How to arrange cushions on a corner sofa?

Colourful handmade cushions on an L-shaped white sofa


A sizable sofa set in the center of a room or leaning against a spruced-up wall are the typical arrangements we see in every interior landscape of a spacious living room. The main reason is that a living room is where you welcome guests or friends. Hence, it is the most ornamented space in every home. This is where you display your treasured vases or jars, engrossing artworks, luxurious furniture with cushions, pictures of your family’s milestones, and many more. Of course, you want all of these to be noticed and appreciated by your guests. You want them to feel the story of your life by looking through the pieces of things memorable and significant to you and your family. Having them sitting in the center of a living room makes the fluidity of an arrangement discernible. But what if you are staying in a “not-so-spacious” home where situating an item of bulky furniture such as a sofa set in the center makes the functionality of a space hindered?


Grey corner sofa with paintings, a lampshade and a white table


This is where you take a glance around the room to see which space would look best for positioning your sofa without overlooking the usability of an area. More often than not, you’ll end up staring in the corners. Yes, in this scenario, having a corner sofa is the best setup to go. Discover how you can make a room visibly spacious and how cushions recreate the ambiance of your corner sofa through diverse approaches in interior design. 


What about corner sofas?

A corner sofa is an L-shaped sofa (or U-shaped for double corners) that elevates the versatility and symmetry of an area which makes it perfect for compact spaces. It can also act as a room divider to create different sections in a room and maximize the use of each space.

Corner sofas can have more than one corner, which makes them adaptable to any room, especially narrow ones. Presently, corner sofas are widely associated with minimalist and contemporary interior designs mainly because it is a space-saver without sacrificing the quality of style in a living room.


Tufted brown corner sofa with grey drapes and a matching rectangular table

Why choose a corner sofa for your living room?

Corner sofas are suitable for bigger families staying in a small house because it does not consume a lot of space leaving enough walkways in the living room. It frees up the central area to give way for more pieces of stuff like coffee tables or even unique statement pieces. Besides, you can realize countless design ideas for the living room space. For an instance, you can put up a small reading spot with magazines and books to have the guests something to read while waiting or simply a space where you can lay a yoga mat and do some exercises or meditations.


Scandinavian-themed apartment with grey corner sofa


Furthermore, the corner couch repurposes less noticed and glossed-over angles of a room. It gives a relevant function to a narrow corner. You only need a sofa set, some cushions, and an inspiration or as the French language says “beau idéal” to turn a corner spot into a majestically designed seating area! 


Different cushions speak for every mood

Harris Tweed cushions on a white sofa


A corner sofa without cushions is like a magazine without images. It is unappealing and lifeless. Bring out the cushions, move the couch and start decorating the corners. Every design combination speaks a lot about a personality. Start by choosing a theme, then pick a suitable colour palette to start with. Play with the textures and patterns until you achieve your plan. Consider the function of the corner sofa and walkways. Always remember that comfortability and fashion are best buddies, not enemies.

What cushions would go best for your corner sofa?

Choosing the right type of cushion for your corner sofa mainly depends on what kind of design concept you’re trying to achieve. You need to pick a theme that relates to how you would like your living room to be pictured. This will promote uniformity and consistency in the setup of your corner sofa.


Shabby Chic living room with a brown sofa


 Tastefully furnished space is what the Shabby Chic style brings! 

If you intend to welcome light and airy ambiance to your corner sofa, a shabby chic style is the best option. Bring out the vintage decors, patinated leathers, weathered woods, and naturally timeworn furniture, this is their center stage! A lived-in and faded look is the vibe to aim for. Thrift store shoppers will definitely love this interior style. 

Balancing the old and new designs in the corner sofa and cushions will create a sense of whimsy and delicateness which makes them compatible with a shabby chic interior. Beautifully curated sheets and covers that give a vintage look are a good addition.

Pale Grey Cotton Ikat Cushion - Kumbasari

Pale Grey Cotton Ikat Cushion | Kumbasari

When we were sourcing fabrics from the captivating province of Bali, we came across an ethnic fabric called “Ikat” which literally means bind” in the Indonesian language. Ikat refers to the complex technique of bundling or binding together fabrics to dye them before weaving. Kumbasari is part of our stunning collection of handmade Ikat cushions that was named after a market in Bali. Doused with pale gray in cotton material, Kumbasari will bring a relaxed, inviting, and dainty mood to every corner sofa.


Regal-themed cushions for clutter-free, refined, and minimalist impression.

Patterned and Neutral-coloured cushions on an L-shaped white sofa


Often mistaken as a bare or empty space, minimalism can be portrayed as the straightforwardness of a style to promote an instantaneous grasp of the function of an object or space. A minimalist design allows you to focus on what are the fundamental elements and that every piece is made with a purpose.

For corner sofas, a neutral palette, clean lines, sleek exterior, and monochromatic shades are the attributes of a minimalist feel. The advantage of this style is it makes any spot appear larger and decluttered. In choosing cushions for this category, you need to go for textures and depth with quiet visual plays favourable to a setting of modernism.

Dark Blue Herringbone Harris Tweed Cushion - Heath Dog Violet

Dark Blue Herringbone Harris Tweed Cushion | Heath Dog Violet


This neat and exquisite cushion named Heath Dog Violet is featured in our locally sourced Harris Tweed cushions that highlight elegance, harmony, and simplicity. This Harris Tweed cushion will complete the minimalist picture of your corner sofa. This grey-blue herringbone cushion is inspired by the steely winter waters of the North Minch and reflections of the distant mainland shores in the Isle of Lewis where it originated. Simply remarkable!


