Best cushion ideas for your blue sofa

L-shaped blue sofa with a wooden table

Blue represents tranquility and calm, this colour is often associated with water as it reflects the beauty of a radiant cerulean sky that will undoubtedly take you to a place of serenity. Imagine as you sit on the edge of a body of water, the clouds, and sky reflected in front of you, mesmerizing, isn’t it? If we are to recreate this panoramic scenery, it is undeniable that blue is indispensable in the picture.

Blue is a primary colour which means that when added to or subtracted from other colours in varying quantities, can generate all other colours. In contrast, tones of blue are used for negative or happy feelings. There are four times more tones of blue than any other colour, and almost every shade of blue has its own meaning: from tranquil and peaceful to daring and intense.

Yellow cushions on a blue sofa

For interior style, blue is widely used across multiple design approaches because of its harmonious compatibility with other shades and even textures. It is usually regarded as a safe colour. No wonder a blue sofa is a timeless and relevant piece in the world of furniture.

At first glance, the colour blue is a simple and easy-to-like colour. It is refreshing in summer, energetic in winter, and calming at any time. The blue hue gives your home a contemporary or minimalist feel. But while it looks good on its own, it shines when combined with other colours and textures to create beautiful moods and emotions.

How to introduce a blue sofa in your living room?

Blue and patterned white cushions on a sky-blue sofa with a wooden table in front

Blue sofas come in a myriad of shades and shapes. It can be a turquoise U-shaped sofa, patterned cobalt blue fabric, a plain navy-blue couch, and the like. But before you incorporate a blue sofa into your living room, it is important to ponder on how blue is connected to your lifestyle and intuitions to avoid a cluttered visual.

Blue as a colour of tranquility

Calm sea in the Outer Hebrides
The photo above is taken from the scenic Outer Hebrides when we were sourcing Harris Tweed.
Blue, in general, stimulates thoughts of quietude and calmness because it resembles the gentle facets of water and sky. Now that’s the kind of mood we are looking for in a living room, right? Having a blue sofa in a room is one way of imbuing a sense of calmness and composure which is a conducive environment for relaxation and meditation. But it is not a one-pill solution.

Blue sofa facing a wallpaper of blue mountains
A great addition would be a painting or poster depicting a serene landscape, having natural ventilation, proper lighting, and fresh plants or flowers. Another tried and tested way is by wrapping yourself with something soft like cushions, blankets, and other textile ensembles.

Blue as a formal colour

Achieving a minimalist and decorous ambiance is another strong suit of blue. During the reign of Queen Charlotte of England (1744—1818), royal blue was said to have been created for a competition to make a dress for the queen. Even though blue is frequently referred to as a masculine colour, there is a lesser-known shade of blue called “queen blue”.

Red and Blue Cushions on a Blue Sofa

In designing your home interior, a blue sofa matched with plain, or herringbone cushions will bring out balance and harmony to your living room. Compatible colours that would go with a blue sofa in a formal setting are taupe, grey, white, or beige.

Blue as a refreshing and invigorating hue

Because of its visual coolness, a blue couch can elevate any dull spot in your home. Whether you go for a patterned, textured, or just a simple shade of blue, it guarantees character and form to your living room.
Blue cushions on a blue couch with a wooden table

Pairing your blue sofa (preferably navy blue) with olive green cushions and drapes is a nice combination to stage a nautical-themed ambiance which is great for casual lounging but prepared for an impromptu celebration.

Blue as a versatile tone

Blue sofa with a patterned cushion and three lampshades

The dominance of colour blue in the world of interior style can be attributed to the fact that it is a primary colour which makes it receptive to any other colours and shades. So, it is safe to say that blue is the colour of trustworthiness.

A blue sofa is dependable not only for relaxation but in creating a visual symphony by using some of your existing furniture and soft furnishings. It’s easy to match with a variety of cushions like geometric, stripes, checked, neutral, and many more!

