Soggiorno stretto e lungo: come arredarlo

Narrow and long living room: how to furnish it

The stay it's really the heart of every home : it is where you relax, perhaps reading or watching a film after a tiring day at work, but also where you spend quality time with your family or friends during parties, dinners, or intimate evenings. That's why, ideally, this should be the most comfortable and largest room in the house. So what to do when this is not the case and you have a living area with a particular shape and not so easy to set up and decorate?

A very widespread type of living room - and equally difficult to furnish - is that rectangular (more or less narrow): to fully enhance this type of environment, some small precautions are necessary.

Furnishing is largely an art that is based on the overall vision. But what to do if you don't think you have the eye of an interior designer? In fact, many people have no idea, when they have a narrow and long living room, how to furnish it and improvising as experts in the sector does not always guarantee good results! To do a good job you need to understand, for example, how to divide the spaces, how and whether to paint the walls, but also what type of furniture and furnishings are most suitable. The main risk, in fact, is to make the rectangular living room look like a kind of corridor.

No fear! Here you are 10 tips on how to furnish a long and narrow living room in an intelligent way And enhancing , without having to face too many sacrifices.

Narrow and long living room: how to furnish it in 10 steps

1. Divide the space and organize it into functions

If space is limited, the living room must first be designed for areas . It is recommended, for example, to provide a dining area , with table and chairs, divided from the area Relax with carpet, Sofa and television corner; if space permits, it is also possible to organize a special one “office corner” , to be used during smart working.
It is not necessary to make architectural changes to the room: the arrangement of the furniture is enough to suggest the different areas in which your stay is structured. To do this, i mobile they must be placed in different directions : placing the sofa and table in the same direction, for example, is not recommended. It is always better to alternate vertical lines with horizontal lines, to visually mark the different areas.

2. Choose the right sofa

Of extreme importance is understanding where to place the focal point of the room , where most of the furnishing objects are usually concentrated. Usually, it corresponds to the longest wall, which houses the shelves and the television cabinet. Once this element has been identified, a decision is then made where to place the sofa , which must always be in front of the focal point, never perpendicular or in an oblique position. The arrangement of the sofa in a narrow rectangular living room it is therefore central , and contributes to clearly separate the living area from the dining area .

The model The recommended sofa is the linear one , avoiding the corner type, as it requires too much space. An example is the Chesterfield model by Biesse Divani , with a rounded shape and lozenge texture, to create dynamism in an environment all about lines and angles.

But also Panama , with soft lines and available in multiple versions, also tailor-made for your living room, to best adapt to the environment in which it is placed.

3. Think about the perspective

Another element to keep in mind when deciding the arrangement of the furniture is the perspective . To do this, you need to exploit the so-called effect trompe l'oeil . In practice, it involves starting from some lateral spaces and expand the space on a visual level by acting through the furniture . For example, you can add mirrors , or just one large one, to create the optical illusion of a larger environment .

4. Few furnishings but with round lines

When choosing furniture, always opt for those with soft and round lines , to avoid the "edgy" effect. Another piece of advice is not to overcrowd the environment - already contained - with too many furnishing elements, less is more .

Is round tables , pouf , or oval coffee tables . Him too mirrors they can take up this trend, from those with a nail design, to the large wall ones with wavy lines, also excellent for frames and paintings. Even the lamps from the ground, then, you can choose with a curved stem, rather than the classic straight line. And finally also i ornaments – from vases to key rings – should have fluid contours and rounded lines.

5. Arrange the furniture in a path

The risk, when furnishing a long, rectangular living room, is that of cramming too much furniture into the same space. That's why it's important eliminate any central obstruction And Arrange the furniture within a path . This is why they go avoid corner sofas, and this is why the armchairs and most of the furnishings (vertical mirrors, table, sideboards, etc.) should be placed close to the side walls. This way, moving around the living room will be simple and hassle-free.

6. Avoid placing furniture against the walls

However, freeing up the center of the living room does not mean cramming everything onto the walls. Be careful, in fact, not to recreate the so-called “tunnel” effect , further emphasizing the length of the living room.
To solve this problem you can distance some furniture from the walls, even by a few centimeters and, above all, Don't take up every free space with pieces of furniture . Finally, play with the arrangement of the sofa, always in the center, to create some lateral passages , in order to avoid the "corridor" appearance

7. Make use of walls and vertical spaces

The walls must then be used and occupied, yes, but with common sense. This is because, if the walls are vertical to attract too much attention , the focus is moved from the room as a whole.

So here they can be hung paintings, frames and shelves to develop the space vertically and visually expand the room upwards, with the advantage of not having to pile objects on the furniture positioned lower down. The shelves, however, must not be excessively long (again so as not to overly insist on the verticality of the space) and arranged in a staggered manner and at different heights, to create dynamism.

8. Yes to light colors

Once you have selected all the furniture and understood how to arrange it, you need to take care of the walls. In this case, it is recommended to use light colors : shades of white, such as cream, for example, they open up the space a lot , and make it large and bright. No, however, to dark tones, which instead make the environment smaller. The same goes for the floor , which must be chosen in light wood tones , to increase the brightness of the room.

This does not prevent you from adding touches of color, which give depth, but they must however be inserted alongside the central wall, or in furnishing objects, such as cushions and paintings. In addition to white, yes also to beige and pastel tones , such as sage green or dove grey. Also furniture should be chosen in white , or white light wood . Finally, emphasize the brightness of the room with lighting: darkness and shadow must be absolutely banned. If the living room has large windows or glass doors, don't weigh them down with thick curtains. Also add a little light points – from the reading lamp to wall spotlights – in strategic points.

9. In summary: opt for the Scandinavian style

Lots of lights, light colors and lots of furniture are the characteristic ingredients of the Scandinavian style. Hence the Nordic aesthetic it fits perfectly with the needs of a rectangular-shaped living room. If you want to know how to furnish a long, narrow living room, be inspired by the design of Northern European furnishings: minimalism and white at will they will make even the room welcoming that at first sight might make you despair.

10. Remember to maintain proportions

Always keep in mind to start from actual dimensions of your living room to organize all the furniture: if the room is long but still wide , choose some furniture with personality and not very small in size, especially the sofa. If you live in a two-room apartment or even a studio apartment, opt for minimal furnishings and small in size.
That's why i modular sofas they are ideal, because they are extremely adaptable to the environment and versatile. Finally, yes also to armchairs and poufs , which can be moved easily, and green light too carpets , which however must be of an adequate size: excessively large risk "eating up" the space, too small end up resembling the entrance or bathroom carpet. Once you have chosen the sofa, therefore, consider that the carpet should take up almost all of its space and an extra piece.

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