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Decorate with cushions: tricks for affordable and sustainable decor

We love updating our home decor. And choosing the right products doesn't have to be expensive. So if you're looking to give your home a unique, affordable and sustainable touch, these cushion decor ideas will be very useful. Believe it or not, these comfortable accessories can make all the difference in spaces like the living room or bedroom. Let's get started!

Changing the cushions on the sofa or bed and creating different colour combinations can be like a breath of fresh air. As we said, it's a very affordable way to make that refreshing change you want for your home—and it will hardly take any time. ;

The key to success? Consider the rest of the elements in the room and the effect you want to achieve. For example, if neutral colours are the main feature of your living room, you can play around with lots of prints and colours; but if there is a stand-out style or tone, you'll have to choose cushions in a matching range to achieve balance. Next, let's look at some different sustainable options at the best price.

Decorating with printed and solid-coloured cushions

Combining patterned and solid-coloured cushions is one of our favourite options for a balanced decor. As you can see in the photo, the sofa in this living room is brown, so we recommend the print on some of the cushions being in similar tones to bring everything together.

As the focal point, we have chosen the FRANSINE cover with Aztec motifs in warm, earthy colours, which pair wonderfully with the couch. It also features shades of blue, which allows us to incorporate this colour in other solid-coloured covers and create contrast, without losing the warm balance we are looking for. The print is perfect for both rustic and modern homes; and the cover is not only stunning, but also environmentally friendly, as it is made up of 50% wool—a renewable material. ;

Use cushions to travel without leaving your living room

Look at the photo and mentally remove the cushions. It wouldn't be the same, would it? This is what we mean when we say that cushions can play a key role in the decor of a room. ;

In this case, it is a living room where light tones such as off-white and wood stand out. Therefore, a solid-coloured cushion in a bold colour, like mustard yellow, next to another with a print in the same shade is sure to fill the room with personality. ;

The stand-out piece is the TILLTALANDE cover with Jordan-inspired palm trees and camels, which, when combined with the rest of the decor, takes us away to that place. And the best part? It's a cushion cover with a social purpose, as it's handwoven at the non-profit Jordan River Foundation, which provides stable wages to female Jordanian artisans and Syrian refugees. No two covers are the same, as the craftswomen choose the colours and where to place each embroidery. It is also made of 100% cotton from sustainable sources. Could you ask for more?

Decorating with reversible cushions featuring special details


We've already talked about prints and colours, but what about texture or decorative details? If you're looking for a cushion that's even more special and different from the rest, then a design like the KLAAFINA cover might be for you. ;

Besides featuring decorative tassels, these cushions come in different colours and textures on each side, so that you can change up your decor depending on the moment and, above all, feel that your cushions are unique. But that's not all: like the cushions we just spoke about, these also serve a social purpose. In this case, they have been hand-crafted by social entrepreneurs in India's Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan states. ;

Made of 100% cotton, each cushion features its own unique design as they are handmade. They require little care and are easy to remove and throw in the washing machine when needed, thanks to their zip closure. Whether on your bed or your sofa, they're the perfect touch. ;

Decorating with cushions in neutral tones

Are you a fan of simplicity when it comes to your decor? We also have many options for you—and at a very affordable price. At IKEA, we have a wide variety of cushion covers in soft shades such as white, beige, grey or dusty pink. Colours that will pair perfectly with your bedding or sofa, as well as the rest of the room's decor.

However, to really achieve the style of decor you want, we recommend combining several of them, like in the photo.

And if you want them to stand out a little more, you can opt for a design like AINA, which features neutral colours along with ribbon ties on one side, giving it a very cosy and romantic touch. As you see in the photo, you can display the ribbons or hide them as you like—if you get tired of them, just turn them around.

Are we forgetting anything? Oh, yes! They are 100% linen, a renewable material that adds a more natural feel to your decor.

Decorating with multicoloured cushions

And now for something completely different: a design created for those who love bold colours and want their home to convey a lot of energy through its decor.

We have both HANNELISE, with its bolder multicoloured print, and STENMÄTARE, with its softer multicoloured print—both made of 100% cotton from sustainable sources. They work perfectly together and on their own, and are perfect paired with a wide variety of colours, including yellow, pink, orange and blue. So, if any of these tones feature heavily in your bedroom or living room, these cushions are perfect for you!

However, if you want to have enough cushions, whether on the bed or on the sofa, we recommend combining these with other solid-coloured varieties in one of these colours, so that the result is striking but not overbearing.

Now that you've seen all the possibilities that cushions have to offer to your home decor, what are you waiting for? It's time to grab a few! When you do, you're going to wonder why you didn't do it before. And if you're keen to learn more decorating tricks to revamp your home at a great price, here are a few articles that may interest you.

We love it when customers use our products in a creative way. Why not try to do something new with them yourself? But do remember, any modifications or changes that you make to IKEA products will prevent them from being resold or used for their original purpose, thus invalidating IKEA product warranties and your right to return them.