The pillow placement that Casandra is referencing in her question came from the styling suggestions I shared in the Design Guide below. The design guide post, which has been pinned over 2500 times outlines the do’s and don’t to styling a traditional sectional.
I didn’t go into styling an oversized sofa like the one that Casandra has so we’ll talk about that today. Sectional sofas come in many different sizes and can even be custom-made to fit your room dimensions. The most important tip I would share when it some to dealing with an extra-large sectional is to pay attention to the proportions of the accessories and furniture that surround it. The pillows should accent the sectional and provide additional visual interest, color and/or texture.
DO: The living room below shows the ideal way pillows should be placed on a large sectional. Lillian August for the 2012 Hampton Designer Showhouse via Blulabel Bungalow Because a sectional sofa is a large rectangular shape and sits in a rectangular or square room, I’d suggest mixing in a round and/or oblong shaped pillow for visual contrast or even trying a larger size pillows mixed with smaller sizes on the ends of the sofa. The bulk and girth of a square coffee table is a better balance against a large sectional and its overall dimensions. Just like with pillows, introducing a round shape into the room provides a contract to the straight lines of the sofa and takes the focus off the table being a different scale than the sectional.