Latest cushion looks: this season's colours and materials
Look to cushions first when your interiors need a re-fresh.
Loren Marks one of the designers behind New Zealand linen company Penney and Bennett says, "cushions are a great way to update your look, they're fun to collect as they are easily swapped out."
"Just buy covers," says Hayley French, interior designer of Crush Interior Design, "use the same inners all year round so you don't end up with storage issues. Cushions are notoriously difficult to store."
COLOURS AND PATTERN
This season sees a return to natural tones such as "greige" (grey-beige), khakis, charcoal, yellow and red ochres, says Marks. "It's about pigments found in nature that are soft and tonal."
"Earthy tones," advises French, "mushroom, plum and forest green."
Graphics, French says, is the pattern of the moment.
MATERIALS AND TEXTURE
Materials for cushions seem to be trending in the two extremes: rustic and luxurious.
Marks says go for either lush velvet or washed linens and cottons.
There's a knack to layering cushions to really change the look of a room.
Marks suggests using different tones from the same colour family.
"If you're using prints, ensure it's not too overwhelming by mixing prints with the similar colour tones. Choose prints with different 'tempos', such as prints with fine lines contrasting prints with more blocked areas."
If you're primarily going for a neutral look, small pops of bright colours look effective, she says, and contrasting sizes create a luxurious, full look.
FOR THE SOFA
"The best tip for sofa styling is two on one side and one on the other," says French, "keep to uneven numbers."
Marks says, "a general rule should be enough cushions to be comfortable but still look good if they have been ruffled and sat on."
FOR THE BED
Think of the bed in terms of layers, suggests Marks, this will create depth and texture.
"Aim for enough cushions and pillows to cover about three layers; there is the base layer, middle layer and final layer." Euro pillows, she suggests, can be used for the base layer or the final layer. Standard pillows can be used for any, and throw pillows should be used as the final.