Are you craving a change in your home? I’ll share a little secret, throw cushions are decorating magic. Add a few to a sofa or bed and you have an instant makeover. I can’t tell you how many times we go into a home and the homeowner is thinking of getting a new sofa to make the room prettier. News flash…a new sofa alone won’t bring your room from drab to fab. It’s all about the accessories…and throw cushions are the bomb.
We’ve put together some images from homes we’ve decorated to show you how to cushion it up like a pro.
Trim is making a major comeback…Did anyone else have a poncho with this type of trim on it when they were little? My mom made my sister and I matching ponchos, way back when. For a current, fun look, add a cushion or two with some trim. There are many modern trims available now, so please don’t resurrect some trim cushions from the early 90’s.
Mix and match patterns…don’t match everything perfectly. Go out of your way to put together fabrics that don’t match, but do co-ordinate in the room. There’s nothing wrong with putting paisley, stripes and zig zags together.
Have something that’s a bit different…we love furry cushions or hand embroidered motifs. With the popularity of the bohemian look, embroidery is starting to show up again. It’s nice to throw in that cushion that is a little bit different or hand made.
Every room needs a touch of animal print…and throw cushions are the perfect way to bring in the animal. Whether you choose to do it in bold or bright, animal prints add that touch of exotic. Just remember that a little goes a long way.
Mix together formal and casual fabrics…it gives a room some tension and edginess. Notice how the sheen of the velvet below contrasts with the nubbliness of the Ralph Lauren wool plaid cushion.
Use different textures…groupings look so much more cosy when they are not all the same. Combining heavy and light textures provides a high end look. A simple way to think about it is to make sure you have soft and rough. Easy peasy to remember when shopping.
Combine solids and prints…The orange chair below is so very orange that we put an unrelated cushion as an accent. Having orange in the cushion would be too matchy matchy…and you know how we feel about that.
Make sure some of the cushions become useful…The felt cushion below is the homeowner’s favourite. She uses it as a bolster cushion for her back. So even though most of us think about cushions for decorating, they often do serve a purpose.
Have the fun factor…Cushions, like lipstick, are what people notice. Say something about your personality with the cushions you choose. After doing a Design Style Package at a client’s home, she loved her new look so much, that she wanted to just stay home! There’s no better compliment than that!!
Hope you are loving your home enough to want to stay home.
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Karen Fron Design is a full-service Interior Design Firm located in Calgary, Alberta. We specialize in bespoke residential & commercial interiors, custom furniture & draperies, and whole home renovations.
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