How to arrange cushions like a pro

A gret sofa with purple and blue cushions in all different shapes and sizes

Cushions can certainly add their magic to any room; they lend a comfy and cosy touch to a sofa, and add hugely to the overall style of your space. It’s easy to spot cushions that you love, but not as easy to arrange them to best suit your desired look. Below, we dive into the different cushion arrangements, hoping to inspire you to turn your room from basic into something bold and refreshing. It’s not as difficult as you’d imagine!

The 2-1 cushion arrangement

Neutral sofa with cushions in soft blues and pinks

Many people enjoy the simplicity of displaying a few cushions on the sofa; and this is a perfect arrangement for achieving a minimalist look. It consists of two cushions placed on one end of the couch; this could be a larger cushion in block colour acting as a base, and a slightly smaller one in front — and a single cushion placed on the other end of the sofa. Subtle patterns and varied textures can be introduced with this cushion arrangement for a timeless elegance. For a laidback look, you may want to choose cushions in a matching or similar colour to the couch. Alternatively bold geometric prints in contrasting colours to the sofa keeps things lively and adds visual interest.

Double sides arrangement

A grey sofa in a living room with a standard 2 2 cushion arrangement

An effortless arrangement that builds from two large cushions placed on either side of the couch and an addition of front cushions on each side. Start at the end of the sofa with larger cushions, 50cm x 50cm in size — and work your way in with slightly smaller 45cm x 45cm cushions up against the larger ones. The smaller cushions in strikingly detailed patterns accentuate the larger block cushions which offer a more grounded and relaxed look. However, a pair of identical cushions keeps things elegant and modern. This placement is perfect to impart a sense of symmetry and order without cluttering the sofa.

Balanced cushion arrangement

Grey sofa with velvet purple and floral cotton linen cushions

This arrangement includes two cushions on each side of the sofa plus a feature in the centre. This is a common arrangement of cushions which gives a finished look to a sofa. It consist of two large cushions as the base, two slightly smaller ones overlapping the two outer cushions, and an additional cushion in the centre that could be smaller in size or different in shape depending on your taste. With this kind of arrangement, play with colour, patterns and textures for an interesting and appealing layered look.

Central cushion arrangement

A grey sofa with 5 cushions in all different textures

Cushions don’t always have to be confined to the ends of the sofa — a little change in placement adds variation to your décor. To work this arrangement, place cushions slightly away from the ends of the sofa. For a more relaxed and aesthetically pleasing look, try grouping cushions in odd numbers; for instance, a group of three or five cushions. Equal numbers of cushions work equally well and offer a more organized and anchored feeling to the decor scheme. Centralized cushions create a more structured look on sofas that are too small to accommodate multiple arrangements or too long for arrangements at either end.

Separated trio arrangement

A grey sofa with 6 cushion sin purple, pink and yellow colour palette

You may be particularly attracted to this arrangement if you like everything neat, composed and in its place. This arrangement is a great way to incorporate six cushions on your couch; with three on each side. It allows you the freedom to enjoy different colours, patterns and textures, as long as each pair matches the other. Start with the largest cushions at the back, then work your way in, adding pairs of smaller cushions as you go along. The look can be a bit spontaneous by using one feature cushion in a different shape, size and fabric to bring in varied textures and avoid a monotonous finish.

The uneven cushion arrangement

Neutral sofa with blue and grey pastel cushions

For those wanting to add a bit of drama by using varying cushion sizes, colours and textures, then this may be the perfect arrangement for your sofa. It includes three cushions on one end of the sofa, two cushions on the other end and a single cushion placed in the centre. The smaller cushions are placed at the front hence they can be the most elaborate with their design. Having at least one cushion from the group with a colour or fabric that references your couch creates unity. To add depth to this arrangement, include cushions in different textures such as fur and velvet for a truly sumptuous look.

Different shapes arrangement

A gret sofa with purple and blue cushions in all different shapes and sizes

This arrangement is more spontaneous as it consists of cushions with different shapes and sizes to create an exciting cushion cocktail. Placed in a way you would a gallery wall; nothing is off limits with this arrangement. The arrangement highlights the cushions individuality and geometric strengths and works effortlessly in odd numbers. Pair cushions in different textures such as velvet, linen, and fur, with different sizes and shapes for extra dimension and depth. You may also include fabrics in contrasting designs with your sofa as way of making an intriguing visual statement and adding character.