The colors and fabrics you select, and the ways they are used in a room, are an exciting part of a makeover!

In this blog, the Design Connection, Inc. shares our design tips and options for spaces with comfortable seating. We’re featuring sofas and sectionals from two of our go-to suppliers – CR Laine and Burton James. Imagine the possibilities for your own home. Get ready to think outside the swatch!

CR Laine 2580 Jennifer Sofa

The Jennifer sofa, by CR Laine, is the definition of transitional styling. It retains traditional design elements, such as saddle stitching and a skirted base. It also features modern touches, such as the cordless edges of the seat cushions. With its clean lines and updated silhouette, this sofa exudes modern elegance!

Design Tips

A color palette built on grays with bold hues of magenta brings out the beauty of this sofa. The luxurious texture of the pewter hues of the rug sets the tone. For this design concept, the Jennifer sofa can be upholstered in a bold magenta weave or a neutral gray fabric. The Design Connection team chose pillow fabrics in rich shades of gray and magenta. I love this deep berry fabric in an Ikat print!  Pairing these with drapery in a silver metallic fabric completes the modern elegance feel of this space.

CR Laine 1950 Chester

The Chester, by CR Laine, is a unique and modern take on the Chesterfield sofa. It’s a great choice for casually elegant seating. The two-cushion styling allows for easy flipping and adjusting of the cushions.

Design Tips

This sofa looks best with a classic texture and fabric. Velvet is often the ideal fit – like these black herringbone or rust herringbone options. Adding contrasting throw pillows with strong patterns, like this large-scale tartan, gives the seating area personality. A black and while textured area rug ties the space together and adds dimension. A deep ebony finish on the sofa’s feet would be a stunning accent with this color palette!

Burton James 2220 Sectional

Sectionals are practical – they can seat more people for entertaining, and also serve as a cozy a spot for reading or relaxing. This sectional from Burton James brings a sophisticated, contemporary feel to comfortable and casual seating. I love the wood base and legs – they add unexpected dimension! 

A chaise lounge adds to this sofa’s versatility. At Design Connection, Inc., we’ve be seeing more versions of sectionals with chaise lounges – including two chaises with standard seating in between, or angled end seating for conversation flow among guests.

Design Tips

With larger seating like this sectional, it’s best to select neutral fabric, like the taupe, gray or beige selections in this color palette. Fabrics with color, pattern and texture are best used for accent pillows.

The rust herringbone fabric, coordinated with the mixed pattern fabric incorporating herringbone, are excellent choices for combining high use with high style.

A sofa table is a stylish touch to finish off this space. It’s important to match the sectional height to the table height to ensure that the look is both eye-pleasing and functional.


Burton James 2216 Select II Sofa

The Select II Sofa, from Burton James features a plinth base, which give the sofa height and definition. Its track arms are classic and simple, which makes this a very adaptable piece. The T-Base cushion design helps to keep the cushions in place.

Design Tips

The timeless design pairs perfectly with a statement area rug. This selection, blending blues, greens, oranges and taupe with a striking texture, is an eye-catching choice.

This sofa will look fabulous upholstered in a muted rust tone! Its plinth base adds contrast and transition between the rug and the sofa fabric. A pairing like this needs accents that balance the bold colors and textures of the rug. The Design Connection, Inc. team chose accent pillows in complementary patterns that pick up the colors of the rug.

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The Design Connection Inc. team hope that all of our clients, suppliers, partners and readers are staying well.

Our best to you all,

Arlene Ladegaard and the Design Connection, Inc. Team

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