How to arrange pillows and scatter cushions?

At CDI, we believe that soft furnishings are the ‘pièce de résistance’ that helps elevates the entire look and feel of the room. For this week’s blog, we are going to be focusing on scatter cushions and pillows which come in an overwhelming variety of sizes, colours, and prints. They can be purchased of the shelf or made bespoke. With a wide variation, arranging them can sometimes be a hassle, that’s where we come in. We’re here to help guide you on how to arrange these cool pieces that will that extra ‘oomph’ to the space.


First and foremost, one of the things we need to think about is what room are the intended pillows and cushions to be placed in? For a bedroom setting, we normally opt for a small rectangular or bolster cushion which we place at the front and central of the arrangement to create a main focal point. A CDI design tip is selecting a colourful or fun print for this central piece. Then the second layer behind the bolster would be a pair of standard 60 x 60 cm scatter cushions which will add height to the arrangement.

For a sofa or bench setting, we recommend a 2 or 3 combo for each corner. Selecting a fun pop of colour for the front cushion and placing a printed cushion behind helps add character to the space. Another CDI tip would be to always choose an arrangement of an odd number.

For the master bedroom in our ‘Belgravia by the sea’ project, we designed and had the headboard made bespoke in a whimsical and traveled feel patterned fabric. We selected prints and colours for the pillows and cushions that were inspired by the fabric. As this is a bedroom, pillows were required in the soft furnishing layout. To create a focal breaking point, we selected white pillowcases with subtle blue trims and placed this on top of each other to create height and depth and also to function as support for the extra large square cushions. The bed for this project was quite large, therefore, we produced a long rectangular cushion that created a parallel connection with the headboard and width of room. Creating a seamless and subtle effortless aesthetic.