If you’re planning on buying a blue sofa (or if you already have one), make sure to incorporate them into your living room in a way that satisfies your sense of style and relaxation. Match it with fabulous cushions to imbue different types of dramas and create artistic imagery!

Cushions that would go well with your blue sofa

Patterned cushion on a tufted blue sofa

Spending time in a luxurious space should be a blissful moment - but where you're relaxing matters just as much. Many people know that there's nowhere better to rest than on the sofa, but did you know that there are so many different styles and types of cushions out there? 

Having your blue couch alone in the living room makes it boring and lifeless. Artfully placing the right cushions on it will not only give you added comfort but will bring out a beautiful symphony for the eyes. We at The World In Cushions, traveled far and wide to collect fabrics influenced by interesting cultures and traditions. Below are some of the best picks from our curated collection of cushions all over the globe.


Pink Check Harris Tweed Cushion from the Outer Hebrides - Bartsia

Pink Check Harris Tweed Cushion from the Outer Hebrides named Bartsia

Unexpected pairing as it may seem, pink cushions on a blue couch can create a relaxing contemporary ambiance or a beach sunset drama. Depending on the hue that you want to use, blue is an ideal backdrop for popping colours of pink.

Take a look at this Harris Tweed cushion sourced locally from our trip to the magnificent Isle of Lewis. We call this handmade piece Bartsia. Made from 100% pure new wool, the wonderful interaction of fuchsia pink check in orange and lilac overcheck recreates memories of the machair in full bloom. Bring the amazing beauty of the Outer Hebrides to your living room with Bartsia!


Grey & Yellow Ikat Cushion from Bali - Melati

Grey & Yellow Ikat Cushion from Bali - Melati

Never before has a little sunshine made such a difference on your sofa. Our Melati Ikat cushion, designed with an intricate and colourful pattern inspired by the early morning Bukit sunrise, is perfect for adding a dose of natural light to your living room. Ikat is the traditional method of textile patterning in which a bundle of threads is bound tightly before being dyed and then intricately woven into a fabric and then embellished with patterns significant to their culture.  Ikat is considered to be one of the oldest forms of textile art in Indonesia. When translated into English language, Ikat literally means “bind”.


Orange and Mustard Hand Woven Ikat Cushion - Kuda

Orange and Mustard Hand Woven Ikat Cushion - Kuda

Spruce up your blue sofa with this orange and mustard hand-woven Ikat cushion from Sumba named Kuda. The symbols depict the horse, which is an important figure in the Sumbanese culture to represent power, wealth, good fortune, as well as femininity. The back fabric is smooth terracotta linen which perfectly complements the patterns. This handmade piece originally measures 1 meter by 1.5 meters would have taken up to three (3) months to create and involved up to ten (10) skilled Sumbanese craftsmen. Inspired by the fresh, crisp feel of nature and the tranquility it brings. Kuda will not only elevate the vibe of your blue sofa but will invite a positive aura to your living room.


Large Rose Pink Cactus Silk Lumbar Cushion - Markunda

Large Rose Pink Cactus Silk Lumbar Cushion - Markunda

A sweet and soothing ambiance is what this handmade lumbar cushion guarantees when paired with your blue sofa. The main material used was the silk of an Agave Sabra cactus harvested in the deserts of Northern Africa by the Berber people of the Atlas Mountains. We named this faded rose-pink cushion, Markunda. The woven symbols mimic the traditional tattoos of the Berber women and have many meanings. Markunda belongs to our one-of-a-kind collection of Morrocan cushions. Whether you're looking for an accessory to pair with your favorite sofa or need just a more comfortable place to lay your head after a long day, Markunda will find its way into many a bedroom.

What’s truly amazing with Markunda and all of our Moroccan cushions is that for every piece sold, 10% goes to support the fabulous work of the Ims’One Project, a charity dedicated to the vaccination, health, and well-being of the Moroccan dogs (and some cats!) We were lucky enough to spend some time with them, and to participate in the walking of more than 50 dogs along the Moroccan coastline. We challenge anyone to visit the Ims’One project and not fall in love.


