Cushions and throw pillows are the easiest accessories to bring color to any room. Your cuddly cushion buddies can be your best friends in tying up the look that you've always imagined. They are colorful, they are huggable, and if you take good care of them, they are always soft to touch.
But mix-and-matching them isn't always that easy. Yes, there are plenty of pre-made cushion cover sets for sale. And yes, they're definitely an option, at least for those of us who don't mind having the exact color and pattern combinations as everyone else. But is that really what we want?
No, we all prefer to be unique and creative. And the best way to do so is to always make our own selection out of objects we know we'll love and cherish. Contrast plays an important role in selecting these cushions.
After all, home decoration is about tying different elements together in such a way that each individual object shines by complimenting the rest. And just like with people, opposites attract.
I have gathered 4 easy tips that will simplify finding the right amount of contrast to make pixel perfect pillow pairings.
1. Contrast in Colors
The easiest way to assemble a striking contrast is through colors. So if you are unsure what cushions to pick, always refer to the color of your sofa and pick complimentary colors or shades.
2. Contrast in Patterns
While colors convey feelings, patterns evoke emotions. A geometric pattern may seem rigid while a curvy, natural pattern brings flow. Like colors, patterns are also best paired with their opposites.
Example: Our floral Aquarelle throw pillow becomes more natural and feminine in contrast to the rigid geometric lines of the Alon Blue Wave and Nautilus Peach cushion covers.
Tip: Say you like a particular color or pattern and you don't feel like pairing it with another. Creating contrast is then possible by using the inverse pattern or by minimizing/enlarging the scale of your preferred motif!
3. Contrast in Sizes
Contrast can also be achieved by experimenting with different pillow sizes. The difference in size will also guide you on how to properly arrange your cushion covers, making it easy for you to decide which pillows sit in the front.
4. Contrast in Texture
Most people, unfortunately, disregard texture. But it's an element of design that never fails to deliver subtle sophistication, as it adds dimension to an otherwise plain design.
One way to use texture is to pick a dominant color and apply it to different textured surfaces (e.g. plain combined with embroidered or suede paired to silk). It will result in a pleasing look that's great to touch!
Example: We've paired our stately Prince of Orange to the lovely embroidered Wilhelmina cushion cover. Both throw pillows share the same dominant color, but the difference in texture results in a subtle contrast that is pleasing to both the eye and the fingertips!