7 simple tips to decorate with cushions
Never match your cushions with your sofa. Your cushions should pull together all the colours and patterns in your room. Choose the colour of your cushions based on other colours in the room. Don’t just think about walls and other soft furnishings. Take inspiration from table lamps, artworks or knick knacks. This will help tie everything in the room together. Think about using online colour swatches and pick out two or three central colours in your room. Your scatter cushions will only need one of these colours somewhere in them to carry this central theme through. Perhaps choose one or two solid colours, then a few with patterns that have elements of the room’s colours.[caption id="attachment_3380" align="alignleft" width="690"] Image courtesy of Elements[/caption]
You can mix different patterns together if they have similar colours that will, again, tie them together. The patterns may be different, but if you ensure they are similar in size, they won’t look odd. Another idea is to place plain cushions between the patterned ones.
It’s stating the obvious, but start with the biggest cushions at the back and layer your way to the front getting smaller as you go. Speaking of layers, loads of cushions may look great, but they’ll be all over the floor when people try to sit down. Make sure you leave plenty of room for bottoms to fit on the seat![caption id="attachment_3381" align="alignleft" width="690"] Image courtesy of Elements[/caption]
If you want a traditional look then have an even number of scatter cushions. Consider two matching solid square colours for each corner of the sofa, then add two smaller matching patterned cushions in front of the other two. On the other hand, a modern or eclectic style room calls for an odd number. A three seater sofa could have five different scatter cushions. Just make syure they all comes from your colour palette.
5. Size and shape
Cushions don’t need to be the same shape and size. Try two solid coloured large cushions that pull together the different tones in the room, then some slightly smaller ones with different patterns but similar colour palettes placed in front. Finish off the arrangement with a small rectangular cushion in the middle that is patterned with similar tones to the two solids.[caption id="attachment_3366" align="alignleft" width="690"] (top-left) Tamsin Seafoam pillow ; (top-bottom) Lopez Silver pillow; (right) Antoinette Pearl round cushion[/caption]
Of course you may like to stick with variations of one colour, but break things up with a variety of textures, such as washed linens next to knits. (Both very now.)
7. Reflect the seasons
Look for bright colours and cheery florals in spring and summer, then swap to darker earthier tones in autumn and winter for a cosier feel.Kasey’s Summer Blossom Collection cushions are 45cm x 45cm and cost $55. More information: http://www.littlemissgee.com