Ideas for L-Shaped Houses

Decorating an L-shaped houses presents a few challenges for the homeowner, primarily due to the way the space is arranged. However, some simple solutions exist that help to make maximum use of this home space. These allow you to express your decorating tastes while keeping the rooms looking pulled together and playing up their advantages.

Modern Design

L-shaped houses allow you to broaden your potential view. Many of these houses feature windows all along one side of the house --- usually the side of the L that angles inward. This allows for privacy and shelter from the elements, while enclosing the yard space. Some L-shaped houses feature courtyards between the two sides of the L, giving you extra patio space and a walkway from one side of the house to the other. The inside portion of the L often features a pool that the design of the house keeps hidden from view from the road.


Because of its modern style, the L-shaped home often works best with a decorating scheme that leans toward minimalism. Furniture that's not adorned with ornate carving or busy patterns often find a home in the L-shaped house. Light colours like sand or off-white dominate. The furniture and the accessories serve a function as well as being decorative. When decorating in this style, select artwork in modern metal frames, couches or futons with straight lines and block-shaped coffee tables. Keep the floor bare except for a plain throw rug on the floor (see Resources).

Challenges and Solutions

The problem with an L-shaped house or room is that the space really looks like two separate rooms, but often doesn't have visual dividers in place that give these rooms their own identity. To overcome this decorating challenge, you need to place your furniture in a way that gives each part of the space its own flavour. You can tie the two areas together using colour. For example, if you have an L-shaped living room, paint two of the walls in the most recessed portion of the L a vibrant colour like burgundy. Paint the surrounding walls a contrasting colour, such as butter yellow. In one side you'll feature your living room contents and use accents that feature the less predominant colour. In the yellow side you might place a burgundy couch and butter yellow accent tables and artwork on the wall with burgundy frames. The key is to mark off the two spaces with the paint colour you apply on the walls.

One Room or Two

In decorating an L-shaped room, consider breaking the space up into two separate rooms. Some possible two-room combinations are living room/dining room and living room/office. In addition to using colour to provide a visual barrier between the two sides, invest in items like rollaway or folding screens. Set up both areas as completely functional, self-contained rooms to give the impression of walking from one room to another. In the living room/office example, one side could have a completely set up living room while the other side has an office complete with desk, shelves and an armoire for file storage.

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About the Author

Buffy Naillon has worked in the media industry since 1999, contributing to Germany's "Der Spiegel" magazine and various websites. She received a bachelor's degree in German from Boise State University. Naillon also attended New York University and participated in the foreign exchange program at Germany's Saarland University. She is completing her master's degree in educational technology at Boise State.