How to arrange a narrow family room

Whether you’re living in an upscale urban loft or cozy cottage home, the narrow living spaces that come along with certain homes can be tough to arrange and decorate without looking cluttered. Here are a few tips that will make your space look less crowded, more put-together and refreshed.

How to arrange a narrow family roomStep 1: Start with storage.

Odds are you have a few things in your living space you don’t need at your fingertips. Installing storage units (or just using storage boxes) will instantly declutter your family room, making way for bigger items such as coffee tables, couches and television stands.

Step 2: Find your focal point.

Just as with applying makeup, determining a focal point helps draw attention to the good and focus away from the bad. Draw attention to your longest wall by dressing it up with stand-out wall art. Keep couches and coffee tables toward this side of the wall, leaving ample room for smaller trinkets around the room.

Step 3: Divide the area.

You don’t need a sledgehammer to open up your room’s potential. Dividing the room can sometimes make it appear larger. Use large area rugs to break up the space and give each section a new feel. Does your child have a play space? Put down a colorful rug to designate it. If your family room is also your kitchen, give it new depth by dividing the room with shelving units or other tall pieces that draw the eye to each side, giving it the feel of two separate rooms.

Step 4: Think narrow.

A narrow living space calls for narrow furniture. No, not all of your furnishings need to be pint sized, but shop with your space in mind. Don’t go for that huge, bulky couch. Instead, choose a more demure, sleek, low-laying couch. Rather than a chunky TV stand, opt for one that’s long and close to the wall. It will free up space and give your family room a more picked-up, put-together look.

Step 5: Light just right.

Light, not surprisingly, has a strong impact on where the eye goes. To make your family room appear larger at night, don’t go for overpowering light. Rather, use dimmed spotlights and soft-light lamps to highlight spacious spots in the room. Add paper lamps to broad corners, or use an overhead light to spotlight a painting. Lighting possibilities are endless and usually quite cheap.

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