Sectional sofas are some of the most functional and versatile pieces of furniture out there, capable of transforming any space and creating a cozy, welcoming environment for you and your family.
Sectionals are comfortable and inviting, stylish and practical, and they're the perfect choice whether you're small on space and feeling cramped, or you want to seat for large gatherings.
If you're considering a sectional sofa in your living room, check out these examples below for some inspiration, tips, and tricks on how to make a sectional work for you.
25 Ideas for a Living Rooms with Sectionals:
- Cozy Corner
- Mirror Image
- Play with Colors and Textures
- Calm and Quiet
- Sleek in Silver
- Farmhouse Chic
- A Cozy Family Space
- Elegant in Velvet
- Green & Grey
- Open Concept Zoning
- Contemporary Cool
- Modern Minimalism
- African Influence
- Waterfront Escape
- Let the Light In
- Classic Glamour
- Snug and Chic
- Natural Neutrals
- Spatial Awareness
- 1960's Mod
- We've Got Company
- Go Small
- Shades of Grey
- Change of Scenery
- Eclectic Escape
1. Cozy Corner
If you're looking to create an intimate and private atmosphere in your living room, check out this example. This beautiful room takes advantage of the sofa's L-shaped bend; because the sofa is placed up against the privacy screen, the rest of the room is cut off and the section surrounding the sofa feels more secluded.
2. Mirror Image
Large Sectional sofas tend to be the main focus of the room, so use this to your advantage and make it a feature. In this sleek room, the sectional sofa is placed directly under the insert in the ceiling, mirroring its shape and making the room feel bigger as a result. By stretching the room from top to bottom, the entire scheme feels more open.
3. Play with Colors and Textures
When choosing your sectional sofa, don't be afraid to make a statement; it could give the room a much more luxe feel. This beautiful sectional is covered in a lush, warm rust-colored velvet that feels luxurious and inviting. The effect is made even better with accessories that compliment the color and texture of the couch, like copper detailing and green plants.
4. Calm and Quiet
For many the living room is the heart of the house, so creating a peaceful atmosphere is one of the most important things you can do to make your house a home. This living room is so serene and calming, and it's easy to imagine coming home after a long and hectic day just to lounge on that sectional sofa and feel at peace.
5. Sleek in Silver
Sometimes it's all about the accessories; using decor can elevate your room from basic to breathtaking. The silver furniture complements the deep grey of the upholstery, bringing a more elegant and modern look to this otherwise casual couch. The clean straight lines feel fresh and new and I love the way the layout with the sofa in the corner makes the room feel large and open.
6. Farmhouse Chic
This sectional sofa fits perfectly into a modern farmhouse design scheme. It's in a shade only slightly darker than the walls, almost blending into the background and making the room look even bigger than it does, even with the gorgeous high ceilings. Its casual design fits well in a country scheme and allows the character of the room to shine.
7. A Cozy Family Space
Sectionals are the perfect family couch, and this example shows how a sectional can bring the whole family together. It's cozy but durable, able to hold up to years of use from kids. Styling it with an eclectic mix of soft throw pillows keeps the design cozy and family-friendly, but still feels chic and contemporary and the perfect environment for get-togethers.
8. Elegant in Velvet
Velvet is one of the best textures to incorporate into a room to instantly give a sense of glamour. In this example, the designer piles on different pillows and accessories in different shades of the same color, and as a result, the room feels glamorous and elegant. Velvet sofas are definitely a statement, so opt for simple and modern furniture so the eye knows where to look.
9. Green & Grey
You can easily create a comfortable yet stylish room when you consider your color scheme. I love the way the different shades of grey and green come together in this example to create a calm and relaxing theme. This is a gorgeous color combination for a chic and casual living room, perfect for an apartment with roommates because it feels welcoming and inviting.
10. Open Concept Zoning
If you have an open concept kitchen and living room area, a sectional can be your best friend when to comes to separate areas of your home. In this example, the sectional faces away from the kitchen and sets up a new area on the other side of the room. When planning out your open concept design, consider how zoning can affect the flow of the room and place the large furniture accordingly.
