How to make a long living room visually more proportional
If your living room is long and narrow, and there is no opportunity to make redevelopment, you should not despair. There are a number of design manipulations, which together can make the room more visually proportionate and ergonomic in terms of comfort. We recommend to adopt some of the following.
Living room zoning
It is very convenient to divide the long living room into two zones, say, the reception area (TV area) and the dining area. If the dining room is already provided in the kitchen or a separate room, you can organize a home office or a reading corner in the living room. Moreover, zoning itself can be done in a variety of ways. The simplest is through furniture (to put a sofa perpendicular to a long wall, separating the reception area, for example). You can also use partitions (mobile, plasterboard, etc.) or curtains. Another option is to “raise” one of the zones on a low podium.
Competent furniture arrangement
Designer interiors are much different from amateur due to the placement of furniture. In our latitudes, especially like to tie everything to the walls. But in a rectangular living room, the furniture arranged around the perimeter will only emphasize the room dimensions that are uncomfortable to the eye. The free arrangement allows you to profitably zone the space and divert attention from the walls. For example, a sofa can be placed parallel to a short wall, but not close to it, but leave space behind the backboard, which visually “shortens” the long room and leaves space for other maneuvers, for example, the installation of a rack.
Visually bring the far, short wall closer by highlighting it with a darker shade. Accent wall is a very fashionable device, which in this case will also play into the hands.
If the option with an accent wall is not for you, we recommend that you create a spectacular point of focus that will attract attention and help to correct the perception of space. In this case, it is good to use wallpaper or wallpaper with an expressive, large pattern. They need to be glued on one of the long walls, but the trick is not to reach the very corners. Thus, you can decorate the wall behind the sofa, if it traditionally stands against the wall.
As always, mirrors are very helpful in matters of visual adjustment of space. The narrow living room will appear more spacious and wider if there is a mirror panel on one of the long walls. Or, as an option, you can use a large floor mirror – it looks very stylish and expensive!
To make a short wall with a window visually longer, and the room is more spacious, experts advise using light, translucent tulle or light curtains to match the walls. Moreover, the textile should cover the entire wall, and not just the window opening. It is advisable not to hang dark curtains – if you want to let the room in the daylight, the canvases will gather in dark lines on both sides of the window, visually cutting back the length of the already short wall.