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How to decorate with a cushion

From time to time, we all grow tired of looking at the same decoration in our homes. We can’t really change the entire setting of a room when this happens, but a good cushion can make all the difference.  

Cushions can give any space a new look at a lower price than other home decor options. They’re also very versatile; you can use them in any room with a couch, a bed or a chair. So keep on reading to get the best tips for an easy, effective makeover using cushions.

A rainbow of possibilities

Nowadays, you can find cushions in many color shades, prints, and textures. A simple way not to be overwhelmed by this is to focus on the color palette of each space.

You can choose the best colors for your cushion scheme by understanding a little about color theory. Take a look at these examples for a living room furnished and decorated in neutral tones:

  • Monochromatic shades: using cushions too similar to neutral tones could make the room look dull. Instead of solid colored throw pillows, look for ones with patterns or interesting finishes.
  • Analogous shades: this approach allows you to play with tones close to the main colors of your space. You could have olive green and maroon cushions in an earthy toned room.
  • Complementary shades: if you’re going for a bold statement, you can add cushions in opposite colors to the main cushions in the room. A light toned neutral palette would be uplifted by vibrant blues, for example.

Color theory is a great tool for your home decor projects. Learn more about it here.

Cushion equation

Now, you could be looking to incorporate more than color into a room setting. This can be achieved by choosing a mix of patterns, finishes and textures for your cushions. Get creative! Think flowers or leaves for a nature feel, or a Parisian landscape for a romantic ambiance. Metallic finishes can add a modern touch to a classic looking room.

Since having more than a single main element can easily get out of hand, keep this equation in mind for your cushions: one simple print + one busy print + one solid print. This formula allows you to use color theory with a twist.

Cushion 101

Now that you have your colors in mind, it’s time to decide on the quantity and quality of your cushions.

Quantity usually depends on the surface you’re placing the pillows on and their size. You don’t want to crowd a sofa with too many of them, or have a giant cushion blocking the headboard on your bed. Try to avoid having them all in the same size as well; it can make the whole scheme feel boring.

When it comes to quality, down or feathers make for the best filling for a cushion. Down or feather cushions are more comfortable, cozy and luxurious-feeling than foam. They can also be used for longer, if treated with proper care.

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