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Everything you Need to Know About Selecting the Perfect Cushion

Satara Sales - Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Cushions tick a lot of boxes in interior decoration. Want a new look without spending a lot of money? Cushions. Want to bring texture, colour or pattern into a room? Cushions. Sofa or chair not 100% comfortable? Add a cushion. While it all seems simple, with so many to choose from, it can be difficult to make a decision! We’ve pulled together our favourite tips to make the selection process a little easier. 

Shape and Size

Consider where the cushion will sit in a practical sense. An armchair may benefit from a rectangular, lumber style cushion while a deep-seated sofa could use some bulkier cushions to sink in to. The size of the cushion is important. Ensure it’s not too big that it takes over the sofa, or too long to sit nicely on an armchair. It’s great to have a combination of sizes and shapes on a sofa. Try a grouping of a medium-sized square cushion, a smaller square and a round or rectangular style for contrast.


We also asked Trudie Cox of Eadie Lifestyle (she’s a cushion expert!) what her hot tips were.

"Cushions can inexpensively transform the overall look of a room. We change our wardrobe for the seasons, why not take a leave out of the European way of living, and do the same for your home? I love making a living or bedroom space light and fresh for Spring/Summer by introducing soft colour palettes and light fabrics in natural fibres. When the cooler months are upon us, mixing things up with pops of strong colour, or introducing bold textures in a monochromatic colour scheme, can add warmth and cosiness to our living spaces".

Filling is Everything

Even the most boring of cushions looks better with a good insert. Sometimes that’s all that is required- a swap over of cheap, synthetic inserts with a feather or combination version. They feel and look fuller, plusher and inviting. While they may cost a few dollars more, it’s well worth the investment.


Contrast

Whether you aiming for a monochromatic, minimalist style home or a bohemian, country or eclectic interior, contrast is important. This can be found by contrasting shape or size (as mentioned above), contrasting colour, pattern, material or details (trims, embroidery, beading etc.). Contrast provides visual stimulation and interest. A Hamptons-styled, neutral palette can still benefit from using various textures, such as linen cushions pared back with a knitted style for example. A more vivacious home could find a floral teamed with a stripe and a plain coloured cushions- all on the same sofa! Subtler contrasts provide a chic, minimal or formal appearance, while a more obvious contrast brings fun, energy and charm. As Trudie mentions, not everything has to stay the same either.

“The Eadie range offers various Linens and Velvets in more than 23 striking colours. Most Importantly, have some fun with it! Unleash your creativity - it doesn't have to be permanent and can add vibrancy and a fresh new look to your favourite space."


Groups of Three

Grouping of odd numbers works particularly well in decorating and styling. There’s something about the way it feels complete and effortless which has professionals always reaching for the third cushion. Mind you- only do this where the space allows it, such as a master bed or a sofa! One corner of a sofa can be a happy home for three cushions. Try to contrast size, shape, texture or colour here. Start with the largest at the back and work to the smallest at the front. That way you can see all of your beautiful cushions in one glance.

Quality Classics

Investing in some well-made, classic cushions can form the basis for more spontaneous purchases which are more seasonal or trend based. For example, finding a simple, linen cushion in a colour which works with your sofa will always work with colourful or fun options down the track. Focus on the quality, with beautiful, sturdy fabrics and colours which will not date, such as greys, flax and oat variations.

Using Accessories to Complete the Home

Satara Sales - Tuesday, September 11, 2018

 

Accessories encompass a large range of items, from cushions to lamps, vases, candles, sculptural objects and beyond. They are the small elements which give insight into the occupant of the home. What colours and styles do they like? Where have they travelled and what interests them? They can be fashion items which are easily changed as the season’s pass, or they can be carefully collected over years and years. Even if you reside in a completely minimal home, a few curated objects will complete the space. Below are some of our tips for sourcing and arranging accessories at home.

Find a common thread

If selecting accessories makes you a bit nervous, try to find a theme, a colour or style that interest you. For example, if you love a Hamptons style home, collect accessories with a natural colour palette with hints of blue. Add items made from rope, polished stones, baskets, lanterns and white-washed timber vessels. If you have some existing accessories, ask yourself what you love about them. Is it the pattern? Is it the fact that it’s on-trend/ contemporary/ rustic? This will give you hints as to what aesthetically interests you and sets a palette. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration too. Finding a “goal” image is a good starting place to build on your home- with touches of your own personality too of course!


Objects with meaning

Some of the most successful homes are filled with objects that mean something to the occupant. They tell stories of their life, their travels, interests and, family. They may not be the newest, the shiniest or the trendiest pieces, but they move beyond this. These items may consist of gifts, photos, inherited pieces, travel mementos and special items purchased to celebrate an important time. Try not to hide these things in cupboards and bring them out for all to see. Mix store-bought pieces with something your child made, a collection of pinecones or an inexpensive piece bought in a marketplace on the other side of the world.


Found items

There is much beauty to be found in nature, that doesn’t have to cost a thing. A beautiful bowl filled with river pebbles is a gorgeous, tactile arrangement. Or large leaves and stems brought in from the garden to fill a simple glass vase. Elements of nature add depth, colour and texture to a space and can be changed easily and without a visit to a homewares store. Fruit and vegetables also work well in kitchens and meal areas. Pops of colour through citrus fruits or a pile of green apples. Wintery displays of pumpkins on a kitchen bench is an edible delight too.


Practical accessories

If you feel accessories are unnecessary or ostentatious, try to find objects which are beautiful but practical too. There are great utensils, desk items, and bathroom objects which make for beautiful displays but can also be used each day. Baskets for books, candles for their scent and interesting books are also props which can not only look great but have an important use as well.


Groups of three

There is something magical about the number three. Try it yourself with an arrangement of three objects on your coffee table or bedside. A tray on a coffee table, for example, looks complete when layered with two other items, such as a thick, hard covered book and a poesy of flowers. Or three cushions on a sofa. It just feels “right”. On hall console, try a lamp, a vase and a small, low dish. In a bathroom, a gorgeous soap, a timber brush and a shell or piece of coral group together nicely. If you’re more of a maximalist, keep with the odd numbers, five being another excellent combination.

Contrast for maximum impact

When grouping accessories, try not to be too coordinated. Don’t be afraid to combine different textures, shapes and colours. Materiality matters too. Try layering objects made from varying materials, such as timber, marble and leather. Or, glass, ceramics and timber. This allows for each individual item to be observed on its own merit, standing out from one another. With this said, there can be beauty found in arrangements of similar items, such as a collection of candlesticks or trinket boxes. Even here though, various heights, shapes and sizes will add the final touch within the vignette.

 


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