1) Create sections by adding fabric between two parts of the room, see photo below.
|The drapes hung between two seating areas help create two sitting areas in this large room|
- Make sure your sofa isn't too long, as you'll need to allow at least 34" (preferably more) for the walkway.
- If the room is so narrow that this can't be done, you could always resort to chairs instead of sofas.
- If you only have a walk way on one side or the other, the room probably will feel imbalanced - don't give up! Just place a large painting on the opposite wall to balance the room.
3) Create "groupings" so you'll have intimate conversation areas like the photo below.
|Two or three different groupings of furniture are often needed in a large room|
The "curve" shape of the chair softens the room
If a budget is key, (causing you to have to do without certain items), drapes are more important than wooden shutters. See the before photo below --- notice that shutters or window blinds do not make the window feel wider. If you need light filtering, today's linen sheers can be a nice layered touch.
AFTER above, BEFORE below
This Greensboro, NC room had a long narrow room
with a 'bowling alley' feeling. Drapes hung on the outside of the
window frame made the windows feel wider.