Decor Disputes: Do You Prefer Matching Sofa Sets and Sectionals or Coordinating Pieces?

Matching sofa set vs. mismatched pieces.

People tend to have very strong opinions on this matter. Coordinating sofa sets and sectionals offer an instant sense of cohesion; choosing mismatched furniture, however, takes some extra planning. Which do you prefer? Click through for more examples of each style.   


Both images above use bright pops of color, but in very different ways. The blue sofas are very uniform, giving the space an easy elegance. The living room on the right uses the pink sofa as a guide for the rest of the room, adding other pops of pink to give the mismatched grouping an “intentional” feel. [Photos: Good Housekeeping, Decor Pad

Coordinating Sets & Sectionals:

A matching sofa set and a sectional.

The matching set in the left-hand photo above makes the room seem orderly and symmetrical, offering an air of calm and tranquility. The sectional on the right also lends a sense of symmetry, albeit in a different way. What do you think… are these rooms too matchy-matchy, or just right? [Photos: Paperbacks, West Elm Blog]

Mismatched Sofas:

Mismatched living room furniture.

The mismatched furniture above lends a certain energy to each room, making your eye bounce from piece to piece. In my opinion, the arrangements do still feel balanced despite the various colors and textures. What are your thoughts? Balanced, or too much going on? [Photos: Denise Briant Interiors, Apartment Therapy]

Personally, I’m drawn to the mismatched look… feel free to share your opinions in the comments section below!