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Selecting the right cushions for your room can be a daunting task. Who would have thought choosing a few little pillows could be such a big deal? Well there is no need to fret, we have developed a simple buying guide to help you master the art of decorating with these wonderful things.
The Cushion Rules
Let’s start off with a few basic rules. If all you do is adhere to these 3 rules, then you can’t really go wrong.
- Never match your cushions to your sofa. Often new sofas will come with a few matching pillows and if this is the case for you, then pick them up and take them straight to Vinnies. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.
- Don’t be afraid to mix it up with different textures, patterns and sizes. Choose 2 to 3 central colours that are found in other fabrics and furniture throughout the room and use these as a basis for your selection.
- Have fun! Remember first and foremost to choose something you love. This is a great way to display your own personal style and you should choose something that you will love to look at every day.
Find your colour palette
Once you have your 2 to 3 central colours then you can start shopping. We often get asked if solid colours or patterns are the better choice and are answer is always… both! Solid colours are an exceptional way to pull together the central colours in a busy room. If you are going for a more traditional look, then a couple of bold solid coloured cushions can work well, or you can mix these up with a couple of matching patterned pillows.
If you are going for a more modern look then you have a bit more creative freedom with your choice. We think you can have up to 6 different types as long as you stick to your central 2 to 3 colours that tie the sofas together and to the rest of the room. Think about using one solid colour for every 2 patterned pillows as this seems to be a good ratio in any room. Experimenting with different sizes and shapes can be a lot of fun! Try mixing things with with a few smaller rectangles coupled with some larger squares. You will be amazed at the balance a few differently shapes can bring.
How many cushions should I put on my sofa?
As a general rule, three seater sofas can take up to six and two seater sofas can take up to four. This doesn’t mean you have to have this many but try to avoid going over this number so you have enough space to sit down! For a more modern look, use an odd number of pillows and place a different amount of pillows at each end of your sofa. One of our favourite arrangements is two squares on each end of a sofa with a rectangle in the middle. It provides symmetrical balance without going for a traditional two by two. If you decide to go with four, then try three down one end and one at the other.
Cushion Covers: How important is fabric?
Don’t be afraid to experiment with a number of different textures but do try to stay within the one or two families of fabrics. Coupling a silk with a corduroy and linen will no doubt look tacky and is best avoided. Large prints on tightly woven fabrics such as linen or cotton often provide the best result for modern rooms. Read more about what fabric to choose here
Tips for buying cushions online
One of the more important things to check when buying cushions online is whether or not they come with an insert. Most of the time they won’t because stuffed items are expensive to send in the post and it can be much cheaper to buy your own inserts. You need to be aware of what you are buying as you don’t want to be disappointed if you think you are getting a four big stuffed pillows but end up with four covers. It is also advisable to look for detailed and clear photos when browsing. The colour and/ or pattern will become the centrepiece of your room so use these images to choose carefully. The most important thing to check when buying anything online is the returns policy of the company you are buying it from. To protect yourself, and your purse, you must ensure that you can easily return your purchase if it does not meet your expectations. Read our guide to buying online.
How to care for your cushion covers
One of the most important questions is how to care for your cushions, particularly if you are in a busy household where spills and accidents common. We have written a comprehensive set of articles just for this purpose and you can get all the info you need to ensure the extended life of your new purchase.