We present styling tips for an L-shaped living room.

Living room décor is so much more than just picking the right furniture and light fixtures. And if you have an L-shaped hall, then it can get a little more challenging. Here are a few living room design tips to take on board:

* Decide on space usage first.An L-shaped living room must be planned well for space usage. If the overall space is small, you might not want to have too much furniture in it. But if it is large, then there’s nothing simpler than doing up the L-shaped hall’s interior design. Make a space usage diagram to demarcate the different activity areas in the living room, and now proceed with the rest of the living room interior design.

* Heavier furniture on the longer side, please. The rule of thumb when placing furniture for an irregularly-shaped room is to locate the bigger pieces along the longer side of the room. Follow the same principle for the L-shaped hall interior design as well. It creates better visual balance to have the heavier or bigger furniture ‘anchor’ the longer wall, while you can counteract this by leaving the smaller wall bare or embellished with art or a series of niches for knick-knacks.

* How about a picture window or a picture on the shorter side? Does the shorter wall in your living room lend itself well to a window? Having a large picture window is a great idea if the shorter wall is an external wall for the structure. It serves like a picture window and a source of natural light for the living room. If not, then you can still add a large picture frame on the wall to bring out its beauty.

* Decide on lighting as per activity.Lighting is an important part of the hall design ideas that you come up with, and it must be done in accordance with the activities of the space. If you use the living room to entertain guests frequently, then you must have a large source of ambient light that illuminates most of the room. But if you have few guests and you use the living room as a peaceful setting to read, watch TV or listen to music, then pendant lights illuminating just one part of the room at a time are best.

* Create cohesion with colour. Now that your living room interiors are more or less in place, you can decide on the colour scheme. You can pick a different, contrasting hue for the shorter wall, or make the longer wall the most dominant one in the house with a deep hue in a primary colour (red or blue). Or you can turn to floor tiles for colour cohesion – choose a deep brown or an olive green tile in a smooth finish, while you colour the walls in lemon yellow or off white.