11. Contemporary Cool
The shape of your sofa will say a lot about the design of your room, and if you're going for a clean and modern look, stick to simple sectionals with straight, square shapes. I love the way the shape of the sofa accents the wall feature behind it. The bend in the sectional also echoes the herringbone pattern in the flooring which ties the whole scheme together.
12. Modern Minimalism
Sometimes it's best to let the room speak for itself and allow the sofa to become the accessory. The stunning backdrop along with the unique furniture pieces are enough of a statement on their own, so adding a comfortable yet casual sectional adds a bit of warmth to this stark and modern room without taking away from its beauty.
13. African Influence
This sectional serves as the perfect backdrop for an African-inspired living room design, with its light grey color giving the perfect backdrop to black and white throw pillows of varying colors, while also mixing well with the light tan baskets and decor. I love the chic and contemporary style and the way the sectional pulls the design scheme together!
14. Waterfront Escape
Sometimes your environment or view is a better feature than any decor you could provide. A beautiful view like in this waterfront house deserves to be shown off, and so the sectional sofa is positioned so that the window is the focus of the room, to better enjoy the waterside environment.
15. Let the Light In
Sectional sofas take up so much space in the room, so it's really important to be mindful about where you place it because wherever it goes will highlight the focal point of your room design. In this example, the sectional is lined up with the window to highlight the light streaming in through the window during the day.
16. Classic Glamour
There's nothing like a tufted sofa for a classic and luxurious look, and even better if it's a large sectional that will make an impact! The sectional pairs beautifully with the silver furniture and decor and the greyscale color combination create a polished and timeless look. This is a living room that will feel fresh and chic for years and years.
17. Snug and Chic
Even though this is a very modern and formal room, it's clear that this sectional sofa is all about comfort. Its shape borders the entire room, inviting anyone to lounge about on it. It gives the room a more lived-in feel while not distracting from the overall design scheme itself because it's positioned toward the main accent of the room: the fireplace.
18. Natural Neutrals
One way to make your living room feel more cozy and comfortable is to use a warm and neutral color palette, with natural textures and accents like wood, metal, wicker, cotton, wool, and more. Humans are programmed to feel more at peace when we feel surrounded by nature, so bringing earth tones into your room design will help your scheme feel more relaxing.
19. Spacial Awareness
Spatial planning is so important with sectional sofas because how you position them will shape the entire look and feel of your living room. Make the most of your living room's best features, and use them to your advantage. I love how the sofa is placed in this example, with the gorgeous tall windows overlooking them and casting light across the sofa.
20. 1960's Mod
For a truly unique look, consider taking a nod from decades past when designing your space. This living room echos a 1960's look, with its attention-grabbing orange scheme, straight lines, and circles, and mod furniture. The sofa is positioned around the coffee table, with a bench on the other side, somewhat creating the effect of a 1960's or 70's couch pit.
21. We've Got Company
I love the setup for this living room, with the sectional sofa positioned facing an opposite chair, as opposed to the TV or fireplace. Because of this layout, the atmosphere encourages conversation and connection, perfect for large families or people who entertain often. It's a surefire way to make any room feel inviting to guests or relatives!
22. Go Small
Sometimes the room design calls for a large and commanding sectional sofa to fill the space, and sometimes less is more. I adore this small sectional that fits just right in a family home because the room may have many jobs to fill and so the furniture needs to be as versatile as possible. It sits facing the rest of the open plan area, connecting it to other parts of the home. And its small size means it doesn't block that gorgeous backyard view!
23. Shades of Grey
It's easy for a basement to feel cold and not very welcoming, but this ground-level living room feels chic and inviting thanks to the sectional sofa and color scheme. The marbled rug and different shades of grey and white give a chic and appealing look to the room, even without any major windows. It's the perfect area to kick back with some friends and binge-watch that new show!
24. Change of Scenery
Since sectional sofas have a unique L-shaped bend in their design, they actually have two focal points. The designer of this lovely example knew this, and so they placed the couch to face both the television and the fireplace. Because the room is so large, you get two completely different views sitting on different sides of the sofa!
25. Eclectic Escape
If you're going for a casual and comfortable, yet stylish room, you can't get much better than the living room in this example. The scheme is well put together but still feels calm, cozy, and comfortable. Since the sofa is a plain grey, all the accessories and decor in the room have a chance to shine, and the variety of colors and textures keeps the design exciting.