May 18, 2021 5 min read


Your sofa is not fully dressed without a stylish array of scatter cushions that have been strategically arranged to look effortless yet put together. Cushionsare not just functional; they are also your couches “outfit change” as each season changes. Scatter cushions function as a way for you to quickly and easily dress up or dress down your sofa, incorporate colour and texture, and add additional support and comfort.

A new arrangement of scatter cushions can completely change the look and feel of not just your couch, but also your living room. Scatter cushions are available in a variety of materials, finishes, patterns and colours, and each style can influence the aesthetic of your space.

If your sofa features a more traditional and classic style, we recommend that you style scatter cushions in even numbers. The best way to style this grouping of scatter cushionsis by placing two matching solid scatter cushions that are of a larger size, and place them in the corner of each side of the sofa. It is best if these two scatter cushions are square shaped and feature one solid colour. Then, choose two smaller scatter cushions, that feature patterns or unique textures, and place these in front of the other two cushions. These two smaller cushionscan be of different shapes to each other and to the larger cushions.

If the style of your sofais more modern or eclectic, we suggest that you use an odd number of scatter cushions. When it comes to arranging these cushions, we prefer the “2-1-2” method. Choose two solid coloured scatter cushions that are slightly bigger that feature various tones of the room, then choose some slightly smaller textured or patterned cushions of different colours that are still similar to your colour palette, and place those in front of the first larger cushions. Lastly, finish off the arrangement with a small bolster cushion in the centre. This last scatter cushion can be either patterned or plain with similar tones to your two solid scatter cushions.

If you have a corner couch or sectional sofa, then you will require more cushions to ensure that each section of your sofa features a group or pair of scatter cushions. When it comes to styling a sectional sofa with scatter cushions there are not set rules, you do not have to only style cushions in even numbers or near the arms of the sofa, you have a variety of styling options to choose from. We recommend that at every bend of your corner couch there is a pair or group of scatter cushions, meaning at the ends of the corner couch as well as in the corners.

Follow our top three tips on what to consider when styling your sofa with scatter cushions.

1 Keep your colour palette cohesive

As a general rule of thumb, we suggest sticking to between three and five colours. This will ensure you can mix different styles and patterns successfully and create a complete, cohesive look and feel. If there are too many colours it can become distracting and look tacky. 

A useful way to determine what colours to pair together is to use a colour wheel. This ensures that the colours that you pick work well together and complement each other rather than clashing.

Complementary colours

Complementary colours exist directly across from one another on the colour wheel. These colours have high contrast to one another, and therefore make your design bold and eye-catching. However, if you do not use complementary colours properly, it can be very overwhelming and visually disruptive. When selecting complementary colours to use, it is best to select one of the hues of each colour to use, and then use the complementary colour to highlight and to make certain features stand out.


Examples of complementary colour combinations:
Red and green
Blue and orange
Yellow and purple
Red-orange and blue-green
Red-purple and yellow-green
Yellow-orange and blue-purple


    Analogous colours

    Analogous colour combinations sit directly side by side on the colour wheel. This creates a sense of harmony and peace due to the analogous combinations exiting frequently in our natural environments. We suggest that if you choose to select your colours based on the analogous colour method that you select the primary colour as the base and then select two to three more colours on either side to highlight and complement that main primary colour.

    Examples of analogous colour combinations:
    Red, red-orange and orange
    Red, red-purple and purple
    Yellow, yellow-orange and orange
    Yellow, yellow-green and green
    Blue, blue-green and green
    Blue, blue-purple and purple
    Red-orange, orange and yellow-orange
    Yellow-green, green and blue-green
    Blue-green, blue and blue-purple
    Blue-purple, purple and red-purple


      2 Vary shapes and sizes

      To add visual interest to your sofa, we suggest that we you mix and match the shapes and sizes of your cushions as this adds depth and dimension to the couch. The style of your sofa and the room that your sofa is placed in can also influence the number of scatter cushions you use, as well as their shape and size.


      A few of our favourite scatter cushion shapes are:


        3 Use texture to transform the space

        While mixing colours is a good way to create visual interest and dimension when styling your sofa, we also highly recommend mixing different textures to add a unique feel to your space. By mixing textures you create a masterpiece on your sofa in the form of scatter cushions, not only are the aesthetically pleasing but they also add additional support and comfort.

        If you choose to keep all of your scatter cushions on your sofathe same colour and material it can over time look quite boring and outdated. Incorporating different textures and material types through your scatter cushions allows you to add visual interest to your sofa, and create deep textual effects that highlight the uniqueness of each of your scatter cushions.


        A few of our favourite textures to use in scatter cushions are:


        To chop or not to chop?

        It is an age-old debate on whether you should “chop” your scatter cushions or not. Chopping scatter cushionsmeans to do a karate chop to the top of your cushion to give it a more elegant, put together look. Although this method is extremely popular amongst interior designers and many homeowners, it is completely up to you whether you chop your cushions or not. However, if you do decide to chop your cushions, we recommend that you chop your cushions that are feature feather inners are they hold the desired shape much better over time.