How to Decorate a Long and Narrow Room

I see more mistakes made with long and narrow rooms. Here are the top 3…

Thinking small – Using height can give the illusion that a long narrow room is wider than it appears.

Drapery and built-ins are drawing your eye up. Notice the tall floral on the table and tall lamps flanked on either side.
Better Home and Gardens


In the Dark with Color – A very narrow room painted in a darker color doesn’t work with dark furniture, using the contrast of light and dark works much better. Cooler and lighter colors can open the room. You can use dark color as an accent on shorter walls and a lighter color on the longer walls to bring in the length.

In this room using a dark tall piece of furniture at the back of the room really draws the room in.

Thom Filica


The extreme contrast of dark and light here really opens the space. The walls are dark but the ceiling and floor are light as well.

Candice Olson


The Furniture Line Up – Don’t hold your furniture hostage and line it all up against the walls. Move it in towards the center of the room when possible, so it breaks up the bowling alley look!


Thom Filica

House Beautiful

To find more about time saving strategies for decorating your home check out our Decorating Details System at

Happy Decorating!


Share It



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *