Ways to match cushions to your sofa and your home | Josephine Testa

5 ways to match cushions to your sofa and your home

Which pillows are best?

Our guide

Do you want to create a neutral, relaxing vibe, or do you love different colour palettes? Once you know your preferred aesthetic, whether minimalist or more urban, you are already well on your way to choosing cushions for your sofa.


Cushions can breathe new life into a sofa

Here is how to choose them

Choosing pillows may seem like a small part of the decorating process, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. They are the best way to elevate a home: adding a pillow will invigorate and bring out the subtle design features in a space.

To make the most of its full potential, we’ve gathered some tips to simplify the styling process.

Your couch is a canvas

Scattering pillows in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures is the best way to personalise one of the most significant pieces of furniture in your home because it shows personality in a fun way, almost as if they were art objects.

Extra tips to not underestimate

The two sides of the sofa don’t have to match: interior designers often say that odd-numbered groups are best, so choose three, five or seven cushions, depending on the size.

Usually, a cream or grey sofa is the perfect neutral, the ultimate canvas for assembling cushions that express your style. If you like a natural palette, stick with the standard, but add personality with different textured cushions, tweeds, and tone-on-tone prints. If you’re not afraid to be daring, choose a colour and experiment with related shades. Or mix different colours that pick up on the vibes of other objects in the room.

Don’t neglect the armchair

Although they might not require cushions grouped together, armchairs are another great place to add them. The way to choose should be the same as for the sofa. If the seat is neutral and plain, the cushion design can become an accent.

Otherwise, if your sofa already has some major cushions, you can use the chair for more subdued, understated cushions to match your colour palette.


Consistency matters

When choosing sofa cushions, texture is essential; it adds depth, interest, and vibrancy. So, colours are important, but using a variety of textures can be even more so.

Take some time to choose cushions in different materials such as wool, cashmere, linen, silk, or velvet. Think about how all these fabrics have a different feel: some are smooth, and others are rough. You will get great pleasure from this nice mix of different textures.

Keep the season in mind

Nature is the best designer. So, if you need some beautiful sofa cushion ideas, look for inspiration outdoors. In autumn, mix pillows in warm reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. In summer, switch to pillow covers with prints in shades of blue. Spring calls for pastel colours, and winter is the time to incorporate heavier fabrics.

In the end, getting help with some tips is essential, but the most inspiring thing is experimenting.

Every home is different, so have fun with pillow styling and find what looks best on you; mix and match colours, prints, shapes, and materials until you get a look you are happy with. Just remember not to “crowd” your sofa, as you risk not leaving the right amount of space for lounging. So, remember to always leave a little breathing room.



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