Gone are the days of using pillows for solely functional purposes. Occasional, throw, top-of-bed, scatter – all are common terms for cushions which are mainly used for decoration, or at least more pretty than they are practical.

Hip to be square

If you’re going for square, you’ll need to play with size, colour or pattern to make an impact. It is the most obvious shape, so there’s definitely work to do. For grand-scale pieces, why not explore the offering for floor seating? They’re perfect for accommodating last-minute guests and ensure there’s visual interest from ground to ceiling.

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OKA Yocha Geometric Cushion & Anthropologie Pommed Jute Pillow

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Anthropologie Tasseled Maddie Pillow

Round in circles

Circular pillows can be considered quite old fashioned, but vintage is back in a big way. A puckered design in lustrous velvet harks back to the 50s and 60s. Seen in many a shop window and magazine, their resurgence is largely due to Soho House’s love for the iconic design – and who isn’t following all of their social media feeds for daily inspo? They are everywhere!

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Lulu & Georgia Monroe Velvet Cushion & Soho Home Banner Cushion

For a more global outlook, opt for embroidered cushions inspired by Moroccan, Indian or Persian (to name a few) handicrafts.

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Niki Jones Concentric Cushion & Bombay Duck Martha Round Pouffe

Lovin’ lumbar

Perfect for placing on your bed or along a spacious sofa, the lumbar or bolster cushion is the least predictable option (and you get way more surface area). My favourite textiles for this style are kilim, Ikat or traditional South American weavings with Aztec-inspired designs.


Local y Lejos Chapateo Lumbar Pillow

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Soho Home Broadwick & Archer Oblong Cushion

So, explore your options and find out what works best for you. Pillows can transform your room in an instant.

Top photo credit: Lulu & Georgia