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how to pick + style cushions for grey sofas.

A living room with a brown leather and grey fabric sofa, both decorated with colourful geometric and frilled cushions.

grey is one of the most popular sofa colours. But when it comes to picking cushions, where do you start?

A grey sofa is the perfect blank canvas. Versatile, balancing and neutral, grey can be paired with loads of different colours and design styles – you just have to find the right hue. It means that you can keep up with the latest trends, seasons and your decor tastes just by swapping out your cushions ( and without having to buy a new sofa every time).

But with so many options for coordinating cushions with a grey sofa - where do we begin?

cushions for light grey sofas.
A grey sofa with a pleated button design, decorated with coordinating blue and rust orange floral cushions. Two pale pink and green scatter cushions with moth, insect and floral designs, arranged on a light grey armchair in front of a neutral background.
@welcome_to_no.1 | Silk Moth Cushion in Pale Pink

A light grey sofa is the perfect opportunity to style subtle colourways and create gentle contrasts. It’s considered a cool tone, especially if it leans towards a blue or purple undertone.

For a clean and contemporary look, go for soft neutral cushions in shades like blush pink, muted green and taupe. The delicate contrast of colours will complement the blue hues of the sofa without appearing garish or loud. Punctuate the light colours with a hint of something darker, like black or a navy blue.

If you love colour, you don’t have to be afraid of overpowering your light grey sofa. Pair it with a shocking pink or a bright sunshine yellow and let your favourite colour shine. Use it in your artwork and other finishing touches for a cohesive look.

Go earthy with warm tones of red and orange in various textures and patterns. It’ll add a little boho feel to your living room, without being over the top.

top tip.

If you are opting for neutral or grey cushions, make sure they are lighter or darker than the tone of your sofa. It may be comfy, but your sofa will lack depth if your cushions blend in.

cushions for dark grey sofas.
A dark grey sofa decorated with a tonal arrangement of light grey, dark grey and silver scatter cushions. A black velvet cushion with a tattoo-inspired design of a hand and a pink slogan which reads
@ourdreamhome___x | Silk Moth Cushion in Pale Pink

Dark grey sofas tend to be warmer toned, which means they're a great base for making bright and bold cushions really pop. Think rich shades like emerald green, sapphire blue and deep purples. Combined with materials like velvet, faux fur and satins, they’ll look opulent and timeless.

Go tonal and use different shades of grey. If you love grey then this is the option for you. With a dark grey base, you can layer on silvers, deep charcoals and any shade that's lighter or darker than your sofa. Use different patterns, sizes and textures for a rich, interesting look.

You could always bring a rustic touch to your sofa by accessorising with deep browns and lighter beige cushions. Add a pop of colour with florals or country animal motifs for a cosy vibe - all that's missing is a toasty throw and a fire to melt in front of!

cushions for grey corner sofas.
A light grey corner sofa decorated with a variety of bright, exotic and animal-print cushions. A selection of three velvet cushions with contrasting piped borders, in emerald green, natural mocha and moss yellow shades.
@abitofmeg | Meridian Velvet Cushion

A grey corner sofa is more intimidating than a two or three seater sofa, because there’s just more real estate to think about, including that dreaded corner. But don't fret, there’s a ton of ways to tackle it!

Got maximalist tendencies? Go wild and fill the entire sofa with cushions – and don’t be afraid to mix and match colours, patterns and textures. The best bit about sofa cushions is that they’re super easy to remove and swap around, so you don’t have to commit to one look forever.

If you’re looking for something more pared back, create vignettes of cushions in each corner of your sofa. Two cushions on each end and then a set of three in the corner seat makes your sofa look stylish and comfortable.

Layers of cushions that are complementary in colour and style will create depth and add to that inviting feel. You can snuggle in with soft velvets, snuggly faux fur and delicate cottons.

top tip.

Take into consideration the grey fabric of your sofa. If you have a leather sofa, you may want to add velvet cushions to introduce some soft textiles. If your sofa is textured, such as corduroy, avoid adding the same fabric - contrasts are key.

 Whatever style, tone or size your grey sofa is, don't be afraid to experiment with colours, textures and prints to give it a new lease of life. Feeling inspired?