8 Great Ways to Arrange Cushions on Your Sofa

14 April, 2020
The way we arrange cushions on our sofa says a lot about our personality and our tastes. In this article, we're going to share with you eight ways you can do this.
 

Let’s explore one of the most common elements of any living room – the cushions. We shouldn’t overlook this indispensable accessory. However, when it comes to arranging cushions on our sofa, we don’t always do it right. We sometimes think we should have an abundance of cushions, but that’s not always the case.

Knowing how to arrange cushions on your sofa is an art! In addition to having a practical function, they are visually attractive. Depending on their color and texture, or the contrast with other objects in the living room, they can even function as the focal point.

The way you arrange cushions says a lot about your personality.

With that being said, you must treat them as an important element. By themselves, new cushions can change the look of an entire room.

Cushions are a powerful element in interior decoration. In this article, we’re going to discuss several ways to arrange cushions correctly.

1. For minimalist spaces

Cushion arrangements for minimalist spaces.

These spaces don’t need much. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have cushions on your sofa at all. You can arrange a couple on your sofa. Choose them carefully, as they should match the other objects and decorations in the room.

 

The most minimalist space simply requires arranging the cushions next to each other, leaving a proportionate space between them. This will give you the sophisticated look you’re seeking.

2. Arrange cushions in eclectic rooms

A wild combination of cushions of different colors and sizes.

Here, we go to the other extreme. Eclectic decor requires layers and layers of cushions on the sofa. You can mix different fabrics and prints.

This type of arrangement is all about texture. Almost anything goes, as long as the fabrics are chosen so that several of the cushions can be visually matched by pattern or color.

The eclectic style is perfect for adding texture to the cushions through trimmings, fringes, tassels, and braids. The fabrics must be different, but they must follow a coherent common theme.

3. Symmetrical and balanced arrangement

Cushions in a symmetrical arrangement
 

This is a perfect type of arrangement with a classic style that always achieves great results. If you don’t want to take a risk, or if you need to give your living room balance, this is the ideal combination.

A balanced cushion arrangement requires pairs. That is at least two identical pairs of cushions and a different central one. Start at the ends of the sofa, adding a matching cushion to each side of the pair until you reach the center. This is where you will place the last cushion, the odd one in the group.

4. Central provision

The center cushion is the odd one out.

Not all cushion arrangements cover the arms of the sofa. For smaller sofas, this placement is perfect to make them look longer and lighter. You can also use it on sofa beds that don’t have arms.

The perfect central arrangement combination is made with three cushions, placed in a row and slightly overlapping. This arrangement also works very well with more cushions in even numbers.

5. Cushion arrangement by trios

Three cushions arranged at the end of sofa
 

This is a timeless, classic, perfect, and very formal arrangement. You’ll use the mirror technique to arrange the cushions on the sofa. By using this method, you’ll have two trios of cushions on each side of the sofa that is the replica of each other.

This is another way to create symmetry and bring balance to the room, which also transfers to your state of mind. You can try something more informal by mixing textures and colors.

6. Arrange cushions using alternate patterns

Alternating cushion patterns

Here, you focus on the cushion fabrics. You mix cushions with a printed and geometric pattern whose colors match the fabric of the rest of the cushions or are identical to the fabric of the sofa. That is, two fabrics that complement each other, one plain and the other with a pattern.

You arrange the cushions in an alternate sequence. You can place as many cushions on the sofa as you want, starting at the ends. Although, for the composition to be more balanced, consider limiting the number of cushions to three and three, or three and two on each side of the sofa.

7. Different shapes of cushions

Cushions of different patterns are placed side by side.
 

This composition focuses on cushions of different shapes. The most classic combination is made with square and rectangular cushions. The rectangular cushions are arranged with the smaller side as the base on the sofa.

The objective is to create compositions resembling an art room, with the cushions doubling as exposed paintings. This type of sophisticated arrangement only requires a pair of cushions centered like pictures.

8. Individual arrangements

Matching cushions placed side by side on a small sofa

This type of arrangement is very formal and gives a very professional and refined appearance to the decoration of your living room. It is perfect for leather sofas with straight and structured lines.

All cushions in this style will be identical, large, and in a tone that contrasts with the color of the sofa. One is placed on each seat of the sofa, maintaining the same distance between them.