How to Decorate a Room With Lots of Doorways

A room with many doorways is common in older homes where large rooms may be centrally located among many bedrooms and living spaces. Placing bulky furnishings between doorways is a common mistake that spreads your conversation and social areas too far throughout the room. Although it may seem your only option is to close off a few doors and place furniture against the walls, when you bring the focus away from the walls and into the cozy center of the room you avoid a cluttered look and create a more open and comfortable space for your friends and family.

A room with several doorways can challenge any home decorator.

Step 1

Paint the walls a neutral earth tone color and the doorways and doors a creamy white to visually open the space and make the room appear light and bright. 

Step 2

Create a sitting area in the center of the room by placing a large area [rug](https://society6com/rugs?utm_source=SFGHG&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=8775) to define the new sitting space. 

Step 3

Choose a focal point in the room, such as a nice window, a fireplace or where you plan on placing the television. 

Step 4

Place a medium sized sofa in the space, allowing for ample space to walk around the sofa to exit or enter the room.  The sofa should face the focal point.

Step 5

Situate a narrow table or bookshelf unit behind the sofa to hide the back of the sofa and to further define the space. 

Step 6

Accent the space between two doors with a built-in bookshelf unit.  Paint it white to match the wood trim in a small room to help the unit blend in to the rest of the room. Accessorize the shelves sparsely to add interest without clutter. 

Step 7

Leave a clear path to the most used doorways and to direct traffic flow. 

Step 8

Create drama by painting one wall with two doorways an accent color that is one or two shades darker than the rest of the room. 

Step 9

Hang small rustic or framed artwork on a narrow space between two doors to add interest to the space. 

Things You Will Need

  • Paint
  • Rollers and brushes
  • Area rug
  • Sofa
  • Narrow table
  • Bookshelf unit
  • Built in bookshelves
  • Accent paint color
  • Small artwork
  • Accessories
  • Flat screen television
  • Wall mount hardware


  • Hang a flat screen television on a wall space to take advantage of space between doorways without adding bulk to the room.
  • Remove doors from rooms that do not need to be closed off daily. This eliminates bulk and opens the space visually.
  • Use colored glassware accessories in the room to keep the space feeling airy and light.


  • Don't over-stuff the room. Use smaller furniture such as a love seat and a small side chair instead of large, over-sized couches and recliners.

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