• Problems and solutions
Oblong rooms:
Dealing with interior spaces is a delicate, yet amusing job. It is about studying, evaluating, creating, designing details. Yet, we face sometimes an architectural defect that renders a given space difficult to handle.
Oblong rooms are frequent examples that can become, with little tips, well designed spaces.
Our reasoning in this case should be directed to serve the following aims:
1- Correcting proportions between the length, width and height of the room.
2- Creating an optical illusion to widen the space and make it look more welcoming.
Solving the above stated problem should be accomplished through different aspects of design:
Creating more than one zone
By coming up with two separate functions in the same room, the length can be reduced. In a bedroom, we can create a sleeping zone and a seating corner or “boudoir”. In a kid’s bedroom, we can have a study zone instead. In a living room, two seating areas can do the job, or we can even have a reading area adjacent to the main seating function
Designing a visual separation
This can be done by applying a wall-cladding material such as wood or stone or a wall covering like wallpaper, on half or two thirds of the room length, depending on proportions given to the different functions.
Another way of coming up with a visual separation is through false ceiling design, where we can create an interrupted indirect light or design to make the length of the room look shorter
Thinking of the right furniture layout
By simply displaying the biggest piece of furniture (bed, big sofa, dining table, desk…) on two thirds of the longest wall, the length of the room can be visually shortened. The secondary piece of furniture comes perpendicular to it to interrupt the length.

Avoiding long carpets on the floor
By having rugs perpendicularly displayed to the long walls, the length can be visually sectioned, hence shortened
Correcting proportions through lighting
By considering different sources of light and hence fixtures in each created zone.