Best buys: Scatter cushions

Jacky Puzey scatter cushions

Soft furnishings can really make a room in my opinion. So, when it comes to scatter cushions, I think they do just that. They can provide the perfect finishing touch to a whole host of furniture, from a living room sofa and a bed to an occasional chair. I see them as an easy way in which to cosy up a room and make it more inviting. However, scatter cushions can also provide a cost-effective solution when you want an instant room refresh. Here, I’ve hand-picked a selection of my favourite scatter cushion designs, which you can consider for your home so enjoy!

Are scatter cushions necessary?

Now if you ask the husband, he will say no. Of course, I completely disagree! Not only do they look gorgeous and stylish, but they have a functional purpose, too. On a chair or sofa, for example, they won’t just look good but can provide instant back support.

Scatter cushions on sofa with coffee table
When it came to dressing my teal kitchen sofa with the matching scatter cushions already in-situ, I added three, textured designs from Audenza to create a fun, colourful look with more depth. You’ll see the mustard velvet palm tree cushions are still available, £48 each. They are embroidered by hand and I hear each cushion takes around 4.5 hours to design!

Be bold

When I chose my blue and grey kitchen furniture, I wanted to add a more colourful living area to my open-plan space. So, this meant choosing a teal velvet sofa and adding pops of colour with scatter cushions. Otherwise, my living space would have felt too neutral. So, if you have a similar room you’d like to jazz up, my advice is to add brighter cushions to create a bolder colour palette.

In my kitchen, the actual sofa seat isn’t really that deep. However, I have managed to arrange my Audenza cushions so I can sit comfortably all evening and enjoy the latest TV series I’m watching. That’s Angela Black on ITV Hub at the moment…how about you? Scatter cushions seriously make all the difference. I also love sitting upright with two behind me, when I’m watching TV, because otherwise I would fall asleep (!). Hollie Brooks, co-founder and director at Audenza, adds: “Embroidered velvet cushions are the ultimate in luxury – from the soft tactile velvet to the rich detail of embroidery, they add layers of texture and interest to your scheme, without being too busy.”

Limited edition artworks

Featuring a scatter cushion as a limited edition piece of artwork will make a great addition to your home. Thankfully, there are some distinctive designs available, which do just that. If this style interests you, look for unique prints and distinctive textures. Contemporary embroidery artist Jacky Puzey is one such designer who springs to my mind. She features embroidered and silk organza feathers and silk brush trim on her Peacock cushions, for example. And she works very successfully with custom-printed velvet fabrics.

I’ve also seen Jacky ‘s incredible accent chairs at a previous Decorex International show and, this year, her exquisite cushions piqued my interest. She tells me she combines her embroidery skills with digital technology in her own UK workshops, fusing fur, feathers, velvet and organza to create tactile pieces with exquisite detailing. As a result, this enables her to create rich, textured cushions.

Jacky also tells me: “I love to look for statement cushions that are little pieces of artwork for your sofa. They bring interest, colour, and glamour to your room, from a statement pop among plain cushions to a gorgeous ‘eclectic maximalist’ effect when mixed and matched. Sometimes you might find a gorgeous piece with luxury trims and tassels; other times it’s something with a unique texture or gorgeous tactile velvet. I also love antique or custom made fabrics and embellishments; you know that piece will be unique to your room and your scheme.”

Jacky Puzey scatter cushions
This exquisite Koi velvet cushion has been created from digitally printed medium pile velvet, contrast satin and velvet piping with embroidered orange and blue Koi, £240. Photo: Becca Luger

Accent chair scatter cushions

Detail shot of Christian Lacroix cushion
I love my Cascade Bourgeon cushion, £95, from Christian Lacroix’s L’Odyssée collection at Lime Lace. It has instantly added a pop of colour to my boutique-style bedroom and, if I get bored with the colour, it’s reversible too in midnight blue. This design has been digitally printed and features feather-style embroidered leaves on both sides

I love the idea of co-ordinating scatter cushions with existing decor. In my boutique bedroom makeover, I did exactly that. So, the pink aspects on my Christian Lacroix Cascade Bourgeon cushion create a stylish contrast with my emerald green velvet occasional chair. However, the same colour ties in with the pale pink walls painted with Farrow & Ball’s Peignoir. In addition, the green background hue on this cushion blends in with the chair, palm plant and woollen throw.

