Whether they’re adorning your sofa or scattered across your bed, cushions and pillows are something of an interior design staple. Despite being one of the most common household accessories, there are many ways you can use these decorative soft furnishings to breathe new life into your decor. To unleash their true potential, here are three ways you can get creative with cushions and pillows:
Experiment with colour
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to choosing colours for home accessories. However, as a general guide, the colours you select for your cushions and pillows should complement other elements of your rooms to create a harmonious look. Take inspiration from the walls, pieces of artwork or furniture and choose shades that will help to bring the whole room together. However, try not to be overly matchy with your colour palette. Rather than blending into your furniture, you want your cushions and pillows to stand out and inject some liveliness into your interior. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and choose clashing hues. For a dramatic effect, brightly coloured cushions against neutral surfaces work particularly well. Of course, the more neutral the room’s background colour scheme, the brighter and more vibrant your soft furnishings can be.
Combine different shapes and sizes
Opting for cushions and pillows that are all the same size can make your living space seem too formal and clinical. To give your home a more welcoming and homely look, choose a variety of shapes, from square, to oval, to oblong. This will help to give depth and interest to your decor and create an eclectic look that will provide your rooms with an informal feel. Using a variety of small, medium and large cushions can also create a more relaxed, appealing look. To bring some cohesion to your arrangement, try a range of different sized cushions with the same colour.
Play around with patterns and textures
Don’t be afraid to play around with a variety of patterns either. Whether it’s floral, striped, paisley or chequered, mixing multiple designs will give warmth and vibrancy to your living space. To blend your patterns to perfection, try pairing a busy, eye-catching design with a more understated one. Bold prints teamed with solid block colours can also work well. In addition, layering fabrics and textures can help to inject some personality into your rooms. For example, velvet and silk work well in traditional, luxurious settings, while fur and cotton exude a contemporary feel. When using different fabrics, make sure there is at least one common colour to give the arrangement some unity and remember to contrast heavy textures with lighter ones for an added sense of balance.
Because of their versatility, cushions and pillows offer an easy and effective way to revamp your interior decor without any hassle. With a little bit of creative thinking, these accessories can be used to add personality, style and comfort to almost any room in your house.