A narrow room is one of the most challenging to decorate. With its lack of space and typically long walls, it can be a true decorating nightmare. But there are a few tricks you can use to overcome this decorating challenge. Here we’ll discuss how to decorate a narrow room and give the illusion of a wider space.
Most of us will naturally feel uncomfortable, confined, and closed-in in a room that is too narrow. Thus, the main goal is to give those that sit in this room something to focus on other than the room size. Secondly, we want to use the best paint colors, furniture, and accessories to help open up the room and make it more inviting.
Create a focal point
To decorate a narrow room, begin by creating a focal point that will give guests something to focus on when they first step in the room. A fireplace, large window, an oversized mirror, or even a large piece of artwork can create a focal point. Take whatever object you choose and decorate around it so that attention is immediately drawn in this direction. This will help the eye focus on something other than the size and dimension of the narrow room.
Play with paint
The color you choose to put on the walls can either make or make a room. A dark color will give the illusion of a smaller space, while a light one will help open it up and give the appearance of more space. Use this trick to open up a narrow room – Paint long walls with a cool color and a warm color on shorter ones. This will make the long walls recede outwards, and the short ones advance inward.
Sleek lines all around
Square furniture and accessories with sleek lines work best in narrow rooms. These objects keep the space streamlined and give the illusion of a wider space. Square tables, cube-shaped ottomans, geometric block artwork and bookcases, and other similar shaped objects will help overcome this decorating challenge.
When decorating a narrow room, less is more when it comes to furniture. Incorporate on the essentials, and keep out unnecessary items or items that are too large. If possible, bring in furnishings of a slim design to help maximize space and allow more walking room in between items.
Take advantage of lighting
Use an old decorator’s secret to balance an awkwardly shaped narrow room – Recessed lighting! Recessed lighting illuminates smaller areas at a time, thereby altering the way you, and others, see the room as a whole. Focus light on objects in the room, or key areas (such as the focal point), to draw attention away from the narrow room size.
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