Get ready to layer up on comfort, colour, texture and pattern – these ideas will turn a plain room into a plush space
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Extra sofa or floor cushions aren’t just a practical addition to a living room – they’ll set the tone, allowing you to refresh the colour scheme without splashing the cash, bringing in bags of touchable texture, adding a flash of instant pattern, and creating a comfy spot to while away a Sunday afternoon.
Double up the plains
You’re going to see a lot of pattern on the cushions to follow, but before you do, revel in the loveliness that is plain-on-plain layering.
Elegant and understated, in a gorgeous velvet, these cushions are verging on the self-indulgent – and are the perfect foil for the over-the-top faux zebra-skin rug.
Pile on the pattern
There’s no hard and fast rule for picking out cushions that don’t match, but know this: those in complementing rather than clashing colours and similar proportions, like these, will look more cohesively put-together and brighten a plain room no end.
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Work a monochrome look
If you’re going for a Scandi-style black/grey/white colour scheme, adding pattern and texture with cushions is a must-do.
If you want your room to look effortlessly relaxed and slung together (in a sophisticated way), that means hunting down both plain and patterned cushions that don’t match each other at all.
Fill the floor
Floor cushions: they’re not that comfortable to sit on, so why bother? The thing is, they’re large enough to make a big impression on a decorative scheme (as here), you can use them as footstools, and they provide handy extra seating for children when you’ve hoofed them off the prime spot on the sofa.
Add accent shades swiftly
What’s the biggest advantage of a neutrally decorated room filled with neutral-coloured furniture? Easy: you can swap cushions in fresh, lively colours, such as blue and green, from one room to another to create a different, more interesting scheme every time the mood takes you.
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Make a simple statement
Sometimes you don’t need tons of cushions to make an impression. Adding one in the boldest of primary colours to a plain sofa will make a real splash on a scheme. Double the effect by choosing a cushion with an eye-diverting texture.
Up the comfort factor
In a room that’s all about hard, shiny surfaces and a sleek – but, perhaps, unforgiving – sofa, cushions will boost comfort, so this is where to go crazy with numbers. PS: Smaller ones like these look neater than mid-sized or large designs.
Dial down the formality
There’s more than a whiff of sophistication in this fabulous open-plan room, with matching sets of cushions at either end of the sofa and on the floor.
Despite that, the space ultimately has a relaxed appeal, because it clashes folksy covers with ethnic-look ones for an eclectic finish.
Sell the scheme
We all know by now that great big architectural houseplants are the way to go – and you can really take the room-freshening effect they create up a notch if you reflect the foliage with tropical-print cushion covers.
Balance them with soft-toned graphics for a truly contemporary feel.
This small detail packs a decorative punch
Go for pattern
Whether you’re a fan of florals or love a gorgeous graphic, picking non-matching patterns is a handy trick for making a plain sofa look characterful and inviting. Use them to pick out your room’s existing accent colours and to draw the scheme together.
What kind of cushions do you have in your living room? And which look is your favourite here? Share photos or tips in the Comments section.