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How Should I Style My L-Shaped Couch?

Castlery   |   Oct 24, 2022

The L-shaped sofa has many advantages. Not only does it fit neatly into the corner of a smaller living room, adding extra seating space without gobbling up too much floor space. But it also helps to create a conversation or entertainment space, forming the ideal space for a coffee table or accent chair to complete your living room set up. You can also use ottomans or swivel chairs (such as the Amber swivel yellow) to add extra flexible seating space or to create a style contrast with the L-shaped or sectional sofa.

However, despite all this flexibility of use and versatility across a huge range of living rooms, L-shaped couches can be quite difficult to style. That’s why we have created the following guide to help give you some ideas of how to bed an L-shaped couch into your living room - and how to keep it looking its best.

Placement and shape

The beauty of the L-shaped couch is that it is as at home up against the wall or in the corner of a space as it is creating a freestanding seating area. The 90-degree corner of the sofa creates a natural angle around which you can create your entertainment space. Pairing accent chairs with your couch can create a very cozy nook where you can have intimate conversations with your guests. Place the armchair facing the vertical section of your L shaped sofa to create this layout. Pair a couch and accent chair in similar complementary shapes to create a sleek aesthetic. For example, pairing a Hamilton Round chaise in brilliant white with Amber boucle swivel chair would elevate your living area. Or the Desmond leather armchair can add a touch of elegance and refinement to your space.

a L-shaped sofa on a rug in the middle of the room with a chandelier above it and many mid-century modern furniture Learn from @homewithchrissym and style your living room with the Dawson L-shaped Sectional Sofa in the middle of the room and decorate around it.

Color scheme

The color of your couch and accent chair should differ, but still complement one another. Introduce a pop of color, like pairing a bright color accent chair with a neutral tone couch. It brightens up your space while adding a luxurious touch. We recommend the Amber Swivel in Meadow Yellow with Jonathan L Shape sectional in creamy white. Ensure that your couch and accent chairs work well with your current design scheme. Pick items that will tie everything together.

a bright blue L-shaped sofa on a rug paired with yellow and white cushions in a mid-century modern living room *Go bold or go home like @planningwithbumble and her bold blue Pebble L shaped Sectional Sofa and mustard yellow cushions *

As well as the color of your sofa and accent chairs, try and color match your soft furnishings such as curtains and carpets to the throw cushions and pillows on your sofa. This will help your sofa to bed into the space and feel like a cohesive part of the room.

Texture and feel

Utilizing different textures will inject warmth and character into your living room. For example. pairing a polyester blend couch with a leather armchair or accent chair brings luxury and sophistication into your space. We recommend the Ethan L-Shape sectional with Desmond in caramel.

a close up of a grey L-shaped sofa paired with a potted plant against a plain white wall in a living room The Ethan Chaise Sectional Sofa offers both aesthetic and texture with its smooth cloth lining that suits all seasons, just like the one @jeraldsaw sports in his living room.

Additional extras

You should also think about what other furniture you want your space to include. For example, adding an ottoman to your living room is a fantastic way to introduce color, style, and functionality. Get a matching L-Shaped couch and Ottoman to create cohesive and harmonious space. We recommend Remi Chaise sectional with ottoman. Ottomans can be used as an extra seating or even double up as a coffee table for extra tabletop space as and when you need it. Plus, they can provide much needed storage space for throws, blankets, and other occasional items.

A white L-shaped sofa and a white ottoman in a living room on a rug of a mid-century modern home @thegritandpolish matches both sofa and ottoman in one go with the Wayne Armchair and Wayne ottoman .

The L-shaped couch needs to be styled in a way that accentuates its shape and makes the most of the angled seating area it offers. As with most other couches, there is a huge choice of design styles, colors and materials to suit any living space or design scheme. However, you do need to pay special attention in terms of pairing it with accent furniture such as chairs, ottomans, and coffee tables. But if you get the styling right, it can create a stylish, comfortable, and practical living space with a selection of advantages.

Our range of L-shape couches are available in a variety of style, shape, sizes and materials. They can be styled easily by pairing them with accent chairs, ottomans, and accessories.


How do I arrange my L-shaped furniture?

Use the L of the sofa to create a cozy and comfortable conversation space, using accent chairs, coffee tables or ottomans to complete the circle.

Does an L-shaped couch have to be against a wall?

An L-shaped couch can work well against a wall, maximizing the corner space and providing extra seating without taking up extra floor or traffic space. However, it can look just as at home in the center of a larger space or can even be used to create a zonal seating area in an open plan design.

Does an L-shaped couch work in a small living room

An L-shaped couch can work well in a small living room as when tucked into a corner it can maximize seating space without taking up too much floor or traffic space, which can happen with separate seating units.

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