How to Arrange Cushions Like a Pro

Spring is the perfect time to give your home a fresh look for the warmer months. One of the easiest ways to create a completely different look in a room is to introduce new cushions to sofas and armchairs. Cushions play an important role in any space where they feature heavily so it’s really important to choose combinations carefully. Here are three of our favourite seasonal arrangements that are easy to recreate at home in your own drawing room, sitting room or snug.

For a drawing room

Create a chic look that’s perfect for a more formal setting with this timeless mix of florals and geometrics. Start with two larger cushions at the back and then work your way to the front. We’ve used a blue embroidered velvet Trellis cushion on one side and a green Check block print on the other. Using different colours here helps to balance the tones in the prints at the front of the arrangement.

For the next layer we’ve combined four cushions - three of which are printed and one with a woven stripe. All of the prints are different yet they share a common visual thread which is key to unifying the final look. The Stripe cushion at the very front balances the ‘heavy’ velvet cushion at the back and links across to the Floral Stripe and Check prints.

This arrangement includes lots of different trims which is a great way to create an authentic look that doesn’t look overly styled. Ruffles and ric rac are bang on trend but also feel very nostalgic. Piping is a classic finish that also gives a useful structure to the final arrangement. 

For a snug

This combination is perfect for a well-used snug or cosy den. The balanced arrangement is comfortable and easy to swap around depending on how the sofa is being used. The soft colours and foliate designs are fresh and bright so this would be a great combination in a room that lacks natural light.

Start from the back with a Trellis Embroidered Velvet and Leaf Embroidered cushion. Again, go for complimentary tones rather than matching as this will help to balance the next set of prints. Use a Rectangular Check cushion in the middle to provide plenty of support across the back of the sofa. For crucial asymmetry finish the arrangement with a Square Magnolia Bud cushion on one side and a Rectangular Magnolia Panel cushion on the other. As both of these designs are finished with a ric rac trim they harmonise perfectly with the statement scalloped edge on the Check cushion behind. 

The versatile arrangement

This arrangement works well in almost any setting. Use it to inject new-season freshness into a formal or casual room. As this combination is essentially two groups of nearly (but not quite!) matching cushions it works very well on longer sofas or can easily be compressed for a smaller piece of furniture.

For this arrangement we’ve opted for patterned cushions at the back to bring in plenty of interest and texture. The floral prints make a very pleasing pair yet have enough contrast to keep the look contemporary. The next layer pairs a green Check with a Leaf Embroidery - these cushions share the same contrast piping which is a subtle way to link the two together. The final cushions are the same shape and size but use very different fabrics and colours. This almost ‘clash’ puts the finished look firmly in the 21st century and creates bold yet timeless statement.

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