How to Style your Sofa

How to Style your Sofa

Are you always looking for new ideas on how to dress and style your sofa? If like me, you get a bit stuck in your ways and use the same old cushions time after time maybe you need a few new ideas on how to make the best of your sofa.

How to Style your Sofa:

So there are lots of ways you can style up your sofa and make it look fabulous. Of course the most common way is to add cushions. Quite frankly, I think you can never have too many! They’re a bit like handbags aren’t they?

 The trends now are very much towards not being too ‘matchy’ with your cushions but I think it takes a certain level of skill to get it right.

Recently I had a very fun day out playing around with some styling, dressing a set as well as a sofa. It was the first time I’d done anything like this and proved to be really interesting too, particularly watching the professional stylist at work.

You can see how I dressed my sofa with lot of neutral, linen style cushions:

DFS French connection styled room

And the difference a coloured throw and cushions makes. This is the same project, styled by Antonia from Tidy Away Today


One of the tips I picked up here was there’s more to styling your sofa than just adding few cushions and a throw (although that’s pretty important!). Setting the scene around your sofa, if you have the space is equally important when it comes to showcasing one of the most expensive items in the room.

Here are some tips that can help you make the most of your sofa:

  1. Adding a bright contrasting rug will show off a neutral sofa really well.
  2. Positioning artificial lights around a leather sofa can add interesting effects and reflections in the leather.
  3. Add some symmetry with lamp tables either end of a sofa and offer practicality as well as style.
  4. A bright, colourful sofa can be the focal point of the room, and sometimes will need nothing else at all.
  5. Draw the eye to the sofa by adding some striking wall art directly above it.
  6. Create impact on corner sofas by continuing a colour theme throughout the cushions. 

There are lots of ways you can style your sofa and give it the real wow factor. Cushions, throws and rugs are the obvious way to go but don’t forget the area directly around the sofa. Add symmetry, interest and aesthetically pleasing accessories to really give your sofa impact.

Would you do anything different when you style your sofa?

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Image: Elle Decor

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Jen Stanbrook
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  1. Lulastic
    December 19, 2013 / 11:10 pm

    Love this! As long as you have a nice basic shape and comfort factor with your sofa you can turn it into the coolest looking think. And update it too, with different throws and pillows. (Way thriftier than buying a whole stonking new one.)

  2. Kristy
    December 20, 2013 / 10:31 am

    Ah I love that highland cow picture! Great post Jen x

  3. houston rustic furniture
    June 3, 2015 / 9:15 am

    Wow! Those pillows are killin’ it! I personally like the colors that you used. I’m more on black and white though, cause they look classy and elegant but seeing your sofa with those throws and pillows, I have a feeling I’ll be using using more colors now. Those are really lovely. Thanks for sharing!

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