1. Never match your scatter cushions to your sofa
If your sofa came with a few matching scatter cushions then please donate them to charity straight away! Your cushions should pull together all the colours and patterns in your room and by having some that match your sofa, you will end up with a room that is void of character. Scatter cushions are where you can have fun with colours, patterns and textures so use your own personal style to create a funky and fashionable collection.
2. Identify your colour palette
Most people suggest using a paint colour fan deck to keep your colours with you when you are out shopping. However, as more and more people are buying scatter cushions online, we suggest using online colour swatches such as those found on websites such as the Colour Gallery at Dulux. Use these swatches to identify two to three central colours in your room, this will become your colour palette. You will need to keep this close when choosing your scatter cushions online. They only need to have one of these colours somewhere in them to carry this central theme through. You might have one or two solid colours and then a few with patterns that have elements of your colours in them. Keep in mind though that some colours will clash. There are some fabulous yellow cushions around at the moment and some gorgeous purple ones too but put these together and the result if often an assault on the eyes!
3. The amount of scatter cushions you choose depends on the style of room you are going for
If you are going for a more traditional look then stick with an even number of scatter cushions. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is to choose two matching solid square colours and put these in each corner of your sofa. Then, choose two smaller matching patterned cushions and place these in front of the other two. If the style of your room is more modern or eclectic, then it’s best to opt for an odd number. For a three seater sofa, you can go for five completely different scatter cushions as long as you stay true to your colour palette. With so much choice on offer it might be hard to stop!
4. Mix up the size and shape of your cushions
People often think that their collection should all be the same shape and size, however some of the most effective arrangements are those that combine different combinations of these. One of our favourite arrangements with scatter cushions is the 2-1-2. Choose two solid coloured larger scatter cushions that pull together the different tones in your room. Then, select some slightly smaller ones with different patterns but similar colour palettes to sit on front of these. Finish off your arrangement with a small rectangular cushion in the middle that is patterned with similar tones as your two solids.
5. Experiment with different textures
There are so many different ways to decorate with scatter cushions and one of them is through the use of texture. You may prefer to carry one colour through your whole collection such as a subtle neutral colour. If you select a range of brown coloured cushions then with a wide variety of texture, you can create a deep textual effect. If you’d like more information about this then read our fabric guide for throw cushions article. It’s easy to find scatter cushions online with a range of different fabrics.
6. Use your cushions to set the style and tone of your room
Scatter cushions can absolutely transform a room so it’s important to take a good look at your space before you select them. A bright splash of colour can add an excellent contrast to an otherwise melancholy decor and become the centrepiece of a once bleak room. Bold prints and patterns really dominate and transform the style of a room. Be careful not to add patterns or colours into an already colourful room as the result may be overwhelming. If you have a large bright area then darker scatter cushions will recede the room and make it feel cosier. Match these to your curtains to make the room appear smaller and more intimate. Dark red, maroon, plum or navy colours are a good choice here.
7. Change your scatter cushions with the seasons
One of the cheapest and easiest ways to change the style of your room is to match your cushions with the seasons. Spring and Summer call for bright colours such as yellow, orange and bright green. Florals are also an excellent selection for these seasons and there are so many varieties to choose from. Autumn and Winter call for darker, Earthier tones and more sombre colours such as maroon, navy and dark green can work really well in partnership with what’s happening outside.