Choosing Cushion Designs

The many different cushion designs or styles can be used to create different looks, atmospheres, or moods to your room or house.

You can bring an era that you love into your home by changing cushions and other furnishing to those of that day. Relive the nostalgic 60's or 70's with a vintage print or add texture with some knitted ones.

These designs can be used for the actual cushion itself or if you want to change the look of a basic cushion then all that is needed is to change the cushion cover.

What are Cushions?

When talking about cushions, many people interpret the word in lots of different ways. 

Many think of cushions as small square soft objects or scatter cushions. These are used to make comfortable seating on a harder chair.

Others would say a cushion is the base of the chair or settee and especially important when sitting on outdoor furniture.

Then there is the cushion that goes behind the back of the person sitting on the chair or settee. 

In some countries the word cushion is replaced by the word pillow.

All the above are correct as cushions make sitting a lot more comfortable and there are a lot of different types of designs. 

Types of Cushion Designs and Ideas

These are elongated rounded cushions that fit very well into the small of the back, the nape of the neck or tuck under the arm.

These cushions have additional frills either single or double. The frills make the cushion appear larger and this design can soften the look of a room.

Different cushions around the garden and house that could get overlooked but are still cushions such as a pin cushion.

There are many designs that seem to have gone out of favour such as buttoned or bordered cushions. It is still good to know what these look like.

When folded up these look like cushions. The cushion insert is a single bed size quilt to pull out on colder evenings or as an extra layer when camping.

Little versions to make travelling comfortable.

Some uses of the designs

There are many ways the the different designs can help create the look of the room you are aiming for.

The type of fabric or mix of fabrics used in these will also add to the look. 

Classic Straight Lines 

The cushion with the classic or straight lines is the simple square shape with or without a piped edge. Cylindrical or bolsters would work as well.

With these type of cushions, the fabrics chosen are important as well. Plain colours or strong striped and bold.

A classic cushion style can give a minimalistic, crisp or can compliment a masculine look. 

Country Cottage or Feminine

Using a frilled design with flowery fabric can change the look of the room to a cosy cottage feel. Plain or patterned frilled cushions will give a feminine look and are good for the bedroom or the lounge.

Cushions with ruffled edges can give an alternate softer edge.

As well as the two examples above there are also those designs that can be great in either room, just by adjusting the fabric.

There are some cushions that have the look of being bigger than they actually are as with frilled or cushions with a border.

A variety of patterns and sizes can be used to allow a lot of comfort either on the settee, sofa, or floor. The ultimate for some could be a large floor cushion.

Another good cushion design is the beanbag. These are placed on the floor and depending on their size can be sat on top of, sunk into or lounged upon. This will depend on how compact the bead filling is.

The beauty of having polystyrene bead filling you are able to wriggle about and adjust the thickness of these if there is room to do so in order to get comfortable.

Bolsters or rectangular cushions are great for placing in narrow parts of the chair, settee or outside furniture. These tend to be smaller than other cushions so are really good for travelling either in a car or for camping.

Another good cushion for camping and using in a caravan are quillows as inside the cushion is an extra quilt for when the night temperatures can fall.

Traditional hard wooden chairs or plastic garden chairs can have extra added comfort by using squab cushions or even stadium seat cushions.

Some cushions are made to be seat bases, for armchairs and settees, as with designs like the boxed shape cushion. These usually have a piped edge to make them stronger.

While this page has been about the design lets not forget that cushions come in different shapes as well.

All that is needed to complete the look are curtains!!

The scope is endless. One room could have a different look and feel each month.... week

... all you need is your imagination!

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