Until quite recently, it was said that the kitchen was the heart of the home, but that has been replaced in recent years by the living room. Be it entertaining your friends, catching up for a cup of tea with family or just putting your feet up to watch the TV, the living room is the central hub of your home and your furniture is a major part of that.
Whether you have recently got new soft furnishing or are looking to spruce up your existing suite, choosing the right cushions can make or break your living room’s whole look. By choosing designer cushions, you can easily add style and luxury to your room, whilst having the quality and durability that often doesn’t come with cheaper styles of cushion.
One of the positive advantages of cushions is that they are as versatile as accessories to your living room as the accessories that you would add to your outfit. When you are choosing your cushions, you don’t have to be restricted by the colour or fabric of your existing soft furnishings. You can opt for contrasting colours, matching, complimenting or the same colour but in a different shade, depending on the final look that you are going for. For example, if you have blue soft furnishings, you can pick a shade from the same colour family, choose a neutral hue to compliment it or go for a completely contrasting red, but in the same lightness or darkness.
You can also use cushions to add a modern feel to your soft furnishings. A really good way to update the look of your living room is to add a few statement cushions to add vibrancy and a new direction of style and design. Alternatively, you could have mainly plain cushions with just one or two more vivid and patterned statement cushions to add variation to the look of your room without having to be too daring or change it too much.
Another factor to seriously consider when choosing your cushions is the texture. As your living room is a place for comfort and relaxation, the feel of your cushions plays a big part in this and can make a nice room into a great room. You need to consider the fabric of your soft furnishings when picking the type of cushions. Say you have a leather sofa; a natural silk cushion may be too cool and slippery against it. But by picking velvet cushions instead, you can add a touch of warmth and a welcome contrast in feel to delight the senses.
You really want to go for quality when shopping for your cushions. You don’t want faded colours or decorations that fall off or fray. They are the kind of item that can really help add a touch of luxury to your home.
One thing that you don’t want to end up with is an over-kill of cushions. A few, strategically placed cushions on your sofa and arm chairs can be the icing on the cake and bring your living room together with a stylish, well-designed feel. If you overload on the amount of contrast or the amount of cushions that you use, you could end up with a dated look which makes the room appear cluttered. Just like any other accessory, you just need to use a bit of thought and creativity and don’t go overboard.
About the author: Jessie Ronald has been making Designer Cushions since she was in comprehensive school and was finally given a grant last year to start a small firm making Designer Sofas and Designer Cushions.