When working with scale, the rule of thumb is that you ground your room with appropriately-sized furniture. So, the larger the room the larger the living room seating. One furniture option that can help is a sectional sofa. L-shaped and U-shaped sectionals can provide seating while taking up a wide amount of floorspace in your room. This piece can also act as a focal point of your space if you choose one in a bright colour or an upholstered pattern.
Because Ashley is an international brand, we use universal terminology which can be lesser known in some countries like South Africa. In the Ashley world - a Loveseat is a piece of furniture known locally as a two-seater couch, while a Sofa is specifically a 3-seater couch. A Sectional sofa however, is a large piece of living room furniture that does not follow the traditional 2 and 3 seater arrangement. It is great for room corners or large spaces.
Furniture comes in a range of shapes, textures and patterns. When you’re working with modern styles, look for pieces that incorporate sleek lines and materials. Sectionals and loveseats that have no extra embellishments like tufting and quilting are perfect for the modern living room since the linear shape and form is more timeless. Other modern living room furniture like cantilevered side tables made from mixed-materials are also a great way to incorporate modern design sensibilities into your space. Accents like metal scultptures and abstract wall art can also be added to create harmony throughout your space.
A small living room, with the proper seating, can create intimacy and warmth in your home. To maximize the amount of space that you have, consider investing in smaller pieces like a loveseat instead of a sectional sofa. Then you can design around that loveseat with accent chairs. If you need even more seating, use novelty living room tables like coffee table ottomans that easily meld into your living room space but act as extra seating when guests come over. If you want to learn more, check out this living room layout guide.