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Ask a Designer: What Sectional Should I Put by My Bay Windows?

Here, we bring your home design questions straight to the experts—interior designers.

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Washingtonian’s “Ask a Designer” series takes readers’ home design questions and conundrums directly to the experts—interior designers. Struggling to find the best kid-friendly rug for your mudroom? Looking for a desk to fill an awkward space? Need exterior paint recs? Send your questions to mmontgomery@washingtonian.com and we’ll get them answered. 

“I have a large bay window and am struggling to find a couch/layout that suits the giant space. I’m currently looking for a massive sectional that will go against the long wall.” -Siri Bulusu

Photo via Siri Bulusu.
Photo via Siri Bulusu.
Photo via Siri Bulusu.

We asked Catonsville interior designer Laura Hodges of Laura Hodges Studio to give her advice:

“This is a great space and I love the bay window! Instead of a sectional, I would actually consider a long, comfortable sofa with a deep seat and a mix of throw pillows. I would flank the sofa with wood end tables for table lamps and then ground the space with a large area rug big enough to slide under all four legs of the sofa. An oval wood coffee table or upholstered ottoman would work well in front of the sofa, and then I would create a lovely spot for reading or conversation in front of the bay window with two upholstered armchairs.

“Rugs really help to create more intimate areas within a larger space, so I would add another rug in the dining area. A couple of shelves above the desk and artwork above the sofa would help the space feel more finished.”

Mimi Montgomery Washingtonian
Home & Features Editor

Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. She’s written for The Washington Post, Garden & Gun, Outside Magazine, Washington City Paper, DCist, and PoPVille. Originally from North Carolina, she now lives in Del Ray.