The Best Layout for a Small, Long Living Room

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The Best Layout for a Small, Long Living Room
Layout a long small living room using furniture, groupings, lighting and colour. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Producing a layout for furniture in a small long living room is a challenge. The whole atmosphere of the room can depend on the lighting, ceiling height, colour, textures, flooring and furniture arrangement. Work all of these elements together to give a comfortable, balanced feel when someone steps into the room. The room dimensions can work to your advantage if you know how to manipulate them.

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One of the best ways to get a visual feel of the room is to produce a drawing of the room and use cutouts for furniture placement. You can manipulate the furniture on the drawing until you feel comfortable with the layout. Computer programs are available also. You want furniture to complement the room, not overpower it. Don't use large overstuffed furniture in a small room. Village Home and Garden suggests creating a focal point and conversation space. Arrange a focal point around a fireplace, bay window or French doors. Conversation spaces arrange furniture so all the seating allows people to speak directly to each other rather than turning their heads or reaching for a better view.


Grouping furniture in the right area can cut down on the length of the room and create a more intimate area. Place chairs close together to avoid walking paths between them. Use armless chairs for balance. Place them across from the sofa at the beginning of the conversation area. The area will appear open and less cluttered. You can arrange more than one area in the room where guests can gather by using a doorway to divide the room. Use a grouped seating arrangement area that includes the TV and a focal area near a window for a quiet place to read.

Colour and Texture

A dark blue colour can appear rich and moody against soft lighting according to House Beautiful. A long living room focal area can enjoy a contrasting colour against the rest of the room. Match neutral colours throughout the room with more vibrant pastels or bright colours such as pink, blue and red. Choose chairs with a solid colour or pattern in stripes and plaids. Arrange accessories such as pillows, table covers and lamps for more colour and use different textures such as silk, and linen.

A small room can appear larger with light coloured walls in white and grey. Leaving the windows uncovered or with a short valance will draw the eye to them rather then the size of the room.


There are three types of lighting according to Inspirational Lighting Design.

Window light and overhead fixtures are part of general lighting that covers a large space through direct or indirect light. Accent lighting focuses on small direct spaces used for reading areas or art work. Task lighting illuminates certain activities and involves floor lamps or wall mounts. All three types of lighting can work in a long small living room, especially when the room has more than one conversation or focal point. Use dimmers, recessed, chandeliers and different size lamps to accent each area.

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