We all wish we had perfectly shaped living rooms. Heck we all wish we had perfectly shaped everything. however often they are unique in size in addition to also shape however they might need some finessing. Meet the narrow living room – America’s most pervasive living room problem. Our Design Agony client, Hilary wrote to us asking for help with her narrow living room in addition to also here’s how we solved This particular:
I’m struggling with the design of my living room, which is actually very narrow (like, 8.5′ wide by the wall to the fireplace surround). This particular serves as a main traffic thoroughfare through our house, in addition to also This particular’s tricky to make a cozy, welcoming design which you can also walk through.
We’re truly fortunate to have inherited a pretty amazing vintage modern furniture collection in addition to also some of those pieces are currently in which room – however I don’t know if they truly work in there. We’d love to use as much existing furniture as we can, however could be open to purchasing a brand new couch. I’d also love to tweak the colour scheme to include more blue in addition to also/or bright pink, so I’m open to purchasing all brand new accessories, including drapery in addition to also rugs.
In addition to which, her husband was also interested in adding a sectional to the room, so they wanted to see a couple of design options of where which could go within the space.
You can see by the photos above, which the room is actually VERY long in addition to also narrow with quite a few doorways in addition to also openings, which meant we had to carefully consider the furniture placement within the room. Although the fireplace is actually centered within the room, this particular is actually not quite centered on the back wall. With the fireplace slightly off center this particular created a little nook for a credenza, however this particular meant which if you want to have different furniture in there, you can’t truly position the sofa directly opposite the fireplace.
This particular is actually definitely not a design catastrophe or the end of the design world as we know this particular, however some people like symmetry in their space. With all of which in mind, Ali came up with several different layouts in addition to also we whittled them down to 6 different options – 2 of them including a sectional which we sent off to Hilary with our input below.
design OPTION 1
We don’t feel the womb chair is actually working where you currently have This particular. In This particular design, we suggest moving This particular into the corner in addition to also then placing either a smaller chair or one of the Wassily chairs in its place. Because of the tubular frame of the Wassily chair, the chair feels low in addition to also light in addition to also could be better suited on This particular side of the room. We also like the oval shape of the coffee table in addition to also feel This particular design is actually a Great fit for narrow spaces. However, we did suggest one which is actually a bit larger in a tulip Saarinen style (see furniture options). Because of the size of your living room, you will most likely have to go with an 8′ x 10’ rug, unless you did something custom, which could be the best option for the space.
design OPTION 2
Another idea if you want to keep your existing sofa in addition to also chairs, is actually to flank the sofa with the two Wassily chairs. Again, because these chairs feel lighter, they could help stop the space by feeling overcrowded. We don’t feel the pendant light within the corner is actually working in addition to also feel This particular could be better suited as a light fixture in a dining area. To fill the corner, we could replace the pendant light with either a plant or an arc style lamp as shown on the furniture options.
design OPTION 3
If you did want to invest in some brand new pieces of furniture, we could suggest purchasing two smaller arm chairs in addition to also placing them against the window wall having a modest accent table in between (possibly in a nice brass colour). You could then place another chair opposite these chairs in addition to also leave the sofa as is actually.
design OPTION 4
Another piece of furniture to invest in could be a loveseat. The dimensions against the window wall are perfect for a smaller sized loveseat. We even like the idea of doing something in a lighter leather to help bring some warmth into the space. This particular option could also help to provide more seating within the space. To fill within the corner, we could again suggest an arc style lamp.
design OPTION 5
We know you have considered a sectional within the space so for the last two options we are suggesting two different style sectionals. The first option could keep things a little more open by the living to the dining area. With This particular design, we could suggest putting either the Womb chair or maybe even the chaise lounger within the corner by the windows.
design OPTION 6
The last option could have a sectional within the corner. You could have to make sure the dimensions were the right fit. We could suggest one which has the shorter side up against the window wall, in addition to also the longer part of the sectional against the long wall opposite the fireplace. You could then do one larger chair, or two smaller chairs opposite the sectional.
1. Dunham Down-Filled 3 Piece Sectional | 2. Hamilton 2 Piece Upholstered Chaise Sectional
Love Seat Options
1. Hamilton Leather Loveseat | 2. Retro Wing Settee | 3. Everett Upholstered Loveseat
different Sources: Lippa Oval Coffee Table | Paul McCobb Brass Side Table | Lippa Wood Side Table | Mid-Century Upholstered Chair in Salt + Pepper | Granby Drum Accent Table
Existing Items: Wassily Chair | Bantam Sofa |
Corner Options: Overarching Acrylic Shade Floor Lamp | Womb Chair in addition to also Ottoman | Beachcomber Large Basket
Along with the design, we gave Hilary some options of additional furniture pieces which could work with her existing furniture. which way she could pick in addition to also choose in addition to also add pieces as in addition to also when she wanted.
In no time at all Hilary got to work on moving around the furniture pieces in addition to also sent us a very sweet note back.
Wow – this particular is actually so much more than I was expecting! Thank you! I’ve already tried one of the design options (#1) in addition to also this particular feels much better than how I had this particular. I may explore buying a few brand new pieces to try one of the different layouts. right now I just need someone to style in addition to also professionally photograph this particular so you could use this particular as Website content, LOL!
Thank you again – I’m truly happy with the final product.
She also sent us a few progress shots.
Here are a few “semi-after” photos, in case you end up blogging about the project in addition to also want to use them. I still want a brand new, lighter colored rug in addition to also a brand new coffee table. However this particular is actually the progress – in addition to also This particular’s already made a huge difference! My four year old in addition to also I right now compete on a daily basis for the womb chair spot…
Just by moving the womb chair in addition to also ottoman to the corner, the area feels like a cute in addition to also intentional reading nook. The womb chair was starting to create a heavy divide between the living room in addition to also dining area. Unless you have a larger space where the chair in addition to also ottoman can float happily by themselves, or having a side table by their side, they truly are best suited to a corner area like This particular.
Keeping the credenza/console just to the left of the fireplace like you see in these photos is actually the best solution because you can’t truly add a chair here, you could do a modest bench there instead however then this particular area could be overcrowded with just seating alone.
Hilary is actually still looking to swap out the coffee table in addition to also rug, in addition to also we do feel which an oval shaped coffee table could be great for in here. This particular’s organic, long in addition to also allows for easy flow. The Saarinen could be an ideal choice because its pedestal could give this particular some grounding without feeling overly heavy. Whilst writing this particular in addition to also looking at the pics again, we could suggest swapping out either the mirror or the piece of art over the fireplace to a circular mirror. There is actually some extra advice for you Hilary 🙂 An option could be to simply swap out the mirrors or move the art over the console in addition to also then put the mirror above the fireplace. This particular will just break up some of which boxiness on the back wall.
We’re excited to see where Hilary takes the room next in addition to also what pieces she’ll bring into the space, however so far this particular is actually looking great in these progress shots – a big thanks to her for sending the pics. This particular is actually always so much fun for us to see what you guys do after we send through proposed plans.
Client Testimonial: Overall, the service was so much more than I was expecting. I was expecting one design option, in addition to also the designers provided me with SIX! I also loved which the designers happily worked within my tough parameters – weird room design using mostly existing furniture. I could definitely recommend the service to anyone!
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***Design boards by Ali Henrie for EHD with design direction by Ginny Macdonald, overseen by Emily Henderson. Post written by Ginny (having a few additions by EH).