How to add colour with cushions


Some people can be a little wary about choosing colour for their home – and with valid reason. As well as having a visual impact, colour can also subliminally affect your mind, and consequently, your emotional response in that space. Blue, for example, is thought to bring confidence and a feeling of security, whereas orange is seen as being an uplifting and adventurous colour. In every room, the colour ratio should be split between walls (60%), upholstery (30%) and accessories (10%), so when introducing a new or different colour, start small with luxury cushions: they’re a quick, easy and affordable way to bring colour to any space.

If you’re unsure about what cushion covers to choose or which colours complement each other, don’t worry – our clever cushion arranger tool will help you find the perfect cushion combinations. But first, here are a few things to consider when deciding which colours to choose for each of the different rooms in your home.

How can you add colour to your bedroom?

As we spend around one-and-a-half years of our life in bed (and possibly more if you’re fortunate enough to get a lie-in!), it’s important to make your bedroom as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Warming neutral tones such as cream and taupe have soothing and calming connotations, making them a great base colour for walls or upholstery in a bedroom. Cream cushions (like our albino goat hair cushion cover) are incredibly versatile as they can be combined with any other other colour. Choose one with texture such as velvet, fur or embroidery, to provide extra depth and a touch of luxury.

Take a look at our infographic below for tips on how to add colour to your bedroom using cushions.

Why do you need colour in your living room?

In many homes, the living room is at the centre of relaxed social gatherings. From a morning cup of tea to an evening curled up on the sofa in front of a good box set, a living room needs to be somewhere comfortable that you and your guests want to spend time, so first and foremost, choose a colour you really love. Whilst some may think of it as daring, red is actually a natural choice for a living room or dining room: this energizing hue is thought to encourage conversation and stimulate the appetite, creating a lively atmosphere. But if you don’t feel ready for red walls or upholstery, then red cushions – such as this silk and cotton cushion in rubellite – are a great way to bring in a burst of strong colour.

Take a look at our infographic below for tips on how to add colour to your living room using cushions.

What colour is best for a child’s room?

Children tend to spend a lot of time playing, learning and growing up in their bedrooms, so the colour you choose needs to be bright, cheerful and optimistic. From a very young age, yellow is a colour that children associate with sunshine, and with it comes connotations of warmth and happiness. If a vibrant yellow for your walls makes you nervous then go for a softer yellow shade instead, or sprinkle some yellow pillows around – and maybe even a floor cushion like this one – to add colour and also make the space more comfortable.

Which colours work well in a conservatory?

If you’re lucky enough to have a conservatory in your home, you’ll probably spend a lot of time in there winding down and relaxing, so the colour scheme needs to reinforce this. Delicate black cushions are thought to have reflective and stylistic qualities admired by many, making it the perfect choice for a tranquil retreat like a conservatory. Gray cushions work well as a neutral colour in both traditional or modern schemes; this raw silk silver cushion cover ticks the metallic trend box whilst the elegant texture of silk gives it a vintage feel.

How can you introduce colour to an outdoor space?

The UK is not famed for its fantastic weather and there are only a handful of days throughout the year when we can truly enjoy the beauty of our gardens. But on those rare sunny days, it’s important to make sure your outdoor space looks its best. There’s no reason why you can’t accessorise your outdoor furniture in the same way you do indoors by adding decorative pieces, throws and a cushion or two. For an elegant and glamorous outdoor area, opt for gold cushions. This particular cushion cover also has accents of red so would tie into the living room scheme, creating a seamless link between your indoor and outdoor spaces.

So when choosing colours for your home, dig a little deeper into the colour psychology behind them. Think about the purpose of each room, how much time you’ll be spending in there and what feeling you want to create. Even the smallest change like swapping your existing cushions for different coloured ones could completely alter the ambience for any visitors to your home, and you might notice it has a positive effect on your own well-being too.