What do your bed, couch, and armchair all have in common? Other than the fact that you sit on them, of course! They can all be home to cushions that accent your home decor perfectly. Originally used as a status symbol in ancient Mesopotamia, to rest your head upon, cushions are now a ubiquitous part of every home’s character. Quite clearly, if your home is not cushy, it’s not right.
If you leave out of your mind the functional headrest cushions or seating floor cushions, what you’re looking at is a pure design element that allows you to transform your look with little-to-no effort. But you must avoid your home becoming a cushion dumping ground. And that requires these next 9 tips, to tastefully and meticulously style your home with these versatile home accessories.
The Channel 46 collaborated with Nupur Vaid, Co-Founder of Kyoona, who lists 9 smart hacks you would consider for making a statement with cushions.
1. Colour Comes First
If your home is built up in neutral tones, then let your cushions add a pop of colour. Be mindful of keeping the tonality the same. If you have warmer hues, then choose brown, yellow, or orange. For cooler ones, choose blues or purple. You can find an element with the same colour, or co-ordinate all the cushions together. Try not to match the same colours as the furniture. You’ll end up with a lumpy look with no relief for your eyes.
2. Contrast Or Co-ordinate
Don’t be afraid to go bold and contrast your colours. But to have a simple, calming, and sophisticated look, go for a well-curated and co-ordinated set.
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3. Play With Shapes
One shape doesn’t fit all. Make your space fun by going for a circular cushion, a rectangular one, and other interesting shapes that you find, apart from the regular square cushion. Add different shapes and sizes to create layers. Then mix-and-match these with similar colour tones to create textures with shadows.
4. Don’t Just Judge A Cushion By Its Cover
What matters is what’s inside. Cushion fillers come as down, feather, polyester, microfibre and many more types of materials. Each has its own pros and cons. However, the popular preference is the sustainably-sourced, cruelty-free, 100% organic cotton or wool insert. Then take a look at the cover. Thread count, material, weave, and ply – the 4 pillars of great fabric. Find one that is breathable, soft, gives a shine, but most crucially, is worth resting your head or hands upon.
5. Accessorise Further
Add a frilly or knitted throw and co-ordinate it with either the cushions themselves or the couch. Perfect for cozying up with a cup of coffee!
6. Don’t Go Overboard
Go for a three-tone colour palette at the most. Anything above and beyond will add chaos to the space. As you add colours and contrast, create breaks at even points across the space or focus it all towards one corner.
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7. Remember The Armchair
Even your armchair can house a beautiful cushion. Choose one that is an artwork in itself. But ensure that it’s worth adding the cushion here. If the armchair has a small profile, the cushion will just eat up space unnecessarily.
8. Humanise It
Perfectly ironed and placed cushions seem too perfect and create a do-not-disturb vibe. Add a nice fluff to the cushion by chopping them from the middle to make them look easy-going. Don’t place your cushions too perfectly. Allow them to fall a little naturally and create soothing lines and shadows, creating a welcoming vibe for your guests. And even yourself, because you will feel uncomfortable and conscious in messing up a perfectly done up place, marring the very purpose of planning an easy home decor.
9. Cushions Aren’t The End-All
Your home has unlimited opportunities for styling. Artworks, rugs, lighting, flooring, walls, just to name a few. Adding too many elements will give your home a disorganised appearance with no thought to direction. Choose your colours, patterns, prints, materials and textures based on what you want to feel when you’re at home. Whatever suits your personality and the mood you want to create in each space.
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