A Room by Room Guide to the Best Type of Cushions for Your Home

Terry Baskeyfield | Posted

Cushions, also known as throw pillows, are such a versatile addition to your decorating scheme, there are people who recycle cushions often and some who can't bare to throw them away. They store them in plastic bags for later use and as it nears the end of their useful lifetime for the sofa or your bedding, they may even decorate their kitties or puppies bed to give them a luxurious appearance that matches the rest of the room.

Keeping a good stock of accessories is a smart idea. Some people may have four, five or more plastic boxes filled with accessories, such as cushions, to change the entire look and colour scheme of a room at a moments notice or for seasonal changes. They've nailed the decorating fundamentals and create a whole new look in minutes by changing just a few cushions or accessories.

Knowing the how to blend colours, patterns, sizes and textures can add style to any room in your home. Cushions can play a role in that décor. Here are a few rooms in the house where you'll get the maximum benefits from the wide selection of cushions available.

Living Room

Of course, the sofa is the first place you'd think of to place a cushion, but chairs are also great spots. You need to think of the grouping as a whole, with the cushions from the sofa being the same colour scheme as the chair to maintain unity throughout the area. In fact, you should be able to switch the cushions when you want a change of pace.

When putting together a grouping of cushions for the couch think of two things, comfort and appearance. You're not only trying to get an impressive appearance, you want the furniture to be as comfortable as possible. If your living room is REALLY one where you live, eating, snacking and watching television, make sure the cushion is washable to keep it as lovely as the day you purchased it.

Do you want an informal look?

Consider larger cushions, they can make a statement that says comfortable and informal. Pair them with complementing smaller ones that add colour and texture. Mix patterns, a small one and large one with solid tones. When you want a soft relaxing look, avoid bold colours and stick to softer colours or blends such as neutrals and pastels. Create your grouping using an odd number of cushions for a more informal appearance. You can even create a new look for the sofa by covering the seating area or back with a throw and grouping decorative cushions on it.

Formal looks use more expensive fabric and often cushions that match the couch with a slight bit of colour. Create symmetry with the cushions by using either an even number on each side or one medium and small on one side of the sofa with a large cushion on the other. Balanced is a more formal look. For modern, consider knife edged pillows with modern designs or black and white cushions with a splash of bright colour.

Don't forget the floor

Floor cushions can add extra seating and be perfect for a laid back relaxed atmosphere. It goes well in a retro, country, shabby chic or bohemian decorating style. The colour should blend well with the colour scheme of the room, keeping it flowing throughout the room.

Don't forget to include cushions on chairs

Whether you have one of Grandma's rockers you want to include in your living room or a comfortable overstuffed chair that needs a little sprucing, cushions can be just the trick to add extra pzazz to the chair and change it from frumpy to fabulous. Is the chair uncomfortable when you lean back into it? Add a cushion or two to help support your back and neck. It's more than just stylish, it makes the room and furniture more comfortable.

Dining Room or Breakfast Nook

Lining the breakfast nook with cushions or putting a few in the corner and at each end of a corner nook can add to the cosiness and comfort of the area. When you have a nook with wooden walls as backing, cushions not only add a soft welcoming touch, they can make sitting far more comfortable when used against the wood. Don't overwhelm the area with too many cushions or ones that are too big, but don't go tiny. Stick with those that are easy to clean and avoid the dry clean only for an area in the house less susceptible to spills.

Window seats also benefit from cushions

They add glamour and style to the area and can make a much needed armrest to lean on when morning came way too soon. Medium sized cushions are the best for these areas in many cases. The traditional square or shorter bolster cushions fit right in for armrests. You can prop up a few complementary cushions for the backs of kitchen or dining room chairs for a comfortable cosy look. Mix patterned cushions with solids. You can mix two patterns, one large and one small with a solid coloured cushion as long as you stick with your colour scheme.


Nothing is quite as inviting as a bed with a pillow and cushion arrangement. It can be a cosy soft look that will make you look forward to your night's rest or a more dazzling one to leave you feeling pampered and special. The type of cushions you choose should depend on your decorating style. Some people only use one or two cushions, but have several pillows and shams that they stack with a small collection of cushions in front. The shams often match the duvet or bedspread for a cohesive stylish appearance, with plain or solid pillows and patterned or solid cushions placed in front.

For the bedroom, large soft cushions are often the choice. A bolster is also an interesting addition to the grouping. You can stack regular pillows against the headboard with a bolster across the front for interest. Always consider the fill, particularly if allergies are a problem. Down and feather cushions may cost more, but they're far more luxurious and comfortable.

Don't forget to accessorise the chairs in the room with cushions that have the same colour scheme. Use patterned cushions combined with solids for more eye appeal. Stripes are more formal than florals, while geometric designs can add pzazz and make the room more modern.

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