Six ways to style cushions like a pro

 Six ways to style cushions like a pro

There are few things quite so relaxing as cosying up on a comfy couch surrounded by cushions at the end of a hard day’s work. From luxe factor of velvet, to the coolness of cotton, to faux fur or the chic comfort of cashmere, cushions can take relaxation to another level, and at the same time, are pivotal in finishing off the look of a room perfectly.
Emma Taylor, Henley Homes’s senior interior designer, shares her tips and tricks when it comes to creating comfy and creative cushion magic.


What’s hot


Emma says, “That’s the beauty of cushions, they can be any size, shape and can come in all sorts of fabrics, plain, textured, patterned, be-frilled and be-ribboned, or piped and tailored. I love velvets and patterns, and anything embroidered! I also love a trim, whether it is a bead or fringe or even bullion cord. Colour is really big at the moment as it’s a perfect antidote to the somewhat dark and dismal times we’ve been living through of late, and cushions are a great way to add a bit of frivolity to a room, space and atmosphere.”


Rooms to cushion up


Both the living room and bedrooms are the ultimate rooms for cushions. “Adding oversized cushions to a couch elevates the look from ordinary to extraordinary. To arrange cushions on a couch, try placing the two largest matching cushions on the outer edges so they rest on the arms, then a set of matching ones to follow and then a single accent cushion in the middle. I have a motto: that you can never have too many cushions! If you have an occasional chair in a study, add a cushion, or and entry bench seat, a boxed, piped seat pad adds instant colour and personality.”


Swapping for the seasons


“In summer, you might want a couple of gorgeous floral or bright checked pillows to enhance an already basic set of everyday cushions. You can then swap these out in winter for warm velvets, cashmere, wool in muted tones for that warm, snug look, or go all out and have a different set for each season. All you need to do is just change the covers.” Emma adds.


Cushion faux paxs


Emma says, “Choose cushions that blend well into the furnishings you already have, I love to have different sized pillows, so nothing is too uniform. Always use feather filled inserts, they sit better and plump back into shape with a few shakes.


Let’s chop it


Creating the ‘pig’s ears’ look for your cushion adds a more tailored and polished look. But this can only be done using feather filled square cushions, so many prefer keeping the cushions plump and positioned!


Cushion favourites


“I love the Designers Guild range of cushions, especially the Christian Lacroix and John Derrian ones. They are colourful, quirky and beautifully made. Some of the bespoke cushions we’ve had made in our new World of Homes at Mt Atkinson are particularly nice We’ve used some really gorgeous fabrics, velvets, sateens in heavenly colours, which really set the mood of the room of perfectly.” Emma adds.

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