Sectional sofas. It's a love hate relationship for most people, but in reality they have enjoyed a long period of popularity as an interior design element. Their rise to fame began when chain furniture stores started promoting them as an easy fix to our seating woes.
Sectional sofas. It's a love hate relationship for most people, but in reality they have enjoyed a long period of popularity as an interior design element. Their rise to fame began when chain furniture stores started promoting them as an easy fix to our seating woes. Sectionals do provide an easy, and often less expensive solution to a seating problem, put one in a room and three-quarters of your seating needs are resolved with one piece of furniture. Thant being said, filling seats is not the best reason for choosing such a large piece of furniture that requires so much commitment.
When considering the interior design of your home we don't want to see the 'quick fix' approach, choosing the right furniture is key, a room has to have certain requirements to accommodate a sectional sofa. Even if you feel that your room has the perfect high ceilings, grandiose proportions or even a tight narrow linear room, the requirement that always matters is a stylistic one. The right space planning is necessary to serve any style you choose to curate within your own home.
The modernist movement has come to a fore over the past couple of years, particularly that of Mid-Century Modern. This has led to more interest in modern design, something which encapsulates clean, simple lines. A sectional sofa can give you this look easily, and with the myriad of different modular options and configurations there will be a design that knits into your home perfectly.
Is your home and the overall feel of your room more traditional or from a particular time period? Then I'd highly recommend reconsidering the use of a sectional sofa. Your country chic palette of neutral fabrics and skirted edges does not warrant a large piece of a furniture which does not naturally create a conversational space. Traditional, stylistically, lends it's look to having separate, moveable furniture. You can include a sofa with smaller occasional chairs, thus allowing people to congregate while entertaining or formally line up for symmetry in a great room. This look can, however, feel a little forced and 'expected'.
Consider your rooms use. If you are lounging or your focus is in one direction predominately (watching TV or staying warm by the fire) then a sectional is the right choice. But remember, a sectional can be too 'cosy', forcing people have to sit very close to one another. This works for a family environment but when your guests have only known each other for a few minutes they may want some personal space. Choosing to use separate pieces allows for more variation in the seating set up and makes people just a little but more comfortable in your home. Include ottomans and benches to function the same way as a sectional does, the place to pop your feet up or sit beside that one person really want to get to know more
It's important to realise that sectionals are a big commitment. Likelihood is once the sectional has been measured to fit neatly into your room it is very unlikely there will ever be a better orientation for it within the same space. Having separate pieces of furniture allows you to freshen and elevate your interior more often than with a sectional. Change is good, and having a design forward, flexible seating solution allows you to flex your creative muscles when the urge arises.