Decorating a space with long, narrow shapes is a challenge for any interior designer or homeowner. However, there are a few tricks that can be used to make this space not just look like a long hallway. Some of these tricks are more like clever illusions to try to open up the space and not feel like you are in a bowling alley.
It is very likely that some interior designers who have had to deal with decorating narrow, elongated spaces have been tempted to push furniture against the walls with the intention of getting more space. However, this will only accentuate the shape of the room, making it look even longer and narrower.
For this reason, in today’s post, we want to offer you some ideas for handling this type of space.
Decorating Ideas for Rectangular Shaped Spaces
Move the Furniture away from the Walls
Furniture placed against the wall in a narrow area accentuates the length of the space. Instead, it is better to move the furniture away from the walls and distribute the seats in the center of the room.
The result of this distribution will be a comfortable sitting area with two narrow aisles on each side of the room.
Buying custom furniture is an ideal solution for this type of narrow, elongated room. Opting for this type of furniture means being able to perfectly fit each piece into any space, so that distribution doesn’t end up being a problem.
Use Circular Pieces
Eliminate long horizontal lines with furniture that has smooth, rounded edges. There are several simple ways to break up the abundance of those straight horizontal lines.
Use a circular coffee table in the center of the seating area. Similarly, small round side tables can be placed next to the chairs and sofa.
Rounded mirrors or pictures on the walls make the eye focus not only on the straight lines.
In addition to using round furniture, consider lining it with circular patterns as well. Another good option to blur the straight lines in the room is to use round rugs that draw the eye.
Create an L-Shaped or U-Shaped Sitting Area
Place a sofa against the wall and put a sofa or several chairs perpendicular to the sofa to break the length of the room. Add another sofa, bag chair or set of chairs on the other side of the sofa to create a U-shaped seating area. This can be another way to create a path along the long wall opposite the room.
Divide the Space
If the room is particularly long, divide it into two distinct areas. Think of two different living areas. A sitting area and a small office or dining area are another option for making the most of the space. Use rugs to define each area and help both spaces look organized and uncluttered by placing all the legs of each piece of furniture on the rugs.
Another option is to create two zones in a long, narrow room by placing one piece of furniture. Place a sofa perpendicular to the room and place a console table or small piece of furniture against its back.
You can use the table placed behind the sofa as a desk to create a small home office space.
Maximize Vertical Space
A widely used trick for decorating long, narrow rooms is to highlight and make the most of vertical space.
A tall cabinet or bookshelf allows for a much more even distribution of lines. Floor-to-ceiling hanging curtains, preferably with vertical stripes, are a great way to create the illusion of height.
There you go! With these tips, you can be sure to be able to perfectly decorate spaces with rectangular and narrow shapes. Do you have any other tips? Don’t forget to share them in the comments below.