Quick Tips on Styling Your Home With Cushions

Cushions are not only a great way of adding an element of comfort to your indoor or outdoor area - after all, who doesn't like to lay back on the patio in sunny weather or lounge on the sofa watching a great movie on TV on a lazy Sunday - but they can also transform a drab living space into an exceptionally stylish one.

Even better, it is relatively easy and inexpensive to style your home with cushions, with only a little investment needed to see a big difference. Here are some great ways that you can use cushions to spice up your living areas and make them not only a place to relax but a place to admire too.

Firstly, consider that the cushions you buy should be in colours that can already be found in your existing home decor. This means that you can choose a blue cushion to match your blue rug or blue painting in your living room, or an aqua cushion in your outdoor space to match the colour of your swimming pool.

By choosing colours that are already present in your area, you will be creating a cohesive and harmonious look rather than a discordant one. Beware, though - avoid choosing a cushion colour that is the same colour as your room. Pink cushions plus pink walls plus pink curtains is a recipe for pink overload.

The more neutral the colours in your room, the brighter your cushions can be. A classic combination found in many people's homes is the cream or white wall and dark floor set up. This is actually a great canvas for adding splashes of colour and a little bit of your personal taste and character. Virtually all bright colours work with a neutral palette - try a red or blue cushion for a classic look.

You can even mix different colours of cushion, especially in areas that are typically dominated by neutrals. You can come up with some unusual combinations, such as mixing green and yellow cushions, or choose classically complementary colours, by pairing a blue cushion with an aqua one, for example.

Going further than just mixing and matching cushion colour, try to choose cushions of different textures to add some interest to your space. By choosing varying materials such as velvet, satin, fur, wool and many more, you can create an artistic feature of your cushions. If you are choosing outdoor cushions, however, make sure they are made of sufficiently resistant material.

There is another way to create art with your cushions, and that is by choosing ones printed or embroidered with images rather than just plain ones or those featuring symmetrical patterns. Try pairing a red or blue cushion with a print of a red poppy or a vibrant blue peacock. The cushions will complement each other and create a stunning feature in your seating area.

Prints can also complement each other very well. A selection of different printed birds or flowers can look great as a set, or can be used individually as statement pieces in conjunction with more subtle geometrical or floral patterns. Make sure that you choose colours that are different but complementary, or choose cushions that have colours in common.

Cushions can also work well in gender neutral spaces. Although often viewed as a rather feminine home accessory, try using a brown, green or blue cushion to create a more masculine, neutral or earthy feel in a space. A blue cushion works well in an interior or exterior space with a marine ambience, whereas a brown or green cushion can create a 'woody' feel.

There are many different ways to style a home with cushions, and the good news is that you don't need to break the bank to do so. Instead, choose a few key pieces that match each other and the area they are to be placed in, being careful not to overpower the living space but instead accenting it and bringing it to life.