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Balance Out the Big, Comfy Couch
Overstuffed sofas have gone the way of sponge-painted walls, but they're not as easy to get rid of. If you aren't ready to invest in a new sofa, take a look at the other items in your living room. You need just a few big pieces to even it out. "A coffee table in the same scale and a few sleek, modern pieces—maybe a side table or a floor lamp—can freshen things up," Naiman explains. Just beware of tchotchkes: "Little accessories will only make this sofa seem bigger, and it'll make the items seem bitsy and cluttered."