Lime Lace’s Director, Samantha Marlow, an interior designer, says: “Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and textures. In fact, mixing can create a more stylish and impactful look. The use of scatter cushions is an affordable and easy way to incorporate new on-trend colours into a room. This way, you can ensure your home is modern and fresh. And finally scatter cushions can help to tie the entire look of a room; pick out a colour in your rug, curtains or artwork to use for your cushions for an impactful and complimentary finish.”

Sustainability and recycling

If you want to help save our planet from plastic and add a style statement to your home, why not look at cushions featuring yarn made from recycled plastic bottles? This is a great way in which to add environmentally-friendly accessories to your home.

Medina Tangier Cushion Blue Snug
The Medina Tangier Cushion, from £75, at Weaver Green provides additional texture in a neutral finish and I love the fact that it has been made from recycled plastic bottles, which have been transformed into highly durable yarn

At Weaver Green, I hear they make their cushions entirely from plastic destined for landfill or our oceans. As a result, not only will you be doing your bit to help the environment but they are waterproof, washable and hard-wearing. Tasha Green, director at Weaver Green, offers this styling advice: “Cushions placed on a chair will create a cosy and relaxed atmosphere. Consider layering our neutral accessories in different patterns to elevate the overall look and add subtle interest to the interior.”

You can also help to protect the environment if you choose vegan suede scatter cushions. These are sustainable, animal-friendly and kind to the planet. Naruse Designs kindly gifted me this bespoke scatter cushion, which I have now placed on my sofa.

AD: I love my scatter cushion from Naruse Design, which was made from a hand-drawn, unique pattern inspired by nature. This cushion, £50, was specifically designed to work with my existing colour scheme in my open-plan kitchen

Naruse Design’s director, artist Shiori Naruse, explains their benefits: “Vegan suede cushions make such a great buy; they are high quality, animal friendly, sustainable and kind to our environment. The beauty of bespoke is that it offers you the freedom to explore your sense of style and individuality. You can be bold and bright or subtle and calming when curating your own exquisite home.  Based on the concept of biophilic design, my cushion collection focusses on the benefits of bringing elements of nature back into our lives. As a result, this will reduce stress, aid mental well-being and improve productivity. I aim to create a true ambience of nature inside the home.”

Bedroom scatter cushions

Elizabeth Scarlett cushions
I love this Elizabeth Scarlett Giraffe cushion in orange, £50, which was inspired by the elegant, long-legged creatures Elizabeth saw grazing on the Kenyan plains during her honeymoon safari. Made from 100% cotton velvet, this can be washed at 30 degrees

If you want to add more colour, texture and style to crisp, white bedlinen, I think colourful cushions will instantly brighten up the bed. However, they can also add depth to your design and bring a touch of cosiness to your bedroom.

Elizabeth Scarlett scatter cushions on bed
In my bedroom, I chose two matching Elizabeth Scarlett cushions called Kissing Flamingoes, £50 each and machine washable at 30 degrees. This style is no longer available but you’ll find a great selection of similar cushions you can choose from on their website here

I chose two scatter cushions for the bed in my master bedroom as this room is quite compact. This way, they don’t take up much space by the bed when I remove them to get under the covers! I love adding a quirky touch to all the rooms I design in my home. So, as soon as I saw the flamingoes motif, I had to buy these cushions. I’m also a huge animal lover, so these were instantly appealing. Elizabeth Scarlett tells me: “Since I can remember, I’ve always loved wildlife, and drawing and painting animals. It soothes me, brings me into flow and connects me with my youthful spirit.”

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