Cushions are perfect for introducing splashes of colour, interesting texture and a luxurious sense of comfort to your home. They are also an affordable and hassle-free way to refresh your space – but how to create a natural yet styled look which complements your existing scheme?

Let the Lesser Spotted masterclass guide you through:

First, create a foundation for the arrangement by selecting two larger proportioned cushions which can be placed on either end of your sofa, window seat or bench. These cushions will act as a base for your scheme and should be identical to instantly mark the cushion area. Choose either a solid colour or a print which ties into your existing décor.

Next, begin the layering by choosing cushions slightly smaller in dimension to the base cushions and which offer a point of difference in style through their colour, texture or print. The layering cushions can be matched for more a more formal feel or choose to mismatch for an eclectic look.

“Add a statement cushion into the mix, perhaps something with an eye-catching print

Consider colour palette. We suggest you stick to a maximum of three hues for your palette to keep it cohesive and plump for those which sit in the same end of the spectrum to avoid any one colour dominating. If in doubt when including brights, use them in small doses, and leave the larger scale cushions in more neutral hues.

Add a statement cushion into the mix, perhaps something with an eye-catching print, interesting texture or unusual detailing such as decorative buttons or tassel detailing

Check the symmetry – does it seem pleasing to the eye? Odd numbers usually work best, as a rule of thumb we suggest 5 scatter cushions for the average sofa whilst larger areas such as window seats or benches can take larger assortments of 7 or 9.

Stand back and take in the overall appearance of the arrangement. Achieving a balanced look which blends into your existing scheme is the ideal, so try and ensure colours or strong patterns are echoed on both sides of the arrangement and reflect the palette or overall style of the room.