You've finally bought a new couch. Congrats! After mulling over fabric swatches, testing out cushions, and debating over mid-century modern versus English roll-arm, you've committed, placed the order, and now your new favorite piece of lounge furniture has arrived in your home. What's next? Like most people, you've probably opted for some sort of neutral base fabric for your sofa. We love a bright or patterned accent piece any day, but for a big investment item like a sofa, we tend to recommend going with something that you won't get tired of in just a couple months. So neutrals- everything from cream to soft greys and blues- are the best option to set the scene and create a blank canvas for fun accessories.
So, now you get choose everything you put ON the sofa. These are the things that make it soft and comfy, the accents that add color, texture and personality. This is, after all, the place you'll probably spending tons of time, whether it's hanging out together on the weekend or entertaining friends around the coffee table. We're talking plush throw pillows, snug blankets that you can't wait to curl up in, and other bits and pieces that add some flair to your seating area.
Here are some of our faves:
World Market Zig Zag Lumbar Pillow
A good rule of thumb is use a small-to-medium sized lumbar pillow between two matching square pillows. This one is made of an exceptionally soft indoor/outdoor fabric, which means it will hold up well to heavy traffic. The black and white palette acts as a nice neutral as well to balance out brighter colors.
$29.99 (SHOP NOW)
World Market Geometric Throw Pillow
This graphic blue and white cushion is another super-durable indoor/outdoor option. A pair of these would look great paired with a solid color lumbar pillow in a dusty rose, or mustard yellow.
$29.99 (SHOP NOW)
Bryar Wolf Amina Pillow
This gorgeous, slightly oversized lumbar is hand woven in Morocco out of cactus fibers. Neutral or black and white accent pillows would look great with this color-rich showstopper.
From $170 (SHOP NOW)
Urban Outfitters Velvet Throw Pillows
Mixing in some solid colors in with your patterned pillows will make your sofa feel more grounded and cohesive (especially if you choose one base color that is used throughout all the pillows). These super-soft cushions come in a range of 12 pretty hues to choose from.
$49 (SHOP NOW)
Serena and Lily Jamesport Pillow Cover
If you want to change up the look of your sofa for spring without buying all new pillows, consider getting an assortment of pretty pillow covers that you can swap out with the seasons.
$98 (SHOP NOW)
Jaipur Cosmic Down Pillow
This bold multi-colored pillow is perfect for mixing and matching on a sofa (pair with solid peach tones or a small blue and white pattern).
$137 (SHOP NOW)
Pom Pom At Home Finn Throw
A chunky knit throw is a couch essential for cold evenings, and it adds a nice texture to your sofa. We love this one because it's both cute and machine washable!
$195 (SHOP NOW)
Urban Outfitters Geo Tufted Tassel Throw Blanket
A throw blanket can also be the perfect opportunity to bring in some soft color and texture to the sofa. This one has a nice lightweight feel for when it's not super cold out but you need a little extra warmth.
$69 (SHOP NOW)
Sferra Dorsey Throw
Ok, so this guy is definitely an investment but there's nothing quite like cashmere when it comes to warmth, texture, and the feeling of pure luxury (add a glass of wine and some chocolate and we're 100% set).
$550 (SHOP NOW)
Anthropologie Nikea Throw Blanket
This poppy throw is made of a lightweight embroidered cotton (we love the tassles!) that's perfect for summer evenings.
$98 (SHOP NOW)
Vintage Kantha Quilt
Kanthas are handmade, one-a-kind quilted throws from India. They can be used as a lightweight blanket, but we like to drape one on the back of a sofa to add some subtle color and pattern.
$44 (SHOP NOW)