Mood Board | Design Plans for a Long Living/Dining Room

I’ve just been granted clearance to buy a fancy Chesterfield, and I want to nail down the design plans for my dining/living room quick in case the hubs changes his mind. It’s a multifunctional space, with a study area thrown in for good measure, and, as usual, I’m blending an eclectic mix of design styles.

The living/dining room is long and narrow, which makes for a bit of a design challenge, especially with so much to fit in. We need a dining area to seat 4-6, an office space, somewhere to chill, and room for the kids to play. It’s a big ask.

Floor Plan

After a lot of maneuvering, I’ve designed a layout for this long living room, creating zones for each function.

Long Narrow Living Room Design Floor Plan


Living Room Mood Board

Here’s my design plan for the living/study end.

Long Narrow Living Dining Room Design Mood Board

Painting – Alice Neave // Lamp Shade – Habitat // Lamp Base – Pier 1
Sideboard – Vintage // Basket – West Elm // Desk – Pottery Barn
Task Lamp – Loaf // Desk Chair – Herman Miller // Side Chairs – Pier 1
Blue Cushions – Ecco Trading // Weaving – Sunwoven
Grass Cloth Wallpaper – Swag Paper //
Rug – Rugs USA
Curtains – West Elm // Floor Lamp – West Elm

Side Table – West Elm // Sofa Bed – Love Your Home
Honeycomb Cushion – The Future Kept
Ikat Cushion – One Kings Lane // Gold Cushion  – Urban Outfitters

I found a 1960s vintage sideboard on eBay. It’s long and narrow, and the open space at the bottom makes it take up less visual space than a solid piece. It’s a good fit for the room.

The desk and chairs are existing, and I can’t afford to buy new everything, so I’m working with them.

I’m still on the fence with the glass cloth wallpaper. I need something to break up the long expanse of white wall in this living room, but I’m not certain that’s the answer yet. I’ll reevaluate once I’m further on with the rest of the room design.

Dining Room Mood Board

Up the dining room end, I’m keeping the design clean and simple.

Mood Board - Neutral Global Dining Room Design PlansWardrobe – Ikea // Mirror – Z Gallerie
Basket – West Elm // Table & Bench  – John Lewis // Chair – Famous Design

I found the dining table on eBay brand new. The packaging was damaged but the table itself was perfect, and half the retail price. It arrived today, and I’m hoping I can find the bench on eBay too…fingers crossed.

I love wishbone chairs, but they might be a little wide. Again, I’ll make the call on the chairs once I’ve lived with the the table a while.

And the lanterns… I need some mood lighting over the dining table, but there isn’t any, and it’s a rental. So my plan is to hang a few candle lanterns and fill them with battery-powered fairy lights. It’ll help visually define the space, and add ambience.

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Check out these posts to see how this design progressed:

The New Chesterfield Sofabed
Decked Out for Christmas
Summer Home Tour


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