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.
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.
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.