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L-shaped sofas also called sectionals, provide comfort and lots of seating for your living room. They are cozy and can create a casual lounge area or be a show-stopping piece in your home. But sectionals are large and have little flexibility in how they are placed in a room.
Despite the challenges, sectionals are still very popular on the market. Many are willing to face the challenge to gain the comfort and space offered by these L-shaped sofas. To help you decide which layout may be best for you and your home, we have outlined nine layout options with both visuals and descriptions below.
1. Center of the Room
In the room below, the sectional takes center stage. It takes up most of the middle of the room, facing a fireplace for warmth and comfort. When you can dedicate a large space for entertaining, adding more seating at the other end of the sofa creates a semi-circle zone of conversation. This type of configuration sets up this area for lounging and relaxing, especially with company.
Neutral colors for large furniture and on the walls make it easy to add pops of color with accent pillows and furniture pieces. Brighten the room with bold-colored pillows, a coffee table, and other types of decor. Just make sure not to add too much, which would make the room feel crowded and cluttered.
Bold Accent Pillows
There are so many options for accent pillows on the market; solid bold colors, designs, and fringe add some personality to your sofa. But make sure the colors you choose to go together and do not clash with anything else in the room.
Cushioned Coffee Table
When adding furniture pieces to this kind of layout, you want them to add to the room’s coziness. Avoid items that have too many sharp corners and angles. Cushioned coffee tables serve multiple uses, including holding snacks and drinks, extra seating, storage, or even an ottoman.
2. Window Wall
Having your sectional back up against your windows creates a natural place for reading and relaxing. The sun’s warmth and light shine to produce the perfect atmosphere to unwind at the end of the workday or on a laid-back weekend. Using neutral colors adds to the peaceful ambiance of the room.
Neutral Accent Pillows
Neutral colors don’t have to mean boring. Fun yet subdued designs can add a little pizzazz to your room without being too jarring to the eye. Mixing dark and light colors can make accents pop subtly.
3. Room Separator
The length of an L-shaped sofa can construct a kind of faux wall between two rooms. You see the sectional wrapping around the television area in the layout below, setting it apart from the dining area. The sofa’s low back allows the light coming in from the windows to brighten the entire area while creating a separation between rooms. Using slightly different yet complementary color schemes in the separate rooms helps to differentiate them even more.
Complimentary Accent Pillows
Finding pillows in complementary colors ties various rooms together. You can use some patterns but set them off with some solids to avoid competing accents.
4. Back Wall Sweep
A large sectional sofa can provide lots of seating in a living room without taking up the room’s center. In the layout below, you see this leather L-shaped sofa running along the back wall, creating a kind of pathway from the side door into the main sitting area. It is big, but not obtrusive. The warm colors of the dark brown leather melt into the earth tones of the room.
Classic Coffee Table
You can add a classic coffee table to fill out the room while also providing storage for magazines and other items.
5. Intimate Nook
Pairing a smaller sectional sofa with an arm chair creates a circular space for you to gab with your closest friends. Neutral colors and accent furniture ensures the decor doesn’t take over the conversation.
Round Coffee Tables
When you set up a circular conversation area, round complimentary furniture makes you want to gather around for a chat.
6. Simple Seating
Sometimes an L-shaped sofa is all you need to make a simple decorating statement. One primary piece of furniture with neutral accents is all you need in the following straightforward setup. Selecting a rug, table, and lamp in the same color scheme adds to the uncomplicated look.
A neutral-colored rug with a small geometric pattern adds visual interest without popping too much among the other subdued pieces in the room. A soft texture brings a coziness to the room as well.
7. Corner Pocket
A long sectional can cordon off a room and create a dedicated lounge in an open concept space. Pairing light and dark neutrals set this area apart from the rest of the large room while still blending in with your overall color scheme. A large rug helps delineate a perimeter as well.
Ottomans can be used to mark off one side of an area as well as add extra seating.
8. Family Square
Modern sectionals have crisp angles to square off an area for hanging out with others. Placing the sofa into one corner provides the anchor to the room. Finish off the look with other accent pieces that have clean lines and neutral tones. A small rug in the middle of the furniture pieces ties them all together.
A plush rug gives your feet a soft place to relax while providing a connecting centerpiece to the room.
9. Extended L
Too many pieces of furniture in one room can sometimes feel too congested. But one extended, long sectional can solve that problem by providing lots of seating room on just one large sofa. Cushioned, flat ottomans on one end and a thin, modern coffee table keep the streamlined look without adding too much bulk. Pop some color with accent pillows and a fun plant to finish off the space.
Modern Coffee Table
The clean lines of this coffee table compliment the simplicity of this layout.
It can be tricky to place a large L-shaped sofa properly in your home. But you can use many different layouts to figure out how to best utilize a sectional in the space you have. Accent pillows and a complimentary piece of furniture will also help you finish off the look you want in your home.
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