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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.

Satara Metallic Stools make a Splash at Sydney's Cruise Bar

Satara Sales - Thursday, April 21, 2016

In this month's Australian Grand Designs Magazine,  Sydney's revamped Cruise Bar features, and front and centre are a Cluster of Satara's metallic stools.

This visually stunning array of metallics and timber stools creates a casual space for everyone.  Solo, Zenn and Cleopatra Side Tables.

 

      

Designer metallic Side Tables from Satara

Satara Sales - Wednesday, June 03, 2015

One of the strong trends we observed at The Milan Furniture Fair in 2014 was that of metallics.

It's taken a little while to catch on,  but any self respecting interior revamp wouldn't be complete with a touch of metallics - copper, brass, silver and gold are all popular accents.

A popular way to introduce this is with a functional little side table or stool from Satara.  Available in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, designs and price points there's bound to be a perfect one for you for your next project.

 

Top 10 Tips for Choosing Side Tables for Indoor Decoration

Colleen Johnston - Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Side tables serve a practical purpose and are most often found seated next to a sofa, a chair, or occasionally, a bed. Practicality aside, your choice in a side table is a great way to add a touch of color or texture that can reflect your personality and style. Here are 10 tips to keep in mind as you begin your hunt for the perfect side table:

1. Height is an important characteristic for a side table. Ideally, a side table will be two and a half to four centimeters shorter than the furniture it's nestled up to. Our Zinc Drum Stool and our Jupiter Side Table are the perfect height for bedside or chair side. They make an eye catching statement as well.

 

 2. Consider what you'll want to display on your side table. Our beautiful streamlined Athena Side table offers the right amount of surface space for a lamp and a stack of favorite reads.  It has been designed to nestle around a sofa or bed.


3. Less is more when it comes to accessorizing. If you've decorated with a lot of patterns and upholstery, stick with a clean and simple side table. Our Mols Square Side table is a perfect side kick to busy fabrics.


4. On the other hand, a side table can add an element of interest to a more monochromatic contemporary living design. Our Lamp Side Table or our Square London Table aren't visually demanding, and their natural looking rattan will add just a touch of interest and texture.

5. Keep side table use to a minimum. Two chairs positioned next to each other can share on table. A sofa can accommodate two side tables, but consider the space in your room first to avoid the mistake of overcrowding.


6. The material that your side table is made of is important. A metal, marble, or glass topped side table can be the perfect resting spot for your favorite beverage. Satara's Venus Side Table is an excellent choice for a side table that can be used for entertaining.  


7. What do you want your side table to store? Our Nordic Side Table Set of Two and our Dovetail Side Table can nestle neatly as one table, or they can be used apart for double surface storage. Our Log Side Table offers extra storage with its lower shelf.


8. Since side tables are an accessory, they can be a little more bold and daring than a large piece of furniture should be. Our Zenn Side Table and our UFO stool really make a statement with their noteworthy shape and style.   


9. Don't be afraid to mix and match side tables. While matching tables are fine, two different tables in made of the same material or color will look amazing. Try our Solar Stool with our Solo Side Table together. The metal and gold character they share will keep your decor cohesive.

   

10. Most importantly, make sure you love your side table. If you're not sure that you really like it, keep looking for the one that's just right for your taste. We're certain that Satara has the perfect side table for you!

                    


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