How to furnish and love a long narrow living room in 5 easy steps

So, you have a long narrow living or family room, and perhaps you are a little puzzled on how to go about using it to it’s full potential or at least making it appear less long and narrow.   These quick tips will help you achieve this.

1.  First off, do not make the shorts walls a featured area. That is, don’t paint it a different colour than the other walls or put wallpaper on just this one wall. That will draw your eye right to the other end of the room and emphasize it’s narrowness.  So, no accent walls of paint or wallpaper, and if possible, do not put the television or fireplace there.

2.  Do try and place the television/fireplace or other focal pieces, on one of the long walls, so that your focus is redirected there.

3. Place furniture away from the short walls wherever possible, so that they are drawn more into the center of the room.  Creating two seating areas works well in this kind of room and enables it to be used to it’s full potential.

4. Built ins or shelving units are your friend and can be used on the short walls to create some additional storage and they will inevitably cause the room to be shortened in length. Especially if one of the longer walls has a focal point, as in the image below, the window wall will draw your attention before the shelving unit does.

5. Don’t be afraid of larger pieces of furniture, like sectionals. They take up less space than a sofa and love seat and give you just as much seating, if not more, and allow you to stretch out to watch your favourite shows….hello, Netflix.

Recently, I did up a floor plan for a client with just this dilemma and here’s the two options I gave her.  *There is an interesting closet like space at the end of the room that we needed to work with, you know….. old homes and all their character.  This space was particularly challenging as it had two entrances and two windows so they had to be accommodated and the natural walk or flow needed to be addressed. Also, keep in mind drawings are for design layout purposes only and not necessarily suggestions for colour or specific pieces.
Option 1 – 
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The end of the room closet area was brought forward by using a console with a piece of art above and two matching chairs in front as the secondary seating area.  The remainder of the room is focused on the television set in the middle of one of the long walls with a sectional facing it.
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Option 2 – 
The left side of the room remains the same, with the right side accommodating a built in bookcases and storage.
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So what’s your favourite Option?
Lisa

Modern and colourful space

I’ve been helping a client with furnishing and finishing her home, for the past few months.  We started with her main floor, which includes a living/family room, dining area and kitchen as one large open space.  She is a chic and modern lady with a hint of tradition and we are doing her home in the same fashion.

Leading the design is her beautiful and colourful collection of modern Indian artwork.  The vibrant, blues, greens, purples, yellows and reds will be the focus of the space so the rest of the furnishings will be calmer and more neutral. Accessories will be the final touch to marry everything with the vibrant colours of the artwork.

So far, we’ve chosen this beautiful sofa, shown here in leather but we had it done in a beautiful soft charcoal gray wool.  It’s gorgeous and all that tufting is STUNNING!

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Together with this sofa, will be two of these curvy leather chairs in a metallic taupe that I am swooning over.

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We’ve also chosen this large modern dining table. It has a wood grain veneer that has a high sheen and in a charcoal gray it is pure glam.

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So up next is wallpaper for the TV/console wall.  My client requested one that had an india feel and this one is on the short list. Hard to see in the photo but it has a wonderful metallic sheen that ties into the dining table and the leather finish on the chairs.

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Next up, we will be choosing a entertainment console and dining chairs.  These chairs are being considered as the yellow/green will contrast nicely with the dining table and will pick up on the artwork.

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So fun to work with a client who loves colour!

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Dining Room & Living Room Staging

Living Room After Staging

Living Room After Staging

Dining Room After Staging

Dining Room After Staging

 

 

 

 

 

 

These rooms were de-cluttered.  Mirrors and decorative accessories were then added to highlight the lovely details of this home.  This home was sold within one week after being listed for sale.

Waiting and some fabric

So, lucky me has been waiting rather impatiently for our new sofa to arrive via Whittington Furniture.  Once it does I’ll be sure to post pictures of it.

In the meantime, I was reading through House Beautiful’s Dec/Jan 2013 issue and had a little thrill when I realized that the fabric I specified for the throw cushions was shown in one of their features.

Seaglass fabric by Duralee

Design by Kevin Isbell via House Beautiful – Dec/Jan 2013 – click on photo to go to original source
How cool is that?  I love seeing items I have chosen in print.

 

A little teaser

Hope you all had a great Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend!  US visitors your time is coming…. 😉

I wanted to share some beautiful custom built in bookcases that were just completed by a most wonderful carpenter, for one of my clients.
Aren’t they just so beautiful!

This is how the room started…

Quite the improvement isn’t it?

Now we have to get on with the finishing touches!

Have you started following The TBBs yet?  If not, what are you waiting for?