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Bring your living room to life with unusual cushions

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Cushions can either act as an understated complement to your living room or bedroom design, or a bold, loud contrast to the rest of the room. Many people who favour otherwise serious and subdued interior designs choose to use cushions as an opportunity to get silly and introduce a bit of novelty to the room. Cushion shopping is a chance to go wild with textiles, patterns and colours – if that’s what you want. Of course, cushions are not purely about aesthetics; they have a functional purpose too, so it’s important that you make comfy choices. The cushions in this ideabook will help ensure you sit – and lounge, lie and lean – in style.

Drive your way to style

 Living room by homify
homify

Pink Bloom Poli Dupion Cushion Cover

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It’s difficult to imagine the room in which this out-there cushion would fit in perfectly. Probably because such a room doesn’t exist; wherever you put it, the vibrant colours and bold print of this cushion are always going to make it a conversation piece. However, it’s also hard to imagine resisting buying it if you happened to stumble across it in a shop. How often does the chance arise to own a cushion – or indeed any decor item – emblazoned with not one but two auto rickshaws? Very, very rarely, we’re willing to bet.

​A classic combination

 Living room by Sian Elin
Sian Elin

Cushions

Sian Elin

Pairing grey with yellow is a design decision that can’t fail, but is still unusual enough to look highly fresh and modern. In this case, the addition of a matching lampshade also enhances the perfect combination of these cushions.

​A touch of the countryside

 Living room by Dwell
Dwell

Contemporary Heritage

Dwell

This tweed tartan cushion conjures up images of cosy evenings in by a real log fire, perhaps even in a log cabin. The very epitome of comfort – and the ultimate point of a cushion is, after all, to be comfortable.

​Go back in time

 Living room by Slouch Designs
Slouch Designs

Original Vintage Cushions

Slouch Designs

The 70s inspiration running through this textile design is apparent. The vintage print provides old fashioned comfort in a way that’s very tasteful and not overbearingly kitschy, as 70s-influenced design occasionally can be. The addition of the floral brooch on the left hand side adds a pleasing colour contrast and a little bit of extra interest to the design.

 Living room by Slouch Designs
Slouch Designs

Original Vintage Cushions

Slouch Designs

In another cushion from this designer, we can see the same formula working to great success again: take one vintage print, add 3D brooch in contrasting colour and voila: an old school accessory with a contemporary edge.

​A rainbow of textiles

Your individual cushion choice is important, but what makes even more of an impact is what you decide to pair your cushions with. In this case, choosing bright cushions that contrast strongly with each other and the wall behind has had a very positive effect, making the room seem very bright and cheerful.

​Urban comfort

 Living room by 44spaces
44spaces

Kissen 16 Städte Baumwolle naturweiß

44spaces

The silhouetted cityscape on this highly modern monochrome cushion would help it fit right in to any urban dwelling.

​Bring a bat home

Cushions come in all shapes and sizes, and novelty cushions – where the line with stuffed toys often becomes blurred – will always be a popular choice. This Batman logo cushion is a good example. It’s fun and light-hearted, but because it doesn’t actually have a face it doesn’t slide too far into the realm of childishness (though it would be great for a kid’s room too, of course).

The same cushion design uses a totally unexpected floral fabric here to subvert the macho associations that tend to accompany superhero-related imagery and merchandise.

​Feed your sweet tooth

These tasty cushions in the shape of giant biscuits look good enough to eat. Probably better to stick to just leaning on them, though, for the sake of your digestive system.

The same designer has branched out to branded sweet treats here, with these yummy M&M cushions.

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