After today, you never have to worry again how to choose cushions for your sofa. I will show you 4 fail proof steps to follow.
Yes, you still need to be able to decide if the colours match, but you can even ask the shop assistant or your know-it-all friend to help you with that. However, the process on choosing them will now be your strong point. (And you might even sound very design savvy in the shop…) After the four steps, I will show you two examples on how to do it!
1. CHOOSE TWO MAIN FAVOURITE CUSHIONS
Start with the cushion you first fell in love with and definitely want on your sofa. Yes, it has to match the tonal colours of your home, but I’m sure you already use the same tone you love throughout your home. These two cushions should be friends. They must have the same colour tones. You probably won’t put them next to each other every day, so don’t think they look “too busy” together. You will add other cushions with them, to make it all work together.
2. ADD ONE CUSHION WITH A PATTERN REFERRAL
In other words, if your main cushions have geometric patterns, or circles, or squares, try to add a cushion that also has something with that pattern. It is important not to overdo it. This cushion’s pattern should be lighter, softer and less dramatic. (When you look at the examples below, you will understand exactly what I mean!) This cushion should not be colourful, but very toned down, so that the pattern can be the hero.
3. ADD PLAIN COLOURS
Now pull out at least two colours from your main cushions. Do not focus on the bright colours, but try to work with the background or lighter colours. Your main cushions are already the feature, you do not want your plain colours to overpower them and make the cushion display too busy. I normally stick to greys, black, linen or soft pastels.
4. ADD TEXTURE
Your last cushion must be the one with “personality”. Go for something with texture (e.g. ribbed or buttoned) or find a different shaped or size cushion. This will break the “same-same” look of your cushion display.
Now let’s look at two examples:
You can follow this method with any style, colour or trend. This is not the only correct way, but it will definitely help those that feel overwhelmed and stuck and don’t know where to start. Sometimes it’s just important to follow a fool proof process. Now it’s just for you to make sure that you do try and choose the colours wisely! Luckily most shops stock cushions that do work well together. You might find that it will be easier if you buy the cushions for step 1 and 2 at the same shop. For step 3 and 4 you can become more adventurous!
Let us know if these steps helped you!
Until next time,