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Scatter cushions for your home

Does your living room look a bit old and tired? Living rooms often become a dumping ground for 'stuff' and the continual wear and tear can make them look a little dowdy and run down.

Often the task of redecorating your living room is considered too mammoth a project to consider so before you get stuck in re-painting, re-carpeting or re-placing your old couch, consider the idea of using a few cushions to spruce up your room.

Size counts

Standard squares (about 18 inches) nest neatly on sofas with typical dimensions.

Oversize pillows (24 inches) create a more casual, loungey feel.

If you have a modern sofa with a very low back, consider 16 inches.

Cushion Filling

A feather-and-down fill has more squish, and it’s also the priciest.

Foam and other synthetic fills are stiffer. They hold their shape but look less lush.

Odd number of cushions

In design, odd numbers tend to be more artful. Try one, three, or five, depending on the size of your furniture and the look you want (one for a chair, three or five for a standard 88-inch sofa).

Think about mixing up the size and shape of your cushions. You might buy two different sized cushions in the same patterned material and then add in some solid colours.

Mix up pattern

An easy combo: a matched pair of square solids that contrast with the color of your sofa, one oblong pillow for the center of the couch, and two interesting outliers—patterned, embellished, or oddly shaped—that reference either the color of your upholstery or the color of your solid pillows.

Try different textures

Tactile contrast—nubby linen against smooth leather or silk upholstery, or shiny pillows on a fuzzy couch—add warmth and offer traction, so pillows don’t slide off seats.

Don’t be afraid to combine multiple textures from velvet to silk to fur; combining heavy textures with lighter ones across your cushions will keep your home looking cosy yet modern.


When looking to update your room, take inspiration from a range of sources. If you love the colours and print in your favourite silk scarf, then use that as inspiration when looking for beautiful prints on cushions.

Different shapes and sizes

Use a ‘karate chop’ in the middle of the cushion to create a crease in them – this will make them seem more lived in and loved.

It will also help to break up uniform shapes, and unite cushions of different colours, scales or families.

Cushion arrangement

There is no hard and fast rule about how to display cushions on your sofa but there are a few things that you can do to maximise their effect. Firstly, if you are trying to achieve a very traditional looking room, then you want to go for the classic one:one (matching cushions at each end) or two:two (same thing).

This can be an excellent way to achieve a classic or traditional looking living room.

Margaret Hirsch
Margaret Hirsch
Hirsch COO runs South Africa’s top independence appliance company that specialises in all appliances, electronics, furniture and bedding. They give the best deals and the best prices and everything is guaranteed.