How to Choose a Cushion to Complement Your Sofa
Look in any modern British home and you’ll find cushions. This interior design accessory serves a dual purpose. Firstly, it makes any sofa, chair or daybed a more comfortable place to sit and relax. Also, a cushion can also look great, whether used inside in the living room, outside on garden furniture, on beds or on chairs. The choice of cushions for your home is extensive, and can be bewildering. Often, it’s a matter of defining your own personal style and then choosing a cushion which fits in with it. Checked, striped, plain, velvet, cotton, floral, silk or geometric – there’s a lot to choose from.
Look At Your Sofa
If you’re choosing cushions to place on the sofa, then it makes sense to use the sofa design as the starting point. If you’re buying a new sofa, then many manufacturers will include a few new cushions with your purchase. If you then want to buy more, you can use the manufacturer’s choice as a starting point to buy more. However, take care not to overload your sofa with cushions as it may have the undesired effect of actually making it less comfortable to sit on. If you have bought a sofa without cushions, or don’t like the ones the retailer has supplied with the sofa, then it’s down to you to inject some colour and texture. Cushions go a long way to making any sofa look a lot more comfortable and inviting.
Types of Cushion
It would be impossible to list all the types of cushion and give the advantages and disadvantages of each – there are just too many. However, there are some basic categories which all cushions can be grouped into, and this will help guide your choice.
Cushions can either be stuffed with a natural material with down or feathers, or with a synthetic polyester filling instead. Some may use a combination of both. Feather and down filled cushions are often more expensive, but may give a more luxurious feel. Microfibre fillings are just as soft as down, and cheaper, but can be less pliable than natural materials. The cheapest filling material is foam, but in order to make the cushions comfortable, it has to be shredded into small pieces.
Firmness of Cushion
The material used to pad your cushion also determines how firm it is, so it is also important to think about why you want cushions. If you want a cushion to provide some extra support to your back, then you will want to look at firmer cushions. If on the other hand you want a cushion more for the look of the cushion or to snuggle into while relaxing on the sofa, then a softer cushion may be appropriate.
Shape, Size and Design
Once you’ve chosen how firm or soft you want the cushion to be you can start to think about topics like plan or patterned, whether you’d prefer a cushion with fringing or tassels, or that kind of fabric you’d like your cushion to be made from. Most people think of cushions as simple squares but there are many other different shapes and sizes on the market too. Consider long bolster style cushions for a bed, or small circular cushions to contrast with square designs.
Organising your Cushions
There’s no point in spending a fortune on gorgeous cushions and then just dumping them in a heap on the sofa. Take some time to think about how you will arrange your cushions for maximum impact. Usually, It’s better to start by placing the largest cushions at the back of the sofa, and put smaller and more striking cushions in front. Mixing up different patterns and styles of cushions can also be very effective, often more effective than making sure everything is matching and perfectly coordinated.
A good way of embracing this trend is to choose one key colour, but to mix up cushions of different sizes and designs all using the same colour. Another option is to stick to one pattern like stripes, florals or spots, but to mix the colours and sizes of cushions. Another good trick is to mix textures, choosing a combination of perhaps leather, fake fur, wool or plain cotton. Spend some time organising and rearranging your cushions until you get the look you’re happy with. And remember, if you get bored with the current set of cushions, replacing them is a lot cheaper than replacing a whole sofa.
Take a stroll through any furniture warehouse or through the pages of a sofa website for inspiration. Use the ideas created by professional design teams to shape your own thoughts on how you’d like your home to appear. Once you gain confidence and experience in interior design, you should find it easier to start making your own choices about how to best select cushions for your home.
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