Dealing with furniture that has curved lines such as a curved sofa or sectional in a traditional setting like most living rooms raises a series of problems. The unconventional shape requires you to be creative when positioning the piece in the room. These five tips offer you five different ways to deal with the issue when organizing and decorating your living room or home in general.
1. Reiterate the shape elsewhere in the room.
A curved sofa or sectional will look awkward and out of place if everything else in the room has straight lines and angles. You need to include a few other elements that feature similar designs or at least can relate in some way to your sofa if you want the room to look and feel harmonious. Try using a round coffee table or hanging a chandelier or pendant light with elegant curved lines. In general, you should focus on the usual accent details such as the wall décor, mirror, light fixtures and other accessories.
2. Include the sofa or sectional in circular groupings.
Arrange your curved sofa along with other seats in a circular grouping to take advantage of the curve and to also create a comfortable sitting and conversation area where everyone faces each other. It’s not necessary for the chairs to also feature curved elements as long as you arrange properly. In fact, you can take this opportunity to play with different shapes and to add visual interest to the room.
3. Place the sofa or sectional directly across a focal point.
If you have your sofa or sectional placed directly across one of the room’s key features or focal points such as, let’s say, the fireplace, this allows you to better integrate its unusual shape in the room and its décor. You’ll be creating a comfortable arrangement and allowing those sitting on the sofa to admire the key feature you’ve chosen. If its the entertainment unit then everyone will be able to comfortably watch TV from their current position.
4. Align it with a curved wall
A curved wall or curved window would make a perfect fitting location for a sofa or sectional featuring the same shape. You can either align it with the wall’s curve for a perfect fit or center it in front of a curved window to create a cozy alcove. If possible, leave some space between the sofa and the wall to make the room look less cramped. You’ll still be able to send out the same harmonious message with this lovely pairing. Be aware however that curved walls are difficult to pair with anything but custom furniture.
5. Place it in a corner
Curved walls are not exactly standard features in most homes so it’s less likely to have such a detail than it is to have a living room with empty corners. That being said, you can place your curved sectional comfortably in a corner, matching the curve with the junction of the two walls. It’s a very nice idea if you’re running short on space for example. By choosing this type of arrangement, you’ll still have some space behind the sectional and this gives you the opportunity to place a large planter or a floor lamp in that particular spot.