Elegant and rustic cushions complete a French country look

Cabriole-legged furniture, gilded mirrors, and toile fabrics are some of the indispensable objects to be considered when staging a French country-inspired room. The dominant use of distressed woods and any other natural materials is what makes this style singular. For corner sofas, lightly patterned fabrics in muted colors leaning against a sun-kissed wallpaper is what makes it French country. Rustic appeal with ample quaintness is what to look out for in furniture or decor.

In cushions, graceful and subdued patterns with colours that are in medium to low intensity are compatible with the theme. French Country presents a casual and welcoming atmosphere to any space in your home.

Blush Pink and Cream Ikat Cushion - Stroberi

Blush Pink and Cream Ikat Cushion | Stroberi


Another charming item that belongs to our collection of Ikat cushions is Stroberi. Having a blush pink and cream exterior with a sophisticated design makes it an impeccable piece for a French country-styled corner sofa.  


Embrace the natural calmness of the Scandinavian motif

L-shaped light brown sofa in a white and brown-coloured living room


An important keyword to take note of when conceptualizing a Scandinavian design is “Hygge”. It is a Danish term referring to the quality of wellness, and contentment. Toning down the visual noise to appreciate cosiness and balance is an amusing facet of a Scandinavian style.

In terms of the aesthetic quality that it brings, earthy elements and colours in a corner sofa pair well with still tones and unfussy patterns in cushions. Natural light and orderliness of an arrangement to draw out the emotional quality of space are vital for this style too. 
Green Herringbone Harris Tweed Cushion named Lichen
Green Herringbone Harris Tweed Cushion | Lichen


This mesmerizing Harris Tweed cushion called “Lichen” is locally sourced from the scenic Isle of Lewis. Calming green colour symbolizes the tones and textures of the Outer Hebrides’ landscape. Artfully placing Lichen on a corner sofa perfectly sums up the Scandinavian vibe.


Art Deco style represents the colourful stories of the past and the vigor of the future


Colourful Kente cushions on a green sofa



Rose to fame in the 1920s and 1930s, a conspicuously Art Deco look can often be described as bold, glamorous, opulent, and streamlined. It is the era of linearity, exuberant patterns, abstractionism, and numerous art pieces that pay homage to the rich culture and traditions of the bygone periods.

For textiles, sunburst patterns, stepped forms, and geometric became trendy. History-rich prints are common as a backdrop or mural. Incorporating nature-inspired patterns in your corner sofa is just one of the many ways to channel the Art Deco style. Choosing cushions sheathed in bright and deep yellows, reds or greens will complement the motif. You must encapsulate the concept with glamour and flair.

Gold & Burgundy Woven Cushion from Bhutan - Mongar

Gold & Burgundy Woven Cushion from Bhutan | Mongar

This handwoven cotton satin cushion labeled as Mongar came all the way from the lively backstreet of Thimphu, the capital of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. The symbolic patterns of gold, burgundy and green are crossed by a lavish rainbow of hues resembling Ghos, the men’s national dress in Bhutan. Revolutionize your Art Deco-themed corner sofa with the conversational piece Mongar.


Things to consider when arranging cushions on your corner couch

Now that we have identified the cushions that would give your corner sofa a certain level of panache, we need to figure out a way how to aesthetically display the cushions in a manner that comfort and fashion completely meet in the middle. Here are some of the things you should bear in mind when arranging cushions on a corner sofa.


Dimensions of the corner sofa

We must note the dimensions of a corner sofa prior to deciding how many cushions to be arranged on it. This is to avoid oversight in the function and sense of style for both the corner seats and their cushions. One compelling aspect that will determine the number of cushions to be placed on a sofa is its seating capacity. How many can sit comfortably on the corner sofa while enjoying the warm snug comfort of cushions? Again, the balance of function and style is significant to an efficient and visually striking interior design.


Colour combination

Yellow and blue cushions on an L-shaped blue sofa
Once you’ve picked a theme, identify its colour palette. From this, you can play around with the hues, patterns, and textures. The key thing is consistency. Always be perceptive in the macro and micro picture of the entire living room. You can orchestrate a different atmosphere or mood in a corner sofa using a suitable range of colours and shades as well as cushions that would harmonize with it.
Colours are remarkably effective elements in channeling emotions and sensations!


Size and shape of cushions

Moroccan cushions


Cushions come in many different forms and sizes as many as their designs. You can either mix and match large and regular-sized cushions or be coherent and go with equal sizes. Moreover, shapes convey different visual plays and kinds of comfort in any space too!  Common forms of cushions are circular, bolster, lumbar or tube shapes. You can pick and choose different shapes for an eccentric vibe or identical forms for a minimalist mood. 

The traditional way to arrange them is by putting the smaller cushions in the front and then backed with the larger ones. Another good choice is to have the number of cushions proportionate to the seating capacity of a corner sofa.



Grey sofa with cushions, lampshade and a rectangular-shaped table


The first step that you need to do is to think of how you enjoy using the cushions on a corner sofa. Cushions are generally used as a support when sitting but they can also give relaxation whilst snuggling them. But a lesser-known fact is that cushions are great in imbuing a sense of character and style to any space. Thus, cushions take a huge part in achieving a cozy and inviting vibe in your corner seats. Remember this when designing (or redesigning) your living room.


U-shaped white sofa with white cushions


Corner sofas in any colour matched with expressive cushions are our living room’s constant reminder that when we got home, no matter how long or tiring a day is, there will always be a time to sit back, connect with our loved ones and enjoy stories that are worth sharing. Aside from the suggestions above, let us know in the comments if you have interesting tips and bespoke ideas on how to arrange cushions on a corner sofa. They might be typical for you but a gem to others.

Happy styling from The World in Cushions!

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