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The Great British Cushion Debate

The Great British Cushion Debate...a hot topic in our households. You too? Well we are here to fight Team Cushion's corner and show you lots of ways you can style your scatter cushions. We spoke to the wonderful interior designer Lucy Marsh, who is listed in the prestigious House & Garden Directory of the 100 Leading Interior Designers. Lucy is recognised as ‘a leading British designer creating timeless luxurious interiors.’ Join us as Lucy gives us her top tips for styling cushions in your home.

"When dressing a room I add layer upon layer of colour, texture and pattern to achieve the perfect balance of style and comfort.

Cushions are an essential element as they bring character and warmth; a depth of colour, soft textures, intricate patterns, embroidered details...."

Lucy Marsh

1. Create a Focal Point

A strong geometric block print pattern or embroidered fabric on a cushion cushion will add character and detail to an interior scheme. 

2. An Injection of Colour

Cushions can bring an uplifting flash of colour which brightens a calm space.

Cushion, Red Wicker, Square, Large, 54cm
Fermoie
£110.00
Cushion, Halsey, Red/Green, 50cm x 50cm
Wicklewood
£85.00
Cushion, Hemant, Red/Pink, Wavy Trim
Penny Morrison
£180.00
Cushion, Square, Red Cove Linen, Small, 43x43cm
Fermoie
£105.00
Cushion, Square, Chiltern Linen, Orange, Small, 43cm
Fermoie
£95.00
Cushion Cover, Ocellus, Burnt Umber, 51x51cm
Oka
£75.00
Cushion, Friendly Folk, Melon, Orange, 43cm
Andrew Martin
£65.00
Cushion, Tamahu, Orange Yellow Red, Square, 50x50c
Wicklewood
£135.00
Cushion, Osborne, Oblong, Yellow, 50 x 30cm
Wicklewood
£85.00
Cushion & Pad, Lucy, Yellow, 50cm x 50cm
KD Loves
£85.00
Cushion, Mya Diamon, Mustard Yellow, 60cm
Kalinko
£75.00
Cushion, Square, Hamble, Yellow, Small, 43cm
Fermoie
£95.00
Cushion, Square, Green & Orange, 50 x 50cm
Rosanna Lonsdale
£78.00
Cushion, Halsey, Green/Yellow, 50cm x 50cm
Wicklewood
£85.00
Cushion Cover, Nostell, Diamonds, Seaweed Green
Oka
£55.00
Cushion, Anoushka, Blue Green, 50cm
Wicklewood
£115.00
Cushion, Square, Blue Ikat, 50 x 50cm
Rosanna Lonsdale
£78.00
Cushion, Anur, Blue, 51x51cm
Oka
£75.00
Cushion, Alyssum, Blue, 40cm
V&A
£20.00
Cushion, Osborne, Oblong, Blue, 50 x 35cm
Wicklewood
£85.00
Cushion, Square, Purple, 50 x 50cm
Rosanna Lonsdale
£78.00
Cushion, Square, Cool Pink Cove, Linen, 43x43cm
Fermoie
£105.00
Cushion Cover, Blue Crane, 50cm
Sarah Fortescue
£110.00
Cushion, Maya Paraiso, 55cm
Andrew Martin
£59.00
Cushion Cover, Long Necks, Pink Piping, 50cm
Sarah Fortescue
£110.00
Cushion, Pelican Paradise, 55x55cm
Andrew Martin
£109.00
Cushion Cover, Spoonbill, Rose Pink, 50cm
Sarah Fortescue
£110.00
Cushion, Square, Pink & Red, 50 x 50cm
Rosanna Lonsdale
£78.00

3. Creating a Colour Palette

Cushions can be used to highlight an accent of colour, to tie in other features in the room, such as a vase or a fabric texture of the same hue. 

Cushion, Jungle Grey, 55cm
Andrew Martin
£65.00
Cushion, Lilly Oversized Oblong, Cream Multi
Wicklewood
£165.00
Cushion, Volcano Canvas, 55cm
Andrew Martin
£49.00
Cushion, Nina Linen, Sail Blue, 40 x 30cm
Susie Watson
£42.00
Cushion, Kingdom Canvas
Andrew Martin
£49.00
Cushion, Hearts, 45cm
Sophie Allport
£27.00
Cushion, Navaho Grey, 55x55cm
Andrew Martin
£99.00
Cushion, Summit Fennel, 55x55cm
Andrew Martin
£89.00
Cushion, Fasano Strom/Vieste, 55x55cm
Andrew Martin
£75.00
Linen cushion, 40 x 30cm, Susie Watson, Nina, rose
Susie Watson
£42.00
Cushion, Plain, Duck Egg, 45 x 45cm
Susie Watson
£39.00
Cushion, Nile Powder, 55cm
Andrew Martin
£49.00

4. Different fabrics for different settings

Cushions can give greater comfort by making a sofa more inviting to relax in, choose soft warm fabrics such as a velvet, wool or cashmere...

Cushion, Trek Linen/Savannah Storm, 55cm
Andrew Martin
£49.00
Cushion & Pad, Soul, Mother of Pearl with Fringe, 50x60cm
Himla
£73.00
Plain Velvet Cushion Cover, 51cm, Porridge
Oka
£55.00
Linen Cushion Cover, Ink Blue & Pad, 51cm
Oka
£55.00
Cushion Cover, Portloe Plain, Prussian Blue, 56x56
Oka
£75.00
Plain Velvet Cushion & Pad, 51cm, Sea Blue
Oka
£70.00
Cushion, Palazzo Fig, 55cm
Andrew Martin
£89.00
Cushion, Velvet, Rose, 45 x 45cm
Susie Watson
£59.00
Cushion Cover, Plain Velvet, Hot Pink, 51cm
Oka
£60.00
Cushion, Jaipur, Dusky Pink, 45 x 45cm
Christy
£35.00
Cushion Cover, Velvet/Linen Contrast, Powder Pink
Luna Home
£31.50
Cushion, Misti, Blush Pink, 50cm x 30cm
Murmur
£40.00

5. I am often asked how many cushions

On a three seater sofa, I allow 5-6 scatter cushions; two large in each corner (50x50cm) with two smaller ones in front (45x45cm) and two rectangular shaped cushions (50x30cm) in the centre. The Wedding Present Company supply brands such as Wicklewood that do cushion sets - available to add to your wedding list. 

Lucy Marsh offers a bespoke cushion design service. For all your interior design queries contact Lucy and her team or email: enquiries@lucymarshinteriors.com. If you need help with your wedding list and what cushions to add, reach out to your wedding list advisor who will be able to help you with suggestions.