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Interior Design School: How to Make Your Sofa Look Like a Million Bucks

If you want to upgrade your sofa so it looks like a million bucks, then we've got the tips that will help you cash in.

How do you make an L-shaped sofa look good?

Oh, honey, L-shaped sofas always look good. But if you want to make them look even better, then we've got some hot tips for you.

  • Anchor point: Position the L-shaped sofa as the focal point, ideally against a wall or corner. This grounds the space and defines its layout. It should naturally match the shape and flow of the room that it's in so use the walls and corners as anchor points.
  • Balance in textures: Introduce cushions, throws, and rugs with varying textures and patterns to add depth and visual interest.
  • Color coordination: Choose a color palette that complements your room's aesthetics. Harmonize cushions, artwork, and decor items to tie the look together.
  • Functional zones: Use the L-shape to create distinct zones within the room, like a cozy reading nook or an entertainment area.

An L-shaped sofa offers versatility and style. By anchoring it well, balancing textures, coordinating colors, and creating functional zones, you'll achieve an inviting and well-designed living space.

How do you style an L-shaped couch in a living room?


When you've got a big sofa it means you've got more to love (and more to style). Modern living room knowledge dictates that you'll need symmetry and you'll need to make some statements. So let's hear what your style has to say!

  • Symmetry with tables: Place a coffee table in the center of the L to create balance and provide a convenient surface.
  • Statement rug: Opt for a rug that extends beyond the couch to visually unite the space and add coziness.
  • Floating console: Position a console behind the shorter arm for a stylish display area without cluttering the room.
  • Artful decor: Hang artwork above the couch to draw the eye upwards, enhancing the vertical space.

Elevate your living room with an L-shaped couch by incorporating symmetry, a statement rug, a floating console, and artful decor. This approach blends form and function seamlessly, resulting in a harmonious and visually appealing living space.

How can I make my sofa look luxurious?

Be honest. You went for the cheap sectionals again, didn't you? Look, we're not gonna blame you. In fact, we're gonna help you turn that drab no-name sofa into something as sexy as a West Elm sectional.

  • Sumptuous fabrics: The key to luxury lies in choosing sumptuous fabrics that evoke a sense of indulgence. Opt for materials like velvet, silk, or high-quality leather to create an instant feeling of opulence and comfort.
  • Pillows and throws: Layering your sofa with plush pillows and throws is a surefire way to add a touch of luxury. Mix and match cushions in various sizes, textures, and complementary hues to create a cozy and inviting space that looks as good as it feels.
  • Glamorous accents: Infuse a touch of glamour into your sofa area by incorporating metallic or mirrored accents. Think decorative trays, coffee tables with metallic finishes, or even a glitzy chandelier that catches the light and adds a dose of extravagance.
  • Artful lighting: To truly make your sofa area shine, invest in artful lighting fixtures. Whether it's a statement chandelier, an artistic floor lamp, or elegant wall sconces, lighting can both serve as a functional element and a piece of art that enhances the luxurious ambiance.

We don't usually advise cheaping out, but we know not everyone's working with an interior designer salary. And when it's this easy to make your sofa look like a million bucks, what's the harm?

How do you arrange cushions on an L-shaped couch?

Your L-shaped sofa has more nooks and crannies than a traditional sofa, which is actually a great thing for style. More options are always a plus!

  • Pillow variety: Mix and match cushions of different sizes, textures, and patterns. Place larger ones at the back for support, and layer smaller ones in front for a stylish effect.
  • Symmetry or asymmetry: Create balance by arranging cushions symmetrically on both sides. Alternatively, embrace an artful touch with an asymmetrical arrangement for a relaxed vibe.
  • Texture play: Introduce tactile appeal with cushions made of varied materials like velvet, linen, or faux fur. Contrast textures for visual interest and coziness.
  • Color harmony: Coordinate cushion colors with your overall decor. Choose hues that complement or contrast with the couch, walls, and accessories.

When arranging cushions on an L-shaped couch, let your personal style shine while balancing comfort and aesthetics.

What shape coffee table goes best with an L-shaped couch?

Standard home interior design wisdom says that a rectangular coffee table is the smart choice for an L-shaped couch. But wisdom can sometimes be so boring! Here are a few other coffee table shapes you might love (but also rectangular really is still a great choice).

  • Versatile rectangular: A rectangular coffee table complements an L-shaped couch, aligning with its linear form. It provides ample surface area for drinks, books, and decor.
  • Chic oval: An oval table softens the angles of an L-shaped couch. Its rounded edges create flow and prevent visual clutter, making it a stylish choice.
  • Nested options: Opt for nesting tables in various shapes—round, oval, or rectangular. These space-savers offer flexibility and can be arranged as needed.
  • Round delight: A round coffee table breaks the angular lines of an L-shaped couch. It encourages easy movement around the table and fosters a cozy atmosphere.

When you're designing your living space, you're giving shape to your life. So make sure you pick a shape that suits your style and your #stylegoals.

How many cushions should you have on a corner sofa?

Honestly? The more the merrier! Toss pillows allow people to customize their comfort, and if you knew our families you'd know that that's a godsend.

