Furniture Focus: Chic Sectionals

Earlier this week I shared my tips for making my big eyesore sectional more stylish on a budget. However, had money been no object, I would have definitely turned to some of my sectional's sleeker cousins for inspiration. After viewing them, I think I may have to rethink my comment about sectionals being the minivan of the living room.

These chic sofas are not the built-in cupholder/dual recliner/marshmallow armed types. They're an altogether superior race, but that doesn't mean that their bulky counterparts can't glean any style tips from them …

Load up on accent pillows. Cheery pillows in vibrant hues can take the attention off a drab sofa.
Pick a bold area rug. An area rug with an eye-catching pattern is the perfect pairing for a neutral sofa.
Create a gallery wall. Big sofas call for big artwork and, in most cases, sectionals are great places to experiment with salon style art hangings or grid style gallery walls. The large grouping will take the attention off the mammoth sofa and onto the art itself. A dinky print above a huge sectional, on the other hand, will make both the art and the sofa seem out of proportion within the room.
Repeat Accent Colors. Adding a variety of accents— pillows, throws, rugs, art, ottomans, sidetables— in a similar hue will keep the sofa color from dominating the room.

For more sectional sofa wisdom, including some pretty sweet sectional sources check out these posts:
High and Low: 15 Modern Sectional Sofas
Top 10 Stylish Sectionals & Sofas From Austin and Beyond

Images: 1,4, 14: Lonny, 2,3,8: House Beautiful, 5,6,11, 13: Elle Decor, 7: Style At Home, 9, 10: Apartment Therapy, 12: Architectural Digest, 15: West Elm

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