Give your sofa a new lease of life with these stylish ideas

One of the quickest and budget-savvy ways to transform the look of your living-room sofa is with a good mix of decorative cushions. Whether you love a plain, velvet cover or colourful painterly design, we know you’ll be inspired by these five ideas.

Follow a trend 

A neutral sofa with yellow and green cushions with a spring theme

Image: Good Homes/Dan Duchars

Make the most of this look by sticking to one base theme, such as florals, geometrics or stripes, then use different-shaped cushions with varying prints and shades of the same colour to create interest.

Go for comfort & style

 Coral panelling in a Easter-themed living room with neutral sofa and pink and yellow cushions

Image: Good Homes/Andrew Boyd

Consider the shape, size and colour of your sofa before choosing cushions - a neutral-coloured one works well with most patterns and tints. Place oversized, square cushions at regular intervals to create depth and mix plain with patterned. Remember, your aim is to create a place to relax and rest your head, as well as an admiring display.

Create a strong base

Blue panelling with velvet blue sofa, brass accents and shades of blue cushions

Image: Good Homes/Andrew Boyd

Start off with two matching cushions in a solid colour; position these at the two outer edges of your sofa to create symmetry. Then arrange two smaller ones, in complementary shades and shapes in front towards the centre of the sofa.

Layer your selection

Grey sofa with a mix of coral and tangerine coloured cushions, decorated with half-walled yellow panelling and spotty wallpaper,

Image: Good Homes/Mark Scott

If you want your sofa to look styled and sophisticated, rather than relaxed and comfy, the trick is to layer up around five to seven cushions in different prints of similar shades. Display cushions along the full length of your sofa and complete the look with a smaller rectangular one at the front, in the middle.

Go bold with pattern 

Bright, pink sofa with painterly pink and blue cushions, against a blue panelled wall with peg rail and hanging pictures

Image: Good Homes/Joanna Henderson

The secret to mixing strong prints together is stick to a cohesive theme, such as the painterly designs on this cushion arrangement. You can also introduce ‘cushion chopping’, the stylist’s trick to shaping your cushions so they look more inviting – simply plump up and literally karate chop, choose a subtle V or a softer one – choice is yours!

 

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