  • Comfort in layers: A general guideline is to have 2-3 cushions per seat on your corner sofa. Layer cushions of varying sizes and textures for added comfort and visual interest.
  • Symmetry matters: Balance is key. Place an equal number of cushions on each side of the corner to maintain symmetry and a polished look.
  • Personal preference: Ultimately, the number of cushions depends on your style and comfort preferences. Experiment with different arrangements to find what suits you best.

Finding the right balance of cushions on your corner sofa enhances both comfort and aesthetics, making your living space inviting and visually appealing.

How do you position cushions?

Does it feel like your toss pillows and cushions look strange no matter where you place them? Well, if they're in your kitchen then that will definitely look strange. But when they're on your sofa that shouldn't be the case. So what can you do to make them look right?

  • Anchor points: Start with larger cushions against the backrest as anchor points for support and structure.
  • Gradual layering: Layer smaller cushions in front, staggering them slightly for a pleasing visual effect.
  • Pillow play: Mix shapes and sizes—square, rectangular, and bolsters—to add dimension and comfort.
  • Artful arrangement: Arrange cushions asymmetrically for a relaxed and inviting look, avoiding a too "perfect" arrangement.

Positioning cushions is your creative canvas. Experiment with patterns, textures, and angles to find your perfect balance of comfort and style.

How do you arrange pillows on a chaise sectional?

Arranging pillows on a chaise sectional is a breeze. The rule of thumb is to stuff pillows in every nook and cranny you can!

  • Chaise embrace: Start with pillows on the chaise part to highlight its coziness and create an inviting look.
  • Layer loveliness: Arrange pillows in layers from the chaise to the backrest, playing with textures and sizes.
  • Balance beauty: Use an odd number of pillows for balance—perhaps two on the chaise and three on the sofa.
  • Pillow partners: Add a throw pillow to the armrest of the chaise for a touch of style and functionality.

Enhance your chaise sofa's appeal with well-placed cushions that combine comfort and design. Play with placement, mix patterns, and make the chaise the star of your seating setup.

How do you put a throw on a chaise lounge?

We all love the look of a throw blanket on a chaise lounge. And let's be honest, the goal is to make it look like it simply effortlessly fell into a glamorous pose all on its own (that's how they always look on instagram, after all). Here's some helpful tips for achieving the best throw blanket looks.

  • Draped elegance: Gently drape a throw blanket across the chaise, letting one end cascade down for an effortlessly stylish look.
  • Folded grace: Fold the blanket neatly and place it near the armrest, offering warmth and a touch of visual interest.
  • Casual appeal: Drape the throw casually over the corner of the chaise for an inviting, laid-back vibe.
  • Texture play: Opt for a throw with textures that complement your chaise's upholstery, adding depth to the design.

Stay snuggly with these excellent throw blanket tips.

How do you arrange cushions on a 3 seater couch?

Unlike a sectional, you don't have as much room to work with on a standard size couch. In this case, less can be more. But also, more can be more depending on your style. Still scratching your head? Read on for our best advice for arranging pillows on your standard three seater sofa.

  • Pillow pizzazz: Start with a couple of larger cushions at the back for support. Now, bring in the fun – add smaller, patterned cushions in front.
  • Colorful chemistry: Mix and match colors that play well with your couch and room palette. It's like a mini color explosion!
  • Texture tango: Introduce varied textures – smooth, fluffy, knitted – to keep it interesting. Your couch deserves a tactile treat.
  • Odd vs. even: Embrace the magic of odd numbers. Three or five cushions create an inviting, asymmetrical balance. Even numbers? They're cool too.

Arrange cushions like you're creating your own design symphony. Mix sizes, colors, and textures for an ensemble that's uniquely you.

How to make furniture look expensive?

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So you didn't splurge on the RH Cloud Couch, but you still want your furniture to look as expensive? Then you're in luck.

  • Quality quest: Opt for well-crafted couches and accent pieces that exude craftsmanship. Invest in a few high-quality items that steal the spotlight.
  • Material magic: Choose materials like velvet, leather, or rich woods for that touch of opulence. Texture plays a big role.
  • Less is more: Embrace minimalism. A clutter-free space instantly feels more upscale and refined. We're looking at you, MA!
  • Accent accolades: Introduce statement pieces that pop. A grand mirror, an elegant lamp, or a stylish art piece – let them shine.

Making your furniture feel high-end is about curated choices and a dash of drama. Aim for timeless elegance that'll make jaws drop.

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Alex Back is the founder and CEO of Previously, he was the co-founder and COO of the popular furniture brand, Apt2B, which was acquired by a large US retail furniture chain in 2018. He worked to integrate Apt2B, one of the very first online furniture retailers on the Shopify platform, into the operations of the 100 year old larger business entity and was deeply immersed in the business operations of both online and brick and mortar retail for 4 years before leaving in 2023 to start Working in various parts of the furniture industry since 2004, he has 20 years experience in retail sales, e-commerce, marketing, operations, logistics and wholesale manufacturing and distribution. He has worked extensively with partners such as Costco, Bed Bath and Beyond and Amazon and his work has been highlighted in many publications such as Forbes, CNN and HGTV, among others. Alex is delighted to bring his experience and authority on couches and the furniture industry to this platform, along with many of his industry colleagues who are helping him keep the audience informed and engaged on a daily basis.
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