An Expert’s Guide: How to Style Your Sofa

A sofa is a vital part of any room, it is home to comfort and relaxation. The one you pick must accentuate the size of your room but do not underestimate the potential that styling can bring. When it comes to your sofa, throwing a few cushions without any thought won’t do – any sofa will look bare without accessories and over cluttered with too many, it is all about finding that balance.

Luckily for you, lovely readers, interior designer herself Vanessa Arbuthnott has revealed the top 7 ways to style your sofas, there are options for every sofa so you can get it just right for yours.


Adding in a throw blanket on your sofa can add in a pop of colour or even just a neutral tone balance which softens the design. You can either drape it around the top of the sofa or on the arms to create a cosy feel. It is a great way to bring in an added texture feel and perfect for snuggling up on winter nights.

Patterned pillows

If you are opting for patterned pillows, then cluster together groups of geometric pillows. Place each one on each sofa cushion for a look that is rustic and well thought out. You can even place some block colour pillows in between to really brighten up the room.


Adding a medium to large pot plant to the side of the sofa balances your space and creates a natural and light ambience. Try and opt for a vibrant all green plant as it soothes the eye and provides a modern yet balanced look.

Bold lighting

A lighting feature on the other side of your sofa will frame the look. Look for a standard light with height and warm bulbs to add a cosy feeling. If your sofa is more on the neutral side, then choose a brightly coloured lampshade.

Hang the colour

If you have space above your sofa ensure you optimise it, this is your focal point which pulls peoples gaze towards the sofa. It can be a nice touch to fill some wooden frames with a few bold colours which mirror your sofa colours and co-ordinate with your themes. Go for an arrangement which is symmetrical and visually appealing.

Floor rugs

You can place a woolen floor rug over the seat cushions, this can help to preserve the cushion fabric as well as providing protection from dogs and children. Choose one which fits your snug on your sofa.

Cushion shape

Different cushion shapes can trick the eye, it all depends on how you place them. Use a rectangular cushion in front of two square cushions as this gives the illusion of different height levels.

Eve Crabtree

Eve Crabtree is a journalist with a passion for interior design. She keeps up to date with the latest trends in the interior industry and regularly tests her hand at crafting and redecorating during her spare time.