Last week I met with a client who has a long, rectangular sitting room that she doesn’t know what to do with. This is not the first time that I’ve been asked to help a client with a room like this. So often these long rooms have multiple entrances, fireplaces and windows which can make furniture planning a nightmare. Throw in the need for a large TV and it can drive most people bonkers! We have recently completed a project at Cotswolds home where we designed a rectangle living room to create a comfortable and relaxing space. Make sure you have a look at our portfolio for pictures of this project for inspiration!
I have drawn up some layouts here, all for the same room which show the various ways that the space can be utilised. Scroll down to see our top tips for how to create a layout that makes the most of your space.
ZONES. Section off the space into different zones – create smaller areas perfect for little reading nooks, drinks areas or work spaces. Studio McGee’s designs show this beautifully, check out this post on creating your perfect floor plan.
SOFA TABLES. If you are going to place a sofa in the centre of the room, put a narrow console or sofa table behind it to ensure that the space behind the sofa doesn’t feel forgotten about. Pop some tall, but narrow, table lamps on here to add height to the scheme as well as some softer, lower level lighting.
SEASONAL SHUFFLE. If you don’t mind a bit of a furniture shuffle, why not have two layouts – one for summer and one for winter? Focus the furniture around the fireplace in the winter and in the summer, make sure you have easy access to the garden.
PAIRS. Don’t be afraid to have two coffee tables or footstools rather than one gigantic one, they will be more flexible as well as being in proportion with the shape of the room.
RUGS. If you have divided the space into two zones, ground each of them with a matching rug to create cohesion. We’ve written a blog post about top interior design mistakes, including how to choose the right size rug so have a read of that for our tips to make your rug work.
SMALLER PIECES. Add more smaller, interesting pieces of furniture around the room rather than just filling it with overwhelmingly large and chunky pieces.
ALTERNATIVE SEATING. A large ottoman is not only great for resting your legs on – use a couple of large trays for displaying coffee table books, objects and drinks. Alternatively, it can be a great additional perch for children when you have a house full! Image credits [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]
So there you have it! Hopefully this has helped you if you have been struggling with your rectangular sitting room layout. If you have any questions or comments, please pop them in the comments box below – I’d love to hear from you! Whilst you’re here, why not take a look through our portfolio to see more of our work? We’ve worked on some exciting projects from mid-century modern new builds in Chipping Norton to quayside apartments in Gloucestershire.