A simple Guide to Styling with Cushions

A Simple Guide To Styling With Cushions

Do you struggle with how to style cushions on your sofa or bed?

How many should I use?
What colour and sizes should I use?
Is there such a thing as too many cushions?

Styling with Cushions can instantly transform a room, but there are so many shapes, colours, patterns and textures to choose from, it can be surprisingly confusing to get the look just right.

To help you freshen up your living space here are our top tips for styling with cushions!

Selecting Your Cushions

When it comes to choosing the right cushions, a few base solid-colour cushions is a great way to get started, you can then add one or two tones and see what works best in your existing space.

If you’re not too adventurous with colour, but you also want variety, look at just one shade in a few different patterns or textures – it’s a brilliant way to give a room interest without worrying about different colours.

Setting The Mood With Cushions

When styling with cushions you can mix and match any pattern together so long as there is a link in colour. This will heighten the look and add depth.

Multiple layers & textures of cushions brings a feeling of luxury.

On the other end of the scale, if you are after a more casual look, mix and match white, natural, and soft grey with subtle striped linen cushions, for a more relaxed feel.

Vary Cushion Shape and Size

Having all your cushions in the same regimented size can look very formal.

Combine cushions of different sizes and shapes such as square, round or oblong to create a homely and welcoming look.

The Best Cushion Placement

The rule of thumb is to ensure that the choice of fabric and colours of your cushions are highlighted by placing the biggest cushion at the back, through to the smallest at the front. By placing the larger cushions behind a scattering of mid-size to smaller cushions, you create a visual balance and nice aesthetic which gives you the opportunity to incorporate some texture and pattern contrast.

Quick and Easy Update With Cushions

Once you have your good mix of neutral prints and solids, you can easily keep up with the latest trends by swapping out one or two cushions in line with the season’s latest colour palette.

It’s amazing how just changing up a couple of cushions will keep a room feeling fresh and up to date, and you won’t have to swap out every cushion on your sofa.

Creating A Soft Haven

The best inserts for a cushion are feather, as they mould to your body and have a soft, pillow-like feel.

Feather inserts are also the best for creating that perfect ‘karate chop’ look. Simply give each cushion a ‘karate chop’ in the top-mid section to create a crease in them – this will make them seem more lived in and loved. It will also help to break up uniform shapes, and unite cushions of different colours, sizes and patterns.

Choosing The Right Materials For Your Lifestyle

While it might be tempting to choose synthetic fabrics that are cheap and wipe clean easily, choosing materials without nasty chemicals in them should be the priority.  If you have kids, think about how often they’ll be snuggling up to these cushions.

Go for natural fibres that breathe, like linens or 100% cotton, which will keep you cool when the temperature rises. Both are very gentle and are still washable and easily spot cleaned.

What’s The Perfect Number Of Cushions?

How many cushions should I place on my bed or sofa? I wish there was a straightforward answer to that often-asked question.

Some people think that too many cushions are visually overwhelming or too much effort to remove each night when it’s time to go to bed and then restyle again in the morning. Others feel that a room can look under styled if there are too few cushions, although this can work well for contemporary or minimalist homes.

As a rule of thumb when styling with cushions, more are needed for larger sofas or big wider beds, so they don’t look under dressed. If you want to use lots of decorative cushions, then go with a limited colour palette so it doesn’t overwhelm the room and instead choose fabrics with different textures to add visual interest.

If you are styling an occasional chair one cushion is usually enough, although you can use a larger square cushion at the back and then a lumbar (oblong) cushion at the front for an inviting cosy look.


So, while there is no “perfect number”, you can use these tips as a guideline, but I believe everyone’s personal space should be designed the way they like it.  All in all, a new set of cushions will make a major impact to your room, without breaking the bank.

Oh, and to clear up one of the questions asked earlier:
“We believe there is no such thing as too many cushions!”

Peruse our range of Pure French Linen Cushions and add a pop of eye-catching colour, or tone things back with neutrals. Our Cushion Covers are available separately, or you can choose to include a premium feather filled insert to create that comfy pillow-like feel & the perfect “karate chop”.

“Happy Styling”

Michelle XO

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