ideal companion to those rose shades is green. When recovering your seating pieces, look for tone-on-tone green fabrics stripes, checks and damask-like patterns. These new green fabrics do not have to match, in fact, the result will be far more startling if they don’t.

    We recommend taking a swatch of your existing fabrics (the floral sofa and the curtains) to a fabric store and wading through the myriad of upholstery books for a combination of colors that share the same tonality (depth of color). Look for shades that appear in the existing floral patterns.

  • Be bold!

    The temptation here is to “play it safe” with light, wispy color, but I would suggest a deeper (though not dark) shade of green. Don’t overlook the contribution that wood can make to your color scheme. Since your room is lacking in coffee and end tables, I will presume that these are on your shopping list.

    Woods cover a surprising range of color from the palest yellow to the deepest reddish- browns. Even silver grays and black are possibilities here. You will have to use your best judgment here but, as a general rule, light woods like ash, maple and birch, show better against cooler shades. Dark woods, like mahogany and cherry, work with either cool or warm colors.

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