Where to start?

Cushions are small but effective details with the ability to completely transform a space. There are no strict guidelines to follow as it is more of an art than science, one will have to rely on their eye and take the time to experiment. Play around with arrangements and what you feel works, take a step back and look at the whole ensemble and how it fits in your room. There are a few rules that can make this process easier.

Mix and Match

Sometimes the more ambitious colour schemes are the most rewarding. Don't be afraid to play with colours and textures, baring in mind the colour of your sofa, you can use bright colours so long as they are complimentary; whatever is easy on the eye. Similarly this works the other way, arrangements staying within different tones of the sofa colour also work and add depth whilst emitting an air of serenity, an example of this can be seen here. Differentiating textures can also be used to create interest and are especially fun if you're feeling brave enough to experiment with colour as well. If you want to take a less bold approach simply choose a singular colour and vary the textures within this.

What's on the inside?

A cushions filling can drastically affect it's appearance and how inviting they look. For inexpensive cushions, a commonly used filling is foam or synthetic wadding however these make the cushions very firm and padded. Natural fillings such as feather and down are more expensive but are much more durable and have the squishy appearance reminding us of ultimate comfort!

Cushion Chopping!

You can also shape your cushions to make them look more inviting. The Chop refers to making an indent in your cushions to create a V-shape. To do so, Plump and then 'chop' with the side of your hand in the center of the cushion.


A common rule to follow when arranging and managing the balance of cushions is a 2:2:1 - starting with the biggest at the back, work from the outside in. Size doesn't affect this too harshly either, if they are all the same size it creates more visual interest as it is less busy to the eye. Scale and colours can be fun to experiment with and it doesn't have to follow a pattern, the more random the placement the less formal your space will feel.

Our passion for cushions

At Kensington Design we have the pleasure of working for clients with exciting and bold ideas. We create Bespoke cushions in the image our clients have imagined, with no boundaries! For instance we have recently created pillows in bright colours sampled from a much loved painting.

Although very ambitious the result of colour was beautifully balanced and the space as a whole was unique and lively, if you would like bespoke cushions contact us either by phone or email!

See here for our current collections.