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Struggling with Furniture Placement Issues
A recent request for help came from Jenny H. who has a very long narrow living room. She wrote: “My living room is 12′ wide by 24′ long and has 2 doorways on one wall with windows on the opposite long wall. I have one uninterrupted wall and a small window on the opposite short wall. My sofa is currently on the uninterrupted wall and I can’t figure out how to float it in the room without blocking entrances. Any tips for furniture placement or color would be appreciated.”
The doorways are on the wall between the sofa and chair, opposite the 2 windows. She has since repainted the room a lime green then again to a warm golden color.
Jenny, it seems the golden color would be a good fit to work with the dark furniture as well as pick up the golden tones in your flooring. There are a couple of ways you can “square up” the room and reduce the bowling alley feel. Since your furniture is a little overscaled, it doesn’t seem like you have room to use the diagonal, to move the sofa away from the wall, put something behind it like a sofa table or bookcases. That will push it away from the wall and shrink the length of the room. Leave 12-18″ between the sofa and bookcases so that would move the back of the sofa 2-3′ into the room.
Another way to reduce the bowling alley feeling would be to get a square or round area rug to help define the seating area. Don’t get a stripe pattern (unless it goes crosswise to the room, not lengthwise). Paint the wall behind the TV a shade darker than the other walls to visually bring it “into” the room, feeling closer to the seating area. With all your openings in the walls, it’s difficult to add another chair and I’d be cautious about adding a large ottoman which would fill up all the center space. Is there room for a console table along one of the wall segments? They are generally 4-5′ long and you could slide a couple of smaller ottomans under the table and bring them out when needed. Plus a console or chest would help break up all the tall doorways by introducing a variance in height.
How would you suggest Jenny solve her dilemma? Do you have a way that you’ve handled a long narrow room that you feel has worked successfully? Here’s the place to share your design tips so Jenny can maximize her space. Also, do you have any suggestions on color combinations or ways for her to use color to enjoy her space more? Jenny obviously isn’t afraid to try new paint colors – what would you suggest in this room?
We look forward to hearing your suggestions – and I’m sure Jenny appreciates any time and ideas you want to share!