How To Choose Cushions and Pillows

Cushions can add personality and insert new life into your home.


This sofa features out Renewal Collection

How to choose cushions for your sofa

  1. Identify your favourite colour palette.
  2. Decide on the number of cushions you want to add.
  3. Choose a variety of shapes and sizes.
  4. Play around with different textures and material.
  5. Arrange them aesthetically .

Step 1: Identify your favourite colour palette

When choosing cushions for your space, the trick is to pull in existing colours you wish to highlight; that is, colours that complement your artwork, soft furnishings and furniture pieces.

Step 2: Decide on the number of cushions you want to add

When deciding on the number of cushions, think generous, abundant and luxurious! Decide on the style you intend for your room and let that inform if you want an even or odd number of cushions.

For a more traditional look, stick with an even number of cushions to keep the symmetrical. Odd numbers tend to be more artful and best suited for modern or eclectic styles. Try a single cushion for a one seater sofa and five cushions for a three seater sofa.

This chaise features our Lightness of being Collection

Step 3: Choose a variety of shapes and sizes

Sticking to the same shapes and sizes can look a bit clinical and boring. If you are looking to add depth and visual interest, then variation will give your space the lift it needs.

A simple way to achieve a coordinated look would be to choose a couple of larger 55cm x 55cm  block coloured squares that contrast with the colour of your sofa, then add a few stylish outliers — patterned and slightly smaller, say 45cm x 45cm.

Step 4: Play around with different textures and material

Colour and size aren’t the only interest that cushions can offer to your design scheme. Adding bright textures and fabrics can emphasise other material in the room and enhance its quality.

Combining material and textures to complement existing furnishings can add instant warmth and a harmonious blend to your decor.

Step 5: Arrange them aesthetically

There are no hard and fast rules about how to display cushions but there are a few basic concepts you can use to get the most from your collection. Remember arrangement is all about layering.

Try using odd numbers of cushions — starting with the larger cushions at the back and working the smaller ones to the front. For large sofas, try a couple on each side and one or two in the middle so that each part of the sofa has a colour to it.

The key is to keep experimenting with different arrangements until you find what you like. Once you have your look covered, all that’s left to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the comfort of your new cushions!

 This chaise features our Ascension Collection