Gold & Burgundy Woven Cushion from Bhutan - Mongar

Gold & Burgundy Woven Cushion from Bhutan - Mongar

Cultural symbols and patterns influenced by the rich culture of Bhutan are what this handmade cushion brings to your blue couch. Backed with soft maroon fabric, the magnificent patterns of gold, burgundy, and green, are crossed by lavish rainbows of hues and are used to create Ghos, Bhutanese men’s national dress. We found this cotton satin cushion named Mongar in the bustling backstreet of Thimphu, the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.


Blue, brown and white cushions on a blue sofa with hanging painting in the background

 Blue is timeless, natural, and calming. It brings out trust and security, which is why it is considered a staple in nearly every interior design, from animal prints to teal colors. A blue sofa will add a touch of refinement to your living room. Pair it with warmer and more zestful colours of cushions and enjoy the serene experience every time you settle down on it. 

What makes The World In Cushions unique?

The inspiration behind the shapes, materials, and techniques of our cushions all stem from storytelling. The travel we’ve been able to cover thanks to each and every handmade reproduction, as well as the discovery of the world’s cultural diversity, is super inspiring. Now that you have a peek into our process, tell us your story: what’s your favorite memory while traveling? What inspires you? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Happy styling from The World In Cushions!



1. What type of cushions work best for a blue sofa?

Answer: When it comes to selecting cushions for a blue sofa, there are several factors to consider. To create a cohesive and visually appealing look, it's important to choose cushions that complement the colour and style of the sofa.

In terms of colour, neutral or complementary hues such as white, beige, grey, or navy can work well with a blue sofa. Patterned cushions with shades of blue, or other colours that match the blue shade of the sofa, can also be a good option.

When it comes to material, consider the texture and durability of the cushions. Soft fabrics like cotton or velvet can add a cozy touch, while durable materials like leather or outdoor fabrics can withstand frequent use.

In addition to colour and material, the size and shape of the cushions can also impact the overall look of the sofa. A mix of different sizes and shapes can create visual interest and depth, while sticking to a uniform size and shape can create a more polished look.

2. Should I opt for cushions with patterns or solid colours on my blue sofa?

Answer: The decision to opt for patterns or solid colours ultimately depends on personal preference and the overall design aesthetic you are trying to achieve.

If you are looking to add visual interest and texture to your blue sofa, cushions with patterns can be a great option. Patterns can range from subtle designs to bold prints and can add a pop of colour or a complementary accent to the sofa. It is important to choose patterns that complement the blue colour of the sofa, rather than clash with it.

On the other hand, if you prefer a more minimalist or streamlined look, solid-coloured cushions can provide a clean and cohesive appearance. Solid-coloured cushions in neutral or complementary hues can create a cohesive colour scheme and provide a subtle contrast to the blue sofa.

Whether you opt for patterns or solids, it's important to choose high-quality cushions made from durable materials that will withstand frequent use and provide long-lasting comfort.

3. How many cushions should I use on my blue sofa?

Answer: When it comes to choosing the number of cushions for a blue sofa, there is no set rule. The number of cushions you should use ultimately depends on the size of the sofa and the look you want to achieve.

In general, a smaller sofa may only require two or three cushions, while a larger sofa may require four or more. When choosing the number of cushions, it's important to consider the size and shape of the cushions as well as their colour and pattern.

A popular approach is to use an odd number of cushions, as this can create a balanced and visually pleasing arrangement. For example, using three cushions of varying sizes and patterns can create a stylish and layered look on a blue sofa.

It's also important to consider the function of the sofa when choosing the number of cushions. If the sofa is primarily used for lounging and relaxation, adding more cushions can create a comfortable and cozy atmosphere. On the other hand, if the sofa is primarily used for sitting and socializing, fewer cushions can provide more space for guests.

4. What materials should I look for when choosing cushions for my blue sofa?

Answer: The materials you choose can have a significant impact on the overall look and feel of your living space. While there are a wide variety of cushion materials available, artisan-made fabrics such as Ikat from Indonesia, Harris Tweed, and cactus silk from Morocco can provide a unique and stylish touch.

