I’m letting you into a stylists quickest trick -whether it is for your bed, couch or armchair, a quick and easy way to transform and refresh a tired look and add colour to the whole space is to cluster a series of cushions of different colours, sizes and textures together.
Your furniture may have cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars, so you want to be able to refresh the look of them as your style changes and when you want to create different moods without spending a lot of time or money.
Take a look through these selections of different clusters that include looks ranging through, beachy, elegant, classic, beachy, retro, glamorous, luxe, natural and organic styles. As you can see, all the cushions in each cluster are slight variations that are linked by colour, texture or both.
Larger floor cushions that have an interesting pattern or texture to them can be propped upright against furniture and used almost like a canvas. These can be stand-alone as they are quite large so you don’t need to cluster them.
You can spend between $5 and hundreds on just one cushion, but we find that since we’re mixing and matching a few together, there is no need to go for cushions that are expensive since they are sharing your couch or bed ‘real estate’ with a few others and no one piece needs to be a stand-out more than the other – the sum of them is bigger than the parts!
For a greener alternative to buying new cushion covers, try re-using material from things that you already have in the home but no longer use as often like blankets, t-shirts, jumpers, skirts and dresses. Use them by sewing parts of the material into a simple square or rectangles and fill. You can even use the not so cute materials as cushion fillers. You’ll be surprised at how nicely an old sequin top from the late nineties (eek) scrubs up, or what a lovely dad’s old-man sports jacket can make when transformed into a cute little cushion.
To complete the look, find a throw that has a similar colour or texture shade to at least one of the cushions in the cluster and drape it across the bed or chair to complete the look. There is no particular trick to arranging the cushions so play around with the cushions and throws till they look harmonious in their space.