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How to choose a cushion to complement your sofa

No living room is complete without some lovely soft furnishings to add colour, style and just a touch of luxury. Cushions are easily one of the best ways to do this –however, choosing the right ones for your living room isn’t always as simple as it sounds.

Whether you’re in need of some comfy cushions to make your TV marathons extra cosy or you want something embroidered (or even sequined!) for added glamour, we’ve put together a handy cushion buying guide that covers all the basics of choosing cushions that complement both your sofa and your needs. 

Why do I need sofa cushions?

This may seem like a silly question but how you answer it will make a huge impact on what type of cushions you end up purchasing. Do you want them to make your room look nice and to add a bit of colour? Or are you after some cushions that will serve a practical purpose?

If you’ve said yes to the latter, you’ll want to look at cushions that are a decent size and made of plush materials which will be soft and comfortable to lean on. Contrastingly, you’ll have more free-range over what styles you choose if your cushions are purely meant to be decorative.

What fabric should I choose for my cushions?

What material you opt for when it comes to cushions will depend on one of two things.

Firstly, your budget; as some fabrics such as velvet or faux fur can be a bit pricier than cushions made of plain cotton or a mixed material.

The second thing you’ll want to consider is what fabrics you’ve already got in your living room. For instance, it might be a little bit too much to place velvet cushions on a velvet chair. Or perhaps you have a more vintage style sofa (such as a Chesterfield) that would look better with a few knitted cushions rather than a modern graphic print.

 What colour cushions should I choose?

You might have already fallen in love with a gorgeous, brightly patterned pillow on our site – but have you thought about how it’ll look in your home? To avoid clashing, you’ll want to try to coordinate the colours of your cushions to the rest of your décor. It can sometimes be nice to mix and match by having one vibrant style and then a couple of plainer cushions in more neutral yet complementary shades.

If your living room looks fairly neutral at the moment, you may want to go for something a bit bolder. The same logic applies if you have a sofa that is all one colour or made of a duller material. Placing patterned cushions on a patterned sofa, on the other hand, can often look too busy and may be a style choice you come to regret.

Where should I place my cushions on my sofa?

Where you place your cushions and how many you decide to have will largely depend on the type of sofa you own. If you have a large squashy sofa, you’ll have ample room for multiple pillows of all shapes and sizes. Sofas that have harder backs or unpadded arms may benefit from larger 60cm x 60cm, rectangular or even bolster cushions to make them more comfortable.

If you own a loveseat, they tend to look best with just two to three smaller cushions. There’s also no use placing a huge cushion on a small armchair, either, as you won’t be able to sit down without having to remove it first.

How should I care for my cushions?

Once you’ve found the perfect cushions for your sofa, you’ll want to make sure you take care of them properly. Always look at the care instructions on their labels as you might find certain materials are dry clean or hand wash only.

If you have kids or pets, you’ll probably find it more practical to pick a cushion that’s made of cotton or polycotton which you can easily place in your washing machine in case of spillages or accidents.

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