Ikat is a traditional Indonesian weaving technique that creates intricate patterns with bold colours. Cushions made from Ikat fabrics can add a pop of colour and texture to a blue sofa, while also incorporating cultural elements into the design.

Harris Tweed is a type of woolen fabric that is handwoven by artisans in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Known for its durability and unique textures, Harris Tweed cushions can provide a cozy and sophisticated touch to a blue sofa.

Cactus silk, also known as Sabra silk, is made from the fibers of the agave cactus and is commonly used in Moroccan textiles. Cushions made from cactus silk can add a bohemian and exotic feel to a blue sofa, while also providing a soft and luxurious texture.

When choosing cushion materials, it's important to consider factors such as durability, comfort, and ease of care. Artisan-made fabrics can provide a unique and stylish touch to create a one-of-a-kind look that is both functional and visually appealing.

5. What are some popular cushion styles for a blue sofa?

Answer: Some popular cushion styles for a blue sofa include plain or patterned cushions in complementary or contrasting colours, textured cushions with embroidery or embellishments, and cushion covers with graphic prints or bold designs.

6. How do I arrange the cushions on my blue sofa for the best look?

Answer: Here are some tips to help you arrange cushions on your blue sofa for the best look:

Start with a base

Begin by arranging two or three larger cushions at the back of the sofa to create a base. These cushions should be similar in size and shape to provide a balanced look.

Layer with smaller cushions

Layer smaller cushions in front of the larger ones to create depth and visual interest. These cushions can vary in size and shape but should complement the larger cushions in colour and pattern.

Mix and match

Experiment with different combinations of cushions to create a personalized and eclectic look. Try mixing solid colours with patterns, or different textures and materials to add variety and interest.

Use odd numbers

It's often best to use an odd number of cushions to create a balanced and visually pleasing arrangement.

Consider the sofa size

It’s important to consider the size of the sofa and the space around your blue sofa. For a larger sofa, you may need more cushions to create a cohesive look, while a smaller sofa may only require a few cushions.

7. Can I use different shades of blue for my cushion covers on a blue sofa?

Answer: Yes, you can use different shades of blue for your cushion covers on a blue sofa. Mixing different shades of blue can add depth and dimension to the sofa, creating a visually interesting and cohesive look. Just be sure to choose shades that complement each other and the overall design aesthetic of the room.

8. Should I choose cushions with contrasting colours or complementary colours for my blue sofa?

Answer: You can opt for either contrasting colours or complementary colours. Contrasting colours, such as yellows or oranges, can add a pop of colour and create a bold and dynamic look, while complementary colours, such as greens or greys, can create a harmonious and balanced look.

Consider the colours and patterns in the room when making your decision and choose cushion colours that will complement or contrast with them accordingly.

9. Can I use cushions with different textures on my blue sofa?

Answer: Yes, you can use cushions with different textures on your blue sofa. Mixing textures can add depth and interest to the overall look of the sofa, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. From velvet to linen to wool, there are a variety of textures to choose from that can complement the blue colour of the sofa and enhance the overall design aesthetic of the room.

10. How do I incorporate different cushion styles into my existing blue sofa decor?

Answer: Incorporating different cushion styles into your existing blue sofa decor can be a fun and creative process that can enhance the overall design aesthetic of your living space. Here are some tips to help you incorporate different cushion styles:

Choose a colour palette

Start by choosing a colour palette that complements the blue colour of your sofa. This can help guide your selection of cushion styles and ensure that they work together cohesively.

Play with scale

Vary the scale of the cushions you choose to create a visually interesting arrangement. For example, you could pair larger solid-coloured cushions with smaller patterned cushions for a balanced look.

Mix and match

Experiment with different cushion styles, such as solid-coloured cushions, patterned cushions, and textured cushions. Mix and match different styles to create a personalized and eclectic look.

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