There was a time when I used to think that redecorating only meant knocking down a wall or two, ripping the fabric from the sofa and getting a new one and getting a new paint job to spruce up the walls. While there is nothing wrong with that, let's face it, such a project is going to cost a pretty penny. One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to redecorating is thinking a little too big and this is usually discouraging considering the fact that you may be renting. However, just because you are renting does not mean that you have to ignore your home aesthetics. The truth is that redecorating does not always have to be expensive. Sometimes all you need is just a splash of colour and pattern and there is no better way to do this than with a few new cushion covers.
One of the most practical reasons to invest in a few new cushion covers is to make hard-backed furniture look and feel more comfortable. However, before you go on a buying spree and adding all sorts of cushion covers, let's look at a few design tips to help you choose the right covers for your home.
1. Mix and match.
Most of the time, new sofas come with matching cushions which give the couch a lumpy look. You may decide to get rid of those ones altogether and get new ones or just replace the cover. Instead, go for covers that contrast the sofa colour while complimenting the rest of the room. It may sound like a simple fix but believe me, everything will look so much better!
2. Choose the right colour palette.
Picking the right colour palette goes a long way in making the room put together. When choosing the colour palette, consider the different shades and patterns as these are the elements that will make the colours work well together. The best way to pick your colour palette is look at your room and identify two or three colours which complement each other and are the same as an element in the room. This way, you will avoid colour clashing.
3. Size and shape of the cushion.
The biggest mistake people make is getting two or three cushions all in the same size. Mix up the shapes and sizes to add depth. Two different patterned cushions and a smaller bold coloured one makes a bigger statement than you could ever achieve with three same size differently patterned ones.
4. Have fun with seasonal decorations.
Nothing makes your living room pop more than seasonal decor and this too does not need you to spend an arm and a leg. A simple handmade cable-knit cotton cover or a green elf cushion against a white faux fur cover does wonders to a simple grey couch during the Christmas season.
5. Experiment with different fabrics.
Materials such as silk, leather and suede will definitely give your couch the edge it has been lacking especially if you match a curtain or two with the curtains. If you want a more ethnic look, cushions with unique embroidered designs, sequins or quilted patchwork will do wonders for you.
6. Talk to an expert.
Many times, you might feel confused or spoilt for choice when you are shopping to spruce up your home. However, if you speak to a qualified interior designer or expert in cushion covers, you will be in a better position to get your desired results. This being said, at Lorraine Lea, we are able to do exactly this for you.