38 Stylish Cushions For An Instant Interiors Update

Cushions are one of the quickest ways to update a room and right now, there are plenty of options to choose from, whether you want to go high-end or high street. Mixing different colours and patterns can require a bit of guidance, though – which is why we asked interior designer Laura Stephens to share her advice.
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Cushions Can Really Make A Statement

“When it comes to cushions, I love to mix pattern, styles, trims and shapes. Usually, they have the greatest impact when they’re either all patterned or all plain. Having said that, it does depend on how many you’re using and where they’re going. For example, on this window bench, we wanted to use as many as possible for a more luxurious effect, and knew that having different patterns and trims within the same pastel colour palette would have the most impact.”

Plain Styles Can Still Have Impact

“Some people like to use cushions sparingly on their sofas, in which case a larger square shape in a plain colour with a slightly smaller one placed in front of it in a complementary pattern can work well. Plain fabrics tend to be cheaper, so if you wanted to use your patterned fabric more sparingly, you can even do one side of it patterned and the back plain.”

Layer Up To Nail The ‘Lived In’ Look 

“It tends to look better when things aren’t too matchy-matchy. Using different patterns and trims is one way to create a look that appears to have been layered up, or collected, over time. As long as they’re either tonal or from a similar colour group (e.g. stronger jewel or pastel tones) they will work together.”

Where Possible, Try To Combine Different Shapes

“If a statement look is really what you’re after, it’s best to use a range of shapes and sizes – including bolsters, to which you can add a pretty ruched end and a button – because overall it will seem less contrived.” 
 
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