You have furnished your entire home; the colours, art pieces and furniture seem just right. You know what could make or break the situation now? The pillows that adorn your sofas, beds and lounge area, read on…

      There are multitudes of ways one can arrange cushions to ensure an en-vogue setup. You can either play with the colours or patterns. If you decide to use colours, mix and match bright, bold colours. If you are planning on incorporating various patterns, then stick to two-three colours and make use of different fabrics and textures. An interesting way to set up your room is to follow a theme (such as a tropical theme). “You can opt for cushion in shades of mint greens and oceanic blues combined with throw-pillows with prints of leaves, shells and wildflowers, “says Arshi Mukri, design expert, pepperfry.

      “It would be easier to create a visually-appealing set-up if you start with bigger pieces and then work on the smaller cushions. Generally, people match the cushion colours with the wall, but it would be ideal to keep the aesthetics of the room in mind as well. Complementing your décor and art pieces as well will help create a balance, “says Akshay Jaipuria, partner, Vaya Home.

      Cushions have evolved from just being a comfort-giving addition; they are now customized for people who suffer from physical injuries or chronic pain. You can opt for the following cushions after consulting your doctor:

      • Cushions made from memory foam are customized for orthopedic conditions and help relieve muscle tension;
      • One can also opt for cushions made with rubber-like gelastic gel that provide support and comfort;
      • Donut-shaped cushions are prominent in the west as pressure-distributors that aid in pain relief.

      Cushions can broadly be divided into two types:

      Upholstery cushions, generally used on sofas, chairs, chaise lounges, ottomans, window seats, bed headboards, etc, and the more versatile ones, typically smaller cushions that are easier to move around such as bolsters, throw pillows, floor cushions and the like. While both serve functional purposes, smaller cushions are decorative in nature and usually key elements that add to the aesthetics of the room.

      Three classic and trendy cushion layouts/colour combinations that you can replicate:

      •    Neutral base + accent: This is a classic combination that never goes out of style. Beige, cream, brown, gold, dusky teal, powdery green – complement these with smaller cushions in clusters, using slightly bolder colours or patterns to bring in some pop and balance them out;
      •    Nature-inspired: When patterns are in trend, the ones inspired by nature are never too far away. You can combine forest greens and ocean blues with large floral prints and patterns;
      •    Jewel tones: You can either go all out with these or use them as highlights. Reds, bright pinks, sapphire, colours of blue and green and purple – do as much or as little as you want.

      Akshay Jaipuria,
      Partner, Vaya Home

      A few examples of colour combinations that always look great together:

      • Dark Blue + Deep Red + Pink
      • Deep Red + Orange + Deep Green
      • Magenta + Violet + Mustard Yellow
      • Dark Green + Gold + Magenta


      • One floral + one geometric + one solid colour
      • One buffalo check + one toile + one ticking stripe
      • One chevron + one dotted + one knit texture

      It is essential that you add your creativity and personal style to your room, so use these as just the guideline or the base to start from. You can change any aspect of this based on your personal style. The aim here is to achieve something that you love to look at when you enter the room.

      Sapna Khakharia Gohil,
      Director, design, The Canvas

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      August 24, 2019 Saturday