Choosing and Styling Cushions

by Kim Richards

Choosing and Styling Cushions

One of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to get an instant update to your interior space, particularly your lounge, is by adding or updating your cushions.  Couches without cushions look really bare and cold, but with a few of the right cushions you not only add a feeling of comfort to your lounge, but also interest and depth. There are no hard and fast rules, however here are just a few ideas. 

Bare couch

First and foremost, invest in some good cushion inners as these will last a lifetime, and you can just update your space from time to time by changing the covers. Cushion inners with natural fillings such as feather or down will hold their shape and look more plush.


Different shape and sized cushions

 

 

 

Mix up the sizes and shapes Whether you prefer a more formal or relaxed style, it’s a good idea to have cushions of different sizes, and perhaps even shapes.

 

Choosing the cushion covers

This is the most important part, is choosing the right combination of cushions covers. You want to make sure the cushions are not too matchy-matchy, or alternatively the complete opposite where there is a sense of chaos.

You want to tie it all together to create a sense of flow and balance, but how do you do this?

 

My approach would be to first consider the broader space / room – the couches, art work, the accessories, the rugs. Consider the colours, patterns and textures you already have in the room. You want to be able to draw on these elements and create some subtle repetition and balance. 

Here they have chosen green cushions to complement the green plants, but also the pattern on the middle cushion is a fun way to create balance/repetition with the plants. 

When choosing your cushions, you definitely want to use a mixture of different coloured cushions, but also different textures and patterns to create interest. 

 

To create balance and a sense of harmony you can try a few of these combinations: 

 


 

How many cushions and how to style them

How many cushions do you need? Well, this really depends on the look you are going for and of course the size of the couch. Generally, a three seater should have around 5 – 6 cushions, a two seater up to 4 and a one seater, 1 cushion.

With regards to the look you are trying to achieve, if you prefer a more formal feel, then use even number of cushions and match the cushions with their patterns, sizes, and colours which will give a sense of being organised and composed.

formal styling cushions

 

For a more relaxed look, then an odd number of cushions works well. You can still achieve good balance in a room without everything being symmetrical.

When styling the cushions, always start from the outside and work your way in. Place the larger cushions at the ends of the couch and work your way inwards with the smaller ones.

As with all styling, try a few different options, be brave and you're sure to find the right mix and balance.

 


Kim Richards


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