With the success of our first episode from the Frankie Say Relax 'How To' Styling Series - it's time for episode 2, where we share our top tips on how to style your cushions and throws, like a pro.

There are plenty of ways to go about styling your couch or occasional chair - from a neutral palette that effortlessly blends with the couch to a moodier selection that pops. Perhaps you have a feature cushion you love and you are struggling to know what to pair it with? Whatever is holding you back in creating an inviting, comfy puddle of cushions, we've got you.

Firstly - we need to identify if we are working with a warm or a cooler base. Where does your couch fit in the scale of tans, oatmeal, greys and blues? Usually, warm colourings on a grey couch and visa versa can feel a little unbalanced so it is important to know the tone when selecting the best cushions and throws for your space. 



Warmer tones: Tan, Oat, Cream, Off White, Brown, Rust, Burgundy. 

Cooler tones: The spectrum of greys (particularly with a black or blue base), deep greens, blues.

*Note - this is a general rule, there are some exceptions here!

Now, we have that sorted, here are the key things to keep in mind when dressing your couch.

How To - Style Cushions & Throws

1- If you are using a throw (they are great to cover any sins like pet marks or sun damage - or to protect from such sins) lay it over one end of the couch first. Depending on the weight, size and style of the throw, you might want to throw it over effortlessly or fold it in a more purposeful way and lay it over the couch vertically, or across the arm rest. 

2 - Next, how many cushions do you want to use? Or, how many do you have that are complimentary to the throw? There is no limits or rules here, however 2 or 3 look great as you can layer in some different textures, colours and sizes.

3 - Start with your plain cushion first, it's also ideal if this is one of the largest of the grouping. 


4 - Layer your feature cushion with your plain, so it attracts attention, front and centre.

5 - Now, time for the back up dancer. This one might be a smaller plain, or a complimentary texture like velvet that can complete the trio. Slip this one next to the original plain, and slightly behind the feature so you can see it, but it isn't the focus. You've just added a bit more depth to your arrangement.

6 - If you want to add some cushions to the opposite end - it is important to think about the space you are trying to create before you do this. Is the space formal? If so, mirroring the initial grouping works well. If you are trying to keep it casual - a singular or duo in complimentary colourings will do the trick. You can also keep it empty, not every inch of the couch needs to be styled.

7 - Is there an occasional chair nearby? Follow the same principles, laying a plain cushion at the back and more of a feature in front. Or, one singular cushion here to make it more inviting will do. 

Remember - you want it to feel homely and welcoming. No need for the harsh karate chop across the top of your cushions - pushing you in to over-styled display home territory. Good luck and enjoy your beautifully styled couch! x

July 12, 2023 — Lyndsay Scott