The "Do's" & "Don'ts" of Decorating with Cushions

Cushions Interior Styling


I love how cushions are a simple yet extremely effective way to completely transform a space. Adding cushions to your bed or sofa is probably one of the quickest and most non invasive ways of introducing new colours, patterns and textures to a room. And although there’s technically no right or wrong way of adding a stack of comfortable cushions to your interior schemes, there are some things you may want to consider in order for your cushions to achieve maximum impact! 


DON’T 

Buy beautiful cushion covers only to fill them with cheap synthetic cushion inserts. Low cost polyester filled cushion pads may look plump to begin with but more often than not your plump pillows will turn flat and lumpy in a matter of weeks. This will not only make them feel uncomfortable, it’ll make the cushion covers look low quality.

 

DO

Invest in high quality feather or down cushion inserts. Feather inserts are much softer and more comfortable than their synthetic counterpart and will keep their shape indefinitely. But more importantly, good inserts will make even the cheapest cushion covers look like a million dollars. When using feather inserts I suggest choosing an insert that’s slightly larger than the cover itself, as this will give your cushion an expensive luxe feel.

 

 

DON’T

Restrict yourself and stick to one colour when buying cushions for your space. Although cushions in different shades or hues of one colour may look well put together, it’s often a hard look to achieve successfully! You’ll also find that if your cushions are very close in colour they’ll provide a very similar look no matter which way you arrange them.


DO

Experiment with your colour combinations to give your cushion arrangement a unique look. If expanding your colour palette feels daunting, perhaps choose 4 or 5 complimentary colours from a piece of art you may have in the room. You could also look on sites such as Pinterest for some colour combination inspiration. 

 


DON’T

Go too matchy matchy, this will only make your room look flat and old fashioned! If you like a more complimentary look then be sure to pick cushion covers in a wide range of textures. Plush velvet cushions are an excellent way of adding depth and dimension to a more subdued colour palette. 

 

 

DO 

Be brave when it comes to choosing patterned cushions. After all, if they don’t work together you can simply move the offending cushion cover to another room. I love clashing different patterns and find it gives a visually interesting and eclectic feel to a space. When playing around with putting patterns together think about the size of the pattern repeats, the colours and also the scales of the patterns. For example, if you intend on placing animal print cushion covers next to something like a floral print just be sure that the size and scale of the two patterns contracts enough so that your eye can easily see where one pattern stops and the other begins. 

 


DON’T

Forget that cushions come in all different shapes and sizes! Mix regular square or rectangular shapes with a fun round cushion cover or a more traditional bolster cushion. Doing so will really spice up your cushion arrangement. If you’re set on square cushions be sure to play around with multiple sizes and maybe throw some boxed edge cushions into the mix too! 

 


Whether you’re renting, looking or a cost effective way to make your house feel more like home or simply giving your interior a facelift, decorating with cushions is a quick and easy way to inject some personality into any room inside the home. Here at Holmes Living we have a range of handmade cushions to suit any interior scheme. Can’t find what you’re looking for? I’d be more than happy to speak to you about a custom cushion order, creating beautifully bespoke cushion covers made to your exact requirements. Simple contact me today to enquire about Holmes Living’s custom order service. 





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