How to Style a Sectional–My Step by Step Process

When we got our sectional for the basement a few months ago, I honestly had no idea how to style it. We’ve never owned a sectional, so it was a bit of a humdinger when it came to figuring out how and where to place throw pillows, blankets, side tables etc. It took me a few months to get the hang of it and finally figure out the perfect formula for our sectional, but I think I’ve got the hang of it now. Or at least I’ve found a way that works for me! So today I thought it would be fun to share a few of my best tips on how to style a sectional.

How to Style a Sectional

1. Start with a blank slate! Take all the pillows and throws off your sectional.

2. Since sectionals are larger than a traditional sofa, it’s good to start with oversized square pillows. Through lots of trial and error, I’ve found that using 24 x 24 pillows in both corners is a great place to start. (I’m loving these black and white woven pillows.) I also add in throw blankets at this point. I like to drape blankets over the edge of the sectional and one on the chaise lounge.

3. Now that both sides are balanced with large pillows and throw blankets, I’ll add in several more pillows of varying sizes. I like to use a mix of 20 x 20, 18x 18 pillows, and lumbar size pillows. I do three pillows in the corner with the chaise lounge, and only two on the other side.

4. Finally I add in a 20 x 20 pillow and a small lumbar pillow to the middle of the sectional. Our sectional is super long, so there’s quite a bit of space in the middle. I feel like it looks best with two pillows in that space, but this is totally optional depending on what you like!

Badda boom, badda bing. That’s it! I feel like styling the sectional like this makes it looks balanced and super cozy. I also like to mix in lots of textures and colors when it comes to mixing throw pillows. I did lots of black and white here, but I love adding in the pops of floral too! And one last thing–I like to use round side tables for our sectional. That way you’re breaking up all the square and rectangular shapes in the room!

Hope that was helpful. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! xo

Hi, I'm Sarah. Welcome to my happy place! I'm mama to three, wife to my high school sweetheart + Colorado native. Let's decorate. Or maybe go on a Target run?!

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14 Comments

  1. 3.30.21
    Jé Zachary said:

    Any info on where we could purchase that beautiful sectional? It’s the one I’ve been looking for. Thank you!

  2. 3.30.21

    Your sectional is SO pretty and I love the way you have it styled!!

  3. 3.30.21
    Tricia S. said:

    Sarah, this looks perfect. Such a great eye for beauty. Thank you for sharing.

  4. 3.30.21
    Tricia S. said:

    Sarah, this looks perfect. Such a great eye for beauty.

  5. 3.30.21
    Tricia S. said:

    This looks perfect. Such a great eye for beauty.
    Thank you!!

  6. 3.30.21
    Tricia S. said:

    It’s perfect! Such a great eye for beauty!

  7. 3.30.21
    Tricia said:

    It’s perfect! Such a great eye for beauty!

  8. 3.30.21
    Brenda Johnston said:

    You have such a great eye! I love it! Where did you get your ottoman? It’s dreamy!

  9. 3.31.21
    Jody Jackson said:

    Sarah I’ve been following you for years. And I love to watch you evolve. You’re so so talented. I wish I could hire you. But I know I couldn’t afford you. Lol One question though… You have 3 young children. How long does it stay that way? 😃

    • 3.31.21
      Sarah said:

      You are so sweet Jody! Thank you for the kind words. And to answer your question–it stays this way about 12 minutes! 🙂

  10. 3.31.21
    Bridgot said:

    Beautiful!!!
    Can you tell me where the floral pillows are from?
    Thank you!

    • 3.31.21
      Sarah said:

      Those are old ones from Walmart, but sadly they are sold out!