Recently I got a wonderful opportunity from a good friend to offer my advice on her and her partner’s historic townhouse renovation project. Homes like hers were built back in the 1800s, so the folks of yesteryear didn’t necessarily have all of the modern day amenities that people of the 21st century have grown accustomed. For instance, long narrow hallways, closed off spaces, and close living quarters were a normal thing so open floor plans, laundry rooms, and walk-in showers were definitely NOT a thing back then. You know what was a thing? Tiny, narrow formal living rooms which now pose a perplexing design dilemma for a young couple with dogs, a television, and a bunch of fun-loving friends.
When it comes to these townhouse living rooms that are narrow and short on square footage, it helps to keep scale in mind when picking out furniture. For instance, most people would assume that if you have a small space then you need super tiny furniture. WRONG-O! In fact, one or two pieces could absolutely be full-size, but it’s a balancing act that requires careful planning before someone goes out and buys a massive sectional that would quite literally look like the elephant in the room. I think that two full size chairs and a smaller (possibly antique) sofa or settee would look amazing without overcrowding the space.
Furthermore, these historic townhouses tend to have taller ceilings which means fun things like ornate crown moulding, ceiling medallions, and long windows are a designer’s best friend. Drawing the eyes up instead of focusing on the smaller square footage is ideal. Incorporating long window panels can bring the drama while eye-catching light fixtures make a statement that can’t possibly go unnoticed. This space will surely be a fun design opportunity and I can’t wait to see the final product!
Images via Pinterest