The L-shaped living room is one of the most common shapes especially in flats and newer properties. Our guide helps you make the most of this versatile space.

The L-shaped living room is a common layout but it is so easy to get it wrong with poor arrangements of furniture, mismatched colour schemes and styles. The Decology app is the perfect place to re-create your L-shaped living room, visualise and design it beautifully before you get the paint, and most importantly, your wallet out!

Generally, the larger area of the L-shaped living room (where the two rectangular areas meet) would have the living area, but this can differ depending on how the rooms are used and which area is closest to the kitchen. For someone that often has large dinner parties, then the dining room may be best suited in the larger space. For someone that prefers a cosy intimate living area, the living room may be more suitable in the smaller space.

The L shaped living room is very versatile and is perfectly suited to provide a multifunctional space. As well as a dining area, the other part of the space could be used for something like an office or reading space, music room or a children’s play area.

  • Open or Closed: It is important to decide whether you want the living area to be open to the dining room or to feel more closed off. Having a sofa or chairs (chairs create a softer division) with their back to the dining room will create defined living spaces, while having the furniture opening out to the dining area will create an open plan feel space where the family can have more interaction. This can also make the space seem larger.
  • Use Rugs to Denote Different Areas: Use rugs (a large rug under the seating area and under the dining table), lighting (a chandelier/ pendant light hanging above the dining table and in the centre of the seating area and/or floor lamps to separate the space) and seating arrangements to show division between the 2 areas.

  • Even Footing: The flooring across the space should be consistent, so the areas of the room work in harmony with each other.
  • Wall Colour: As the two spaces share a wall, the wall colours will need to blend well together but don’t necessarily need to be the same colour. A dark coloured wall can go across from the dining room to a light-coloured living room to create a feature wall in that space.

  • Same, but Different: Each space can have its own personality but needs to work together with the other space. A similar colour palette and style should be used throughout, but you can mix up the patterns in the rugs and curtains etc. or the shapes of the furniture. If the space is open to the kitchen, ensure you carry over elements of the colour and style from the kitchen.

  • Lighting: To balance the space and the lighting arrange 3 floor or table lamps in a triangular formation across the room.

We hope our tips inspire you when designing your perfect L-shaped living room. If you’re redesigning your living room – or wish you could but don’t know where to start – download the Decology app to start re-designing your home (for free)