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  • Writer's pictureTanya Louise

How To Create Sections In A Long Living Room

When I was born in the 1970s, the average living room size in the UK was 24.9 square metres. Decades later, it has reduced further to 17.1 square metres. This means many households across the United Kingdom must contend with and maximise small living rooms. However, if you are fortunate to have more space to spare in the living room, sectioning can become a hassle. Below are useful tips for creating sections and styling a bigger living room.

  1. Use visual divisions

Over the years, many UK households have learned to section their little living room. However, not all of them do it well. This usually causes a slightly cluttered space. Fortunately, a long living room can be segmented with a visual division. You can start by opting for faux ceiling beams. It is advisable to use those with bevelled edges because they fit better into the corners of your ceiling.

Even though the division is on the ceiling, it helps create a functional area within the living room. Another option to consider is the use of pillars. This can only be done if the building design already has one or more pillars in the living room. Without that, area rugs, different styles and colours of wallpapers, and even your curtains can create a visual division in an extended living room. The guiding principle is to make the dividing element visual and stylish.

  1. Anchor the room

The drawback of styling a long living room is the risk of creating unintended clutter. Interior decorators say this occurs when you use too many small decor items all over the living room. This is where anchoring comes into the picture. This involves creating more accessibility and cohesion in space using different design elements. For example, if one-half of the living area is used as a television room, a sectional sofa or a standalone bookcase will be effective for that purpose. Because anchoring works on the principle of blending small and large pieces, you will have several options to choose from.

For example, two large sofas with coffee side tables can be used to anchor the living room. Sometimes, households with pianos use that to anchor a long living room and create a smooth transition from one area to the next. Professional interior decorators say the trick to using large furniture to anchor a room is to focus on neutral shades. You can order from a sofa manufacturer or visit a showroom to find your preferred set.

  1. Use creative lighting

Lighting can make all the difference in a long living room. You may be fine during the day because natural light illuminates the space. At night, however, a long living room is bound to have some dark spots if indoor lighting is poor. This typically happens when only one central light is positioned in the middle of the ceiling. If you think too many lights in one space will increase your bill, remember that these bulbs will only be turned on occasionally when you have guests. Alternatively, you can purchase solar-powered ones.

With such limited illumination, one part of a sectioned living room may look awkward. It would be best to invest in sectional lamps to add definition to these created areas. Once again, the colour will be significant here. Using lamps with similar shades will add character to your sectioned living room. To create a more stylish living room, you can mix wall lamps with their standing counterparts.

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