From textiles to space-saving tips, here’s how to style your living room furniture like a pro
Thomas J. Story
If your sofa is a solid color, consider adding graphic or patterned pillow designs for a touch of art. If your sofa fabric is patterned or graphic itself, go with solid colors to ground it.
White upholstery helps a small space feel larger, or a dark space feel brighter. Give it some dimension by adding graphic and/or textured pillow and blanket accents. Extend this style to the whole room through rugs and window shades.
Typically, we consider sectional sofas only for large living spaces, but they can live large in small spaces too. This built-in sofa can seat 10-12 people (and can sleep a few overnight) because it maximizes the room perimeter space.
Tuck a blanket (or textile remnant) around the bottom or back cushion of a leather sofa for a soft and warm look and feel. This is also a great trick for concealing a stained or damaged cushion. If your sofa is floating away from a wall, simply hang the blanket over the back. Swap out the fabric with the seasons, or whenever you desire a refresh.
Prop firm pillows against the walls of a cornered upholstered daybed for a cozy nap nook any time of year. No daybed? This same tactic works for a large upholstered ottoman or even a covered twin mattress.
Layer a couple sheepskin rugs on a sofa to help protect the surface from pup damage. The cozy material will be loved by human loungers too.
Don't be afraid to mix pattered pillows on a solid color sofa. Here, stripes and floral designs mingle for a fresh spring look. In winter, swap these out for darker-hued pillows and throws.