Styling experts share their insider tricks for arranging sofa cushions perfectly every time

1. Armchairs

Whether you have a smaller living room or you want to create dynamic seating that can be moved around, living room accent chair ideas will create a cosy spot perfect for curling up with a book. And due to their more compact size, they're much easier to style up with a singular cushion.

'If you’re settling down on an armchair, you don’t need too many cushions to get cosy; one large cushion will suffice just fine,' adds James Rotheram

2. Window seats

Whether located in a living room, kitchen or even bedroom, a window seat is designed for stretching out and lounging around.

'For a window seat, I suggest opting for two small cushions, as well as one cosy textured pom pom cushion, as they should provide sufficient comfort without blocking the light and view from the window itself.'

3. 3 or 4-seater sofas

'Using too many cushions on a sofa can be impractical and sometimes overkill, whereas using too few can leave the furniture looking a little wanting and sparse resulting in some aching backs and sore bottoms,' advises visual merchandiser James.

'For a classic look on an average four-seater sofa, it’s best to go for a combination of two large square cushions in a plain colour positioned at the back.  You’ll then have the opportunity to play with patterns and colours by layering on two smaller square cushions in a vibrant design.'

4. L-shaped sofas

L-shaped are one of the most popular living room seating ideas, largely due to the space they provide for the whole family to lounge on. They're also easy to fit into most living rooms, allowing you to slot them into the corner of a room.

'Place the three large square cushions by both arms of the sofa or one towards the chaise depending on your sofa design. You can then add a smaller patterned cushion to accompany both of the larger cushions.'


Selecting cushions for your sofa can be a tricky task. With square, rectangular, round and even bolster cushions to choose from, where do you begin? And that's not to mention the plethora of colours, patterns and materials on the market.

'For many lounges, a neutral sofa is a great investment and can be kept up to date with scatter cushions in a variety of colours, patterns and textures,' advises Jemma Jaques, visual design lead at The Lounge Co.. 'We’d recommend looking through your favourite interiors magazine or online for inspiration and to keep the look coherent, choose a theme that will work throughout your room.'

'For a luxurious look that doesn’t need to shout, combine a palette of neutral shades such as cream, tan and grey – mix and match fabrics, add subtle patterns such as fine stripes or herringbone and try on-trend textures like bouclé or fringing.'

Follow us on Social Media