Mix & Match colours, shapes and sizes
When combining cushions try to mixing and matching colours with different sizes, it is good practice to stick to a maximum of three colours. Unless you’re going for a very specific look and each of the colours is balanced and equally represented, more than three colours on a sofa or bed looks busy and chaotic. When combining cushions of three colours of the same size, select hues that are complementary rather than contrasting, and which sit on the same end of the colour spectrum.
If you choose bright, contrasting hues, the stronger, warmer colour will dominate the others, making your selection look unbalanced. If you want to inject a pop of colour, pattern or contrast into your décor, a good way to do this is to choose cushions of different sizes. That way, you can incorporate the strongest, boldest colour in small doses. If in doubt when combining colour, stick to the 60/30/10 rule: the biggest cushions should be the most neutral in your palette, the medium-sized cushions the mid-tones, and the brightest colours, like red, orange or yellow, should be the smallest (for example rectangular cushions) or the fewest (just one, centred on the bed or sofa as an accent).
Playing with Patterns
These easy to change little living accessories are the perfect way to experiment with pattern in your home and decor. Because they’re easy to swap out as the seasons (and your tastes) change, you can afford to be a little daring in the decoration department. When pattern blocking (layering distinctly different patterns) with geometric cushions, balance is essential: so you don’t overwhelm the senses, choose one size cushion throughout, and try to strike a fairly even balance between each of the patterns you select. That way, you’ll avoid creating a chaotic-looking space, and it will be clear that each pattern is intended. In other words, not one of the patterns you use should look like an afterthought.
Playing with Texture
Colour and size aren’t the only interest that these accessories can bring to a room. Throw cushions can be made of almost any fibre and woven in a multitude of ways, meaning that texture and finish varies greatly. To give a room depth, try selecting cushion with distinguishing textures, we love adding interest with our luxury Tibetan range. This will emphasise the other fabrics and materials in the room. For example, try a rugged woollen or plaid cushion against a smooth leather couch. If you have a linen or cotton-covered sofa, a chunky cable knit design or a velvet finish spices things up.
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