Narrow living room ideas – how to make the most of a snug and awkward space

We honestly do think that small spaces can often be more fun to decorate than large. And narrow living room ideas allow us to flex our creativity and think outside the box a little on how to make these slightly awkward spaces work. Sure, these space may appear to be a bit of a mission to get right, but whether you rent a space or have inherited an awkward division of rooms, thankfully, there are so many easy ways to make these spaces work, from clever layouts and space-enhancing hacks to color schemes and furniture choices. 

In order to prove that narrow living rooms can in fact be both stylish and functional, we’ve pulled together all our favorite living room ideas, plus plenty of tips from designers on how to nail a narrow space. 

1. Cover your small space in wallpaper

pink upholstered sofa with abstract pink wallpaper

(Image credit: Future)

Tricking the eye with living room wallpaper is the most fabulous way of detracting from the size of the room, and making a narrow space feel larger.

‘Wallpaper is a really good way to add an element of texture to small and narrow spaces,’ says Ruth Mottershead, Creative Director of Little Greene. ‘Botanical prints such as ‘Beech Nut’ from the National Trust Papers II collection and other all-over patterns are particularly effective when you don’t have the space to add smaller decorative accents but want this area to give a sense of warmth and personality

2. Create Interest with texture

Blue corner sofa in a white room with wood clad walls and blue paintings

(Image credit: Lydia McKinnon)

This small rustic living room could feel quite ordinary but is injected with oodles of charm with wood-clad walls and ceilings that draw the eye around the room and adds texture and pattern to an awkward space.