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What Do You Do With an L-Shaped Unit?

Interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino enumerates some musts in navigating this tricky shape

Photography: Aalco Design Group

These days, L-shaped condo units come in various sizes and layouts. If you have the impression that an L-shaped unit does not give you as much space to move about, think again! This definitely doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to maximize the use of your space.

We’ve asked interior designer and University of the Philippines professor Hannah Acab-Faustino to give tips on how to work with an L-shaped unit and help prove that it’s just as versatile as any other unit shape, as long as you keep in mind these musts:

  • Use mirrors and other reflective surfaces. It’s not a myth: these trick the eye and make the space appear wider than it actually is.
  • Check your proportions. Walk around the room as you would every day, and make sure there is substantial clearance for you to move around the space.
  • Plan where to put built-in units. Kitchen cabinets or entertainment centers with storage units that run a long length may lead to monotony. 
  • Maintain balance. An L-shaped unit has a horizontal orientation, so make sure you use vertical space as well to strike a balance.
  • Soften the space. Introduce round or organic shapes to contrast the sharp turns and edges of the unit.
  • Angle accent furniture pieces. This breaks the monotony as well as the boxy and grid-like layout of the space.
  • Mind your furniture layout. It’s practical to situate bigger pieces against the longer side of the wall, and just break off specific areas based on your living requirements.
  • Keep furniture choices basic and simple. Stay away from those that are too boxy, oversized, and rectilinear (consisting of straight lines).
  • Avoid rectangular patterns and too many horizontal lines. Go for accessories that are not too busy.

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