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how to pick + style cushions for grey sofas.

Grey is one of the most popular colour choices for sofas. 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 décor tastes just by swapping out your cushions (and you don’t have to buy a new sofa every time). So with a myriad of possibilities, where do you start?

 

cushions for light grey sofas.

Photo credit: @the_flat_that_rosie_built | Products in order: Medina Velvet Tasselled CushionBlume Cushion in NaturalOrson Tufted Cushion in EcruMahal Geometric Cushion.

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, contemporary look, think soft neutrals like blush pinks, muted greens 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.

Photo credit: @harrison_nate_and_me | Products in order: Meridian Velvet Cushion in Navy/Silver, Jagger Ribbed Corduroy Cushion in Ochre Yellow. | Accessorise with: Romilly Tasselled Throw in Gold/Navy

Dark grey sofas tend to be warmer toned. It’s the perfect base to add some bold and bright cushions as the darker colour will make them pop.

For a luxurious aesthetic, pair your dark grey sofa with jewel-toned cushions. We’re talking colours 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 your dark grey base, you can layer on greys that are lighter and darker than your sofa. Use different patterns, sizes and textures for a rich, interesting look.

Bring a rustic touch to your sofa and accessorise with deep browns and lighter tan cushions. Add a pop of colour with florals or country animal motifs for a cosy vibe. Now all you need is a cosy throw and a fire to sit in front of!

 

Top Tip: Still stuck for colour ideas? Take a look at the other pieces in your living room. Would it clash with your rug? Complement your curtains? Take inspiration from the space around you!

 

cushions for grey corner sofas.

Photo Credit: @aflickofpaint | Products in order: Leveque Velvet Jacquard Cushions in Blush/Navy + Ochre/Blush, Flicker Fringed Cushion in Teal.

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, there’s loads 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?

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