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How to style cushions – it's easy when you know how

Sometimes it’s good to throw out the rule book, but in the case of cushions there are a few to follow

What’s a sofa without a gorgeous cushion arrangement? Not only do cushions add an extra element of comfort, but they offer you to the chance to ring the changes. Think of them as the jewellery of the interiors world – allowing you to dress up or dress down your home as the mood takes you.

 

Surprisingly, it can be rather overwhelming when it comes to choosing cushions. Is there such a thing as too many? Does size matter? Casual or formal? The list is endless, so we thought it was worth exploring a few rules. We don’t normally like to dictate at Linwood, but we hope the following will help tailor your ideas.


No1: How to arrange cushions on a sofa

Omega Velvet | Linwood

 

The first big question… how many cushions? Sofas are designed for sitting and too many cushions can create a comfort-free zone, so proceed with care. However, don’t skimp; there’s nothing worse than one or two tiny cushions on a sofa – it just looks mean spirited. On the above Omega velvet sofa, we choose a classic mix of large cushions (50cm by 50cm) and added smaller cushions for the front. Mixing and matching different sized cushions in such a fashion stops things looking too formulaic. Another option is to have two generous cushions in each corner; it’s a classic look but one that has stood the test of time. You can easily add to the arrangement when you spot a new favourite. If you prefer something more lived-in, try moving them away from the arms and grouping them in odd numbers rather than pairs. And sometimes less is more… when dressing a two-seater or loveseat one beautiful cushion in the centre is all you need.

 

No2: Mix colour and pattern

Linwood Cushions

 

Our new collection of cushions celebrate two things Linwood is renowned for: colour and pattern. Use different combinations to create different moods and remember the great thing about a cushion is you can move it easily. Lots of different cushions can look fun mixed up on a plain sofa – turning a blank canvas into a work of art – but what looks like a casual, thrown together look always has a common style thread. Here, cushions – from top, clockwise: Fawkes, Java, Bukhara and Fez  look stunning because the palette is similar in tone, each design is piped and all our made from the same material, velvet. If you follow at least two of these suggestions, it will allow you to have fun, safe in the knowledge your choice of cushions will work as a whole.

 

No3: Don’t ignore cushion inners

Otto Cushion | Linwood

 

The importance of the correct cushion inner should never be underestimated. All our cushions, from Otto shown above to the other designs within our new collection, have eco-friendly down and feather fillings to ensure they are super comfy. To plump your cushions add a 'karate chop' in the centre to create a crease – it will make them feel lived in and loved. And while we are being practical, let’s touch upon placement. Cushions should be placed on their bottoms not on their corners, and always with their zips hidden. It may sound rather pedantic, but as with many things in life it really does make a difference.

 

No4: Cushion colour combinations

Juno | Linwood

 

Select shades of cushions that match your existing scheme to create a sense of calm; or dare to be bold and play with pops of colour. For this corner sofa, we choose small cushions in the same fabric as the sofa, Mantis from Juno, but we covered the back in a bold Omega Lemon velvet; it’s a daring mix but one that works well. Remember consistency is key. Colourwise, it’s best to use colours that are close in tone, either opting for bright or muted. If you have a sofa covered in a semi-plain fabric or a pattern, a plain cushion is always the smartest option – there’s no need to over complicate things and you don’t want to distract from the natural beauty of your sofa. There can only be one star of the show, after all.

 

 No5: Bedroom scatter cushions

The Wave | Linwood

 

Now, we aren’t suggesting that you have hundreds of bedroom cushions – nobody wants the hassle of arranging lots every morning, but one or two beautiful scatter cushions can transform a scheme. Keep things simple – the neutral palette of off-whites is the perfect palette for a bedroom, but the addition of The Wave cushion in Mineral stops things becoming too safe. Taking its inspiration from an archive document, this velvet cushion has an elegant tonal design featuring undulating waves. If you favour a little more colour, think about our new velvet Crystal cushion with its blocks of fresh colour. It’s backed and piped in daring Cobalt blue from our Juno collection; we love mixing fabrics such as linen and velvet for added interest.

 

No6: Little extras

Butterfly Palm | Linwood

 

Cushions most obvious role is to make you feel comfortable, but they also needs to be the best version of themselves. The flourish of a fringe or piping always creates a richer feel. Here’s our wonderful Butterfly Palm range with its lush, exotic foliage piped in contrasting bold hues. From front: Maize piped in Seagreen linen, Lago in Cactus linen and Electric in a rather fun Coral linen. The print is rather gorgeous on its own, but the addition of zingy cushion piping takes it to another level.

 

Whichever way you choose to style your cushions, don’t underestimate their impact. They offer an easy update: adding colour, pattern and interest within seconds. It’s worth the effort, as we all know, one of the joys of life is relaxing with the newspapers or watching a favourite film at the weekend with lots of extra-large sofa cushions for support.


The range of velvet cushions offered by Linwood is now available to buy online; all designed and made in the UK.