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The power of cushions-Soft Furnishing Part I

How many times you look at your sofa and think “I really need a new one, but can’t afford it”, or “I should get it reupholstered”, and how many do you think: “I think I need to revive my sofa somehow”. An easy and affordable solution to revive a sofa is to introduce some cushions, but not just any that we like or spot in a store… Cushions can be successfully used to add some decorative touches to your mundane furniture, like this very ordinary sofa bed from IKEA, which was brought to life by colour-coordinated scatter cushions.

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Marimekko fabric scatter cushion
Blue cushions by Katie Malik Interiors
Bespoke Blue cushions by Katie Malik Interiors

A generous use of cushions makes your home look cosy and comfortable. This sofa has been completely reupholstered in a gorgeous ultra leather fabric, but it wouldn’t be as inviting without different size cushions in complementary fabrics. (See more photos of the Station Road Project).

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Bespoke scattered cushions-Station Road Project
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Harlequin fabric with dog pattern
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Romo cushion fabric with delicate pattern

The fabrics for these cushions have been very carefully chosen; accent colours in the room are that very post office red and grey; also, there’s a bit of South American ethnic theme.

Bespoke sofa cushions by Katie Malik Interiors
Bespoke sofa cushions by Katie Malik Interiors
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Black & White Zig Zag cushion
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Red cushion with grey velvet piping

There’s never enough back support when reading, so why not choose a well-coordinated back support cushion?

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Bespoke silver velvet cushion-Leys Avenue project
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Harlequin cushion fabric

If you want your interiors to be neutral, but would like to inject a bit of colour, cushions are absolutely perfect for it; if you every change your mind, you can always replace them:

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Sofa bespoke cushions-Leys Avenue Project
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Harlequin cushion fabric
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Abbot & Boyd fabric

Let’s come back to the idea of an old sofa, which we’re not quite sure what to do with: reupholster or replace? A good, temporary solution are cushions; also, choosing the right colours can tie in together the whole scheme, especially in an open space. (See more photos of the Leys Avenue project)

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Bespoke cushions in the family room-Leys Avenue Project
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Gaston y Daniela distributed by Abbot & Boyd
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Harlequin velvet
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Zimmer + Rohde velvet

For very in-fashion deep sofas, cushions are a must! If your sofas, like the ones I designed below, have piping in a contrasting colour, the cushions could provide a nice transition between the two different colours of the main upholstery and the piping (See more photos of the Chapel Lane Project):

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Bespoke Sofa Cushions-Chapel Lane Project
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Zinc Textiles Marco Marl Fabric used on sofa cushions-Chapel Lane Project

Cushions are an important part of accessorising a space or a piece of furniture, therefore they must be chosen very carefully.  When selecting your new cushions, consider not only colour, but also pattern, type of fabric, shape etc. If any of the cushions designed by me caught your eye, visit my Home Shop, where you can find a selection of bespoke designer cushions.

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