Cushion covers can be used to add a pop of color to your home and bring a touch of luxury to your sofa. Of course, it’s also quite comfortable for resting your head when you want to relax in your room.
You’d assume that choosing a cushion cover is pretty easy to do, but that’s not always the case. Choosing the wrong cushion cover may leave you with inconsistent interior decor. Also, the wrong covers may not properly fit the cushions and that’ll be potentially awkward for your space.
So, what should you look out for when choosing cushion covers for your home? That’s exactly what we’ll explore today. In this guide, you’ll learn how to choose the perfect cushions for your home based on style, material, texture, shapes, and practicality.
Let’s dive in!
1. Determine your style
Style is a crucial factor when it comes to decorating your home. So, the first thing to do before you choose cushion covers is to find your style. You can start by assessing what you already have. Look out for colors, patterns, and textures in your room that you’d want to highlight or pair with your cushion covers.
Next, think about the mood you want to create. Do you want a relaxed and cozy atmosphere or a more modern look? Or, do you want a simple interior with subtle highlights? You can also seek inspiration from the wide range of designs on platforms like Pinterest and Instagram. This will give you a more visual idea of what you want to create. Different options you can look up include minimalist, modern, contemporary, Scandinavian, industrial, or traditional design styles.
Minimalist designs emphasize simplicity instead of excessive decor. Morden styles comprise