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How To Style Cushions

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From soft chevrons to playful star prints, Tori Murphy’s cushions will upgrade a tired sofa or enhance a bed instantly. Having previously worked at DKNY, Fendi and Christian Dior, and now producing her own line available in some of the UK’s tops design stores, Tori knows all there is to know about the simple styling tricks that make or break a home.

We spoke with her about all things cushions, the easy way to transform a space quickly and on a relatively small budget…

What are the three golden rules when it comes to styling cushions?

Use plump duck feather cushion pads; use natural materials (cottons, wools, linens); and mix and match different size cushions and different patterns and colours.

How can you transform a sofa with the help of good cushions?

You can change the feel of a sofa and a whole room by introducing a bright colour or a bold pattern. Also, switch up textures: try nice light cottons for summer or warmer wools for winter.

What about beds? Top tips for styling scatter cushions?

Most people take off scatter cushions when they actually get into bed, so you don't want too many or else you end up with a big heap on the floor every evening. Two or three works well for a double bed; buy contrasting patterns and sizes (start with the biggest and place smaller cushions in front) – generally, bigger cushions (60cm plus) are better for the bedroom.

What about colour?

It depends on your style but a relatively controlled palette of maybe three or four colours can create a calm, cohesive and inviting space.

How do you ensure the colours, the print and the fabric work together?

Go with what makes you happy. Stick to minimal patterns if that’s your thing, or mix bold, graphic patterns with simpler patterns and throw in a beautiful textured so you have three different things going on – three is a bit of a magic number when it comes to decorating.

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What about the pillow itself? How do you keep them looking plump and expensive?

Try and stick to duck feather pads, as they give the most pleasant feel when relaxing into them. Around once a month, it's a good idea to take the covers off and give them a good bash outside to get rid of any dust and redistribute the feathers evenly.

Which is your most popular print?

People still love out Chevy print, a pattern I drew on my kitchen table nearly six years ago.

How do you incorporate cushions into the rest of your room?

I have cushions everywhere, we have old wooden armchairs at the heads of our dining table and each has a cushion with a cotton cover – easier for washing any mucky hand prints off! I also have them on the floor in the sitting room for children to play, relax and read. There really is no rule, if you want to put a cushion there, put it there.

Chevron and geometric prints have been huge for quite some time now, what will be the next big trend?

Lots of bright colour, which gives a folky, vibrant feel that cheers up any interior space. 

Finally, anything else?

A house should be a home, it should be fully lived in, so always choose things that are well made, durable and if possible machine washable!

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