How to Match Cushions to Your Sofa Pt 1

While throw cushions can quickly revamp a room, it’s important that they complement the colour, style and size of your sofa.

Sofa cushions are the ultimate finishing touch of any interior space. They can differ in nearly every way: colour, texture, pattern and material, and yet they can meld together to form an impeccable harmony without sacrificing design integrity. If you need a little inspiration on how to match cushions to sofa, below is a simple guide to help you fashion your perfect couch setup.

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What colour is your sofa?

Often, not matching your cushions to your couch gives the scheme a less decorated and more organic vibe. Bold hues pop against a light canvas; the same way patterns stand out against a background of a solid colour.

That being said, with a plain light neutral or muted pastel coloured couch, you may want to opt for a bold cushion collection to spice up the look. However, it’s all right to build a collection of light neutral cushions around a muted sofa as long as both are in a colourway similar to each other, or if you’re using a variety of patterns and textures to produce an interesting toned-down and tactile finish.

Similarly, if the fabric of your seating is one-tone (whether white, beige, grey, navy or black), this is a great way to introduce patterned cushions. Throw in striking geometrical and floral shapes that you might not otherwise incorporate. If you’re working with a vibrant, crisp seating(pink, red, teal or green), you can either keep the colour palette constant by incorporating equally bold and bright cushions to give a sense of life and vivacity to the overall scheme — or choose something more subdued to contrast the vivid shade.

 What style is your sofa?

Wondering how to match cushions to sofa styles? A more contemporary sofa will get the most impact from cleaner neutral couch cushions in pairs of complementary shades. Finishes can be in very light to dark tones, sophisticated and well-designed.

A traditional and more structured sofa benefits from simple with no more than two different patterns at once, or solids of white, sandy beige, brown, navy or black with embellishments like fringe to lend a shot of timeless flair. Simple, versatile, stunning neutrals and soft pastel cushions offer a versatile approach to dressing a Scandinavian style couch.

A modern sofa can be adorned with geometric cushions in a monochromatic palette — think black and white prints on a black or navy couch. On the other hand, to deck out a sofa with an eclectic or retro profile, consider plenty of viable colour coordinates if you ever feel like getting wild. 

 

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What is the rest of your space like?

Cushions help pull all the other elements of the room together. Colour choice can be based on the look you’re trying to create and other items that make up the entire decor scheme: light fixtures, artwork, sofa, accessories and more. It’s a seldom considered aspect of how to match cushions to sofa designs.

If your room already has a lot of pattern play, say a patterned couch, dramatic curtains, or an area rug in an intricate print, take your cushion fabric down a notch.

Accessorise with cushions in colour tones that match or are more muted to suit the style, elegance and bravura of a formal interior space. If you’re dressing a casual, relaxed environment, you can be more playful with your colour choices — this could be a cohesive mix of solid bold hues and striking patterns. Pull this vibrant colour from surrounding patterned upholstery or decorative accessories.

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