5 Simple Tips For Decorating Your L-Shaped Living Room

It can be tricky to decorate your living room when it shares the same space as your dining room. You don't want to make both spaces the same, but you don't want to make them completely different to the point that it looks awkward. Instead, you want each side to have a little bit of the same style to create a nice flow to the space.

When you first move into your new place, you get so excited about the fresh start that you want to start filling it with everything right away. Michael Helwig had this issue with his ex's dad's house when they moved in, except it already had furniture he wanted to replace. Instead of taking his time figuring out what furniture would work well with the layout, he dove in and bought what looked good in the store. He claims it didn't go so well, and if he were to redo it all over again, he would pay attention to the pathways. This helps divide up the space between the living room and dining room, which makes it easier to decorate. Here are five tips to easily decorate an L-shaped living room.

Buy an L-shaped couch

Couches play a huge part when you're decorating your L-shaped living room because they can either make your space look smaller or larger. You want something that will flow with the layout of the space, so an L-shaped couch is perfect because they're versatile. Living Cozy suggests thinking about the value the couch will bring to your space, whether it's going to be used as a means to separate the living room from the dining room or just to create a private space for you and your guests.

L-shaped couches don't take up too much space and can be pushed against the corner of the wall. They also have so many seats that they could fit many of your friends for the perfect movie night. They come in different styles, colors, and sizes to fit the size of your living room. You could get a large couch to create a nice socializing and lounging area or a small L-shaped couch for a more intimate living room and fewer guests.

Divide up your space

If your living room shares space with your dining room, you can divide them with a partition, bookcase, or fireplace. Depending on the setup of the layout, you'll be able to figure out exactly how you want to separate the two. Roomlay claims that thinking about the walkway and transition will make it easier to create a flow in each room. You don't have to install an entirely new wall to separate the two areas — a simple rug or a stunning glass partition could suffice.

The key is to divide the space in a subtle way where there's a noticeable separation. Using a partition will only look awkward if it doesn't flow with the décor in the room or if it's the only stand-alone piece in the space. A fireplace wall works as well because it makes the space cozier and can be put anywhere in the living room to divide up the space, such as behind the couch facing the dining room.

Integrate décor items slowly

The little things are the most important part when it comes to decorating. While furniture is a necessity, the décor pieces are what give your entire space personality. This is where it can get tricky when it comes to decorating your L-shaped living room. Deciding between keeping a consistent décor style throughout the living room or making each section completely different should be something to think about before you start buying things.

Whether you enjoy a more minimalistic or maximalism style, you want to keep the same style when it comes to decorating your L-shaped living room to make it look put together. The Effortless Chic has various tips on how to decorate your space cohesively. It's best to buy décor pieces over a period of time instead of all at once to give it some balance. Depending on the style you're going for, you can focus on the furniture pieces first and then slowly incorporate wall art, pillows, vases, rugs, shelves, and plants.

Add bright lighting

An L-shaped living room can sometimes feel like a small enclosed space if it's not as open as other rooms, which is why having the perfect lighting can make the space bigger. If you don't have larger windows or capture enough natural light in your living room, using bright LED lights can create the illusion of a larger space, according to litecraft. You can space out the lighting throughout the room so that every nook gets some light.

You can use LED lights in the ceiling if you have any hanging light fixtures or switch out the bulbs in your light sockets and lamps on your side tables. You can also add a few lights on the wall to give corners some ambiance lighting. Not only will it cast better lighting, but you could find light fixtures that match back to the rest of your décor style. If you already have a spacious living room, using sheer curtains for your window will capture the natural light and keep the light in for hours.

Choose the right flooring

While flooring can be a great way to divide your L-shaped living room if you do different flooring for each side, it can be awkward when it leads to a different room such as the kitchen. Thinking of the pathway should be a priority when it comes to figuring out flooring. Just like the décor, you want it to be cohesive and have a nice flow. Flooring America claims that hardwood, vinyl, and laminate flooring are some of the best options you can choose for your flooring.

Anything that isn't carpet will look better and will be easier to keep clean so that stains don't accumulate over time. Hardwood floors are a go-to option and with their various finishes, you can find one that will fit with your living room. The best thing about non-carpeted flooring is you can add rugs anywhere you'd like, which will be useful when it comes to dividing up your L-shaped living room.