In today’s home the humble cushion is as common place as the chair or sofa it sits upon. Quite simply the easiest and most accessible way to style any living space, cushions are one of the most popular home accessories available. With over 50 styles from Pets, Superheroes, Celebrities and Nature, the variation in style is overwhelming in itself let alone material, filling and design. We take you through everything you need to know about finding the perfect cushions for your space.
Some Cushion styling Tips
Use bold & lively patterned cushions to brighten up a plain decor, vibrant styles are also great for giving an old sofa or chair an instant makeover. Remember to mix style and color, giving your sofa several identities. This is ideal for adding comfort, style & depth all in one, the cushions can also be reversed for an instant change. Rectangular shape cushions work well with arm chairs and can also be used to layer with other sized scatter cushions. Don’t forget that there are now also many outdoor suitable scatter cushions & floor cushions available, so you can style your garden furniture, poolside or yacht in the same way as you living space.
Be adventurous with your choices, cushions aren’t a permanent fixture in your home or outdoor space so it’s safe to experiment. Mixing pets, celebrities, or stripes with florals is a great way to break up the designs, but always use similar colours to avoid over clashing. For the less adventurous, try a patterned cushion mixed with several plains, pick a colour from the patterned piece and choose plains in this colour to accentuate the pattern without being overbearing.
Lastly, think about cushions as a personalized touch to an overall decor theme. They can bring all the elements of your interior together by simply fusing colours and patterns found around the room. A great style counts on the details, and this is extremely true in cushions. Details such as appliqué, embroidery, fringing and tassels can be the perfect finishing touch to your cushion arrangement and in turn your room’s overall style.
Curious to know about some History?
Cushions and Pillows are now a clearly divided range of home accessories, but in the beginning they were really the same thing. In ancient times, Egyptians would use stone or marble blocks with a half moon shape cut to lay their head on. It is believed rather than for comfort these types of early pillows/cushions were used more to keep bugs from crawling into ears. There is also evidence to suggest that the Romans were using cushions too, of the softer variety, and the Zafu meditation cushion has its roots in ancient Chinese and Japanese history.
It is also said that in Europe during the Middle Ages, when cushions & pillows were a status symbol, King Henry VIII banned the use except for himself and pregnant women. The industrial revolution finally saw the widespread use of both cushions & pillows in the UK when they became mass-produced by companies in the United States, making them more affordable.
Coming along way from then, funky cushions are now used in everyday society, and are as much a style addition as they are a comfort creator. Used on sofas, chairs, beds, daybeds and floor spaces they can transform a room’s look as well as help create a relaxing living area.