Do you have a narrow living room? Then welcome to our  narrow living room layout guide where we will run through our 9 top tips to make the most of this sometimes awkward space.

A narrow living room is very common in Victorian terraced houses, town houses and in some modern/new-build flats. Choosing a layout for a long narrow room can be tricky. It’s not easy to create an inviting, stylish space rather than something that resembles a claustrophobic glorified hallway.

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our 9 interior design tips for decorating a narrow living space in your home and if our tips inspire you download our free app to start laying out your perfect living room for FREE!


1. Make sure there’s enough space to walk through the room – Allow for 3 feet (90cm) of walking space to avoid the room feeling cramped. But try alternating the placement of furniture items to create an s-shaped path to avoid the room feeling too much like a walkway.

2. Create separate zones – avoid having a narrow, awkward living space by visually separating spaces. Separate the space using a rug and art in each area. The second space could become a separate living area, study, dining area or even children’s play area.


3. Use shelving units to physically separate these spaces – if you’re looking to create more literal separations, a low shelving unit or sideboard can work wonders, working almost as a half-wall.

4. Use circular and oval shapes to counteract straight lines -choose round coffee tables, side tables, rugs and lighting to counteract straight lines.



5. Draw the eye upwards – use tall pieces such as armoires and bookcases to trick the eye. Creating art arrangements which reach the ceiling or hanging drapes from the ceiling to the floor will also create the illusion of height.


6. Create a focus at the end of the room – placing a pair of armchairs or a piece of large-scale statement art at the end of the room will fill the space and shorten the aspect of the space. This is also a great place to add a floorlamp, as it will even out the light sources and make the room feel brighter.


7. Lay flooring across the room – laying wooden floorboards across the space will make it appear wider. This also works with horizontally striped rugs.

8. Shelving – putting in built-in shelving or a stand-alone shelving unit on one of the short walls can help to make the room seem shorter.

9. Mirror, mirror – Placing large mirrors on the walls closest to your source of natural light will reflect it, making the room seem brighter.

The living room is the heart of any home. It’s the room we spend the most amount of time in. A place for the family to come together, a place to entertain and (fittingly) a place to live. If you’re redesigning your living room –  but don’t even know where to start – download the Decology app to start re-designing your home (for free).

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