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9 long living room ideas

It's rare that any room has the perfect dimensions for your needs or style preferences. But some, such as long rooms are notoriously difficult to design, especially when it's your living room. Long rooms can make furniture placement difficult, and it can be harder to achieve that cosy, comfy feel. However, there are ways to make your space work for you. To get started, we've put together 9 long living room ideas to help you make the most of your lounge.
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It's rare that any room has the perfect dimensions for your needs or style preferences. But some, such as long rooms are notoriously difficult to design, especially when it's your living room. Long rooms can make furniture placement difficult, and it can be harder to achieve that cosy, comfy feeling. However, there are ways to make your space work for you. To get you started, we've put together 9 long living room ideas to help you make the most of your lounge.

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1. Divide your space

This is the most obvious of our living room ideas, but the most effective. While long living rooms can feel impractical, they do offer a great opportunity to divide your space into separate areas. Creating different living areas in your lounge will help to widen your room visually, as well as creating a feeling of ‘flow’. You could try creating a sofa section in one area of the room, placing your sofas perpendicular to your walls and adding a coffee table to complete the look. If you have the enough room, try placing a tall and narrow console table behind your dividing sofa, this will really emphasise that this is a separate area of the room. On the other side, you could add a dining table if you don’t have a dining space elsewhere in your home. Alternatively, a small armchair and bookcase creates a beautiful reading nook away from the television.

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2. Create a walkway

Walkways are essential for creating a practical and comfortable living room. After all, you don’t want to be bumping into furniture every time you enter the room! Because of their shape, long living rooms often have a straight walkway from one side or end of the room to the other, drawing the eye inwards and making the room feel smaller than it really is. Instead, try to create an ‘S’ shaped walkway, placing your different living areas diagonally at opposite sides of the room. If this isn’t possible, another long living room idea is to have your walkway to one side instead of in the middle. This creates a cosier feel and prevents your living room from feeling like a bowling alley.

3. Use the middle of your living room

Another long living room idea is to place your dominant furniture centrally, this is ideal for rooms where it's not possible to create different sections. For example, place your sofas, coffee table and television in the middle of the space. Then on the shorter walls, introduce tall bookshelves or display cases to draw focus to the central area. This room layout draws the eye to the centre of the room, making it feel squarer than it really is.

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4. Create height

Long rooms can feel closed in and this can make the space seem smaller. To combat this, try to create as much height as possible in your living room. Hang your curtains at ceiling height rather than at window height, this creates the illusion that your ceilings are much taller than they are. Another clever long living room idea is to use tall furniture. Invest in floor-to-ceiling bookcases, tall display cases or lofty floor lamps to create a sense of height and space in your lounge.

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5. Use colour to create space

Colour is another great tool for decorating your long living room. It can be tempting to use white or pale neutrals to create a feeling of more space – however, while it is certainly true that these shades help smaller areas feel larger, it’s actually better to make use of colour in long spaces. On the longer walls, use neutral or pale hues, then on the shorter walls, choose a slightly darker colour or statement shade. This technique with colour will help your space to feel squarer and more in proportion.

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6. Create space with light

An effective long living room idea is being clever with lighting. Make the most of the natural light you have, avoid using blinds or heavy curtains that could prevent or reduce the natural light you have available. The key is to get as much light as possible into your space. Place a mirror opposite a window and you'll make a long and narrow room feel wider in an instant. Floor lamps work particularly well, particularly when placed in the corners of your room. Try to include plenty of other lamps too, as well as overhead lighting.

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7. Choose the right sofa

Your sofa or sofas will also impact the overall look and feel of your living room. Keep your pieces as much in proportion to your room size and shape as possible and avoid choosing items that are overlarge or too small for the space you have available. When thinking about long living room ideas, consider choosing a corner sofa. These work particularly well in rooms of this shape and will help to create a natural divide in your lounge. If you’re really limited on space, there are other options. For example, instead of a traditional 3-seater sofa, you could choose a 2-seater sofa or a couple of cuddle chairs.

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8. Break up lines and shapes

By definition, long living rooms tend to be angular. Too many rectangle shapes can make your room feel smaller or out of proportion. Break up angular lines with a variety of contrasting shapes, try adding in a round coffee table or side table. If you intend to have a dining area in your living room, think about choosing a round dining table rather than those with a square or rectangle shape.

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9. Utilise storage

When putting together your long living room ideas, storage should be at the forefront of your mind. The key to creating a cosy, welcoming and spacious lounge in rooms of this shape is to ensure that everything has its place. Clutter and everyday knick-knacks will make your room feel overcrowded and small, so it will be important to include plenty of functional storage options.

Choose a television stand that has drawers. These are perfect for storing remotes, magazines, game controllers and other items you wouldn’t necessarily want on show. Similarly, a coffee table with storage options is another great way of including dual-purpose furniture in your space. Think about incorporating a storage ottoman or footstool too, these are perfect for extra seating and can store toys, blankets or other items easily.

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We hope you've enjoyed our long living room ideas. With the right placement of your furniture and a few tricks with lighting, paint and mirrors you can create a room that feels less hall-like and more cosy and comfortable.

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