Size and Contrast: 3 Top Tips for Choosing Cushions

With the following tips, anyone will be able to choose living room and bedroom cushions.
Size and Contrast: 3 Top Tips for Choosing Cushions

Last update: 12 January, 2019

In this post, we’ll give you some advice on how to choose cushions for your living room and bedrooms.

Cushions are must-have elements in every home. As we’ve already said many times before, you should always make sure to give your decorations and accessories the importance they deserve. Although it might not seem like it, they have a significant visual impact.

Pillows and cushions are no exception. They have loads of potential, as there are lots of different ways to combine them. Plus, you can change their covers depending on the time of year or to keep up with changing fashion trends. By doing this, you can actually give your room a mini makeover.

When it comes to arranging your cushions on your bed or sofas, you need to keep certain “rules” or criteria in mind. But before we get to that, it’s important to know how to choose them. In this next section, we’ll give you some advice on how to choose your cushions, paying attention to their size and how much contrast they create.

1 Pay attention to the color of your sofa

Cushions are normally used to decorate sofas and beds.

Paying attention to the color of your furniture is fundamental if you want to avoid creating a look that is garish or over the top. People usually place cushions on their sofas or beds, although sometimes you can also find them on armchairs, easy chairs, benches etc.

So, the first step is to think about the main colors of your bed or sofa. That way, the colors you choose will perfectly complement your bedding or sofa covers.

If they have a patterned design, the best thing to do is choose plain colored cushions or ones that have the same pattern as your bed or sofa.

This is the best way to avoid creating too much visual contrast. Instead, the result will be a balanced and harmonious look.

Similarly, you’ll need to think about the main colors in the room, whether it be the curtains, carpets, walls or other elements.

2 Decide how to arrange them

Arranging cushions on a two-seater sofa is not the same as arranging cushions on a chaise longue sofa or a double bed. The sizes you choose should be in proportion with the piece of furniture you want to decorate. Otherwise, you could end up with a 35-inch bed completely covered with enormous cushions, which would look a little overwhelming.

20 x 20-inch cushions are really versatile. These will work well in pretty much any space in your home. Obviously, you don’t need to have just one size; you simply need to make sure that they’re in proportion with the size of your bed or sofa. They should also work well with one another to help create a balanced look.

When it comes to buying cushions, you should try to buy a good variety, while still maintaining a sense of order. Combining different sizes will help create a more dynamic look. Remember to place the larger ones towards the back or to the sides, and then combine them with smaller ones.

3. Think about how many cushions you need

By lots of different sizes of cushions to create a more dynamic look.

The number of cushions you should use is actually closely related to the size. In general, we would recommend using pairs of cushions. Start at the outside and work your way in, beginning with the largest.

However, it’s best to place just a single cushion in the center to create a more unique look. You can use this layout for both beds and sofas.

Using this layout, you’ll be able to create great visual contrast. Choosing the right color and patterns will also help you to create the perfect look.

However, the size isn’t the only thing you’ll have to consider; you’ll also need to think about the shape. When it comes to the shape, we would recommend that you alternate between square and circular or rectangular. These shapes are all really easy to find, including in online stores.


As you’ve seen, it’s important to choose cushions according to certain rules. This involves paying attention to the dimensions, colors, and patterns of the area you want to decorate.

Rest and relaxation are very important – especially in our busy, modern lives – which is why it’s so important to create the perfect home environment.

You can do this with the help of complementary elements, such as cushions, throws, and rugs. There are lots of different options to choose from. You simply need to find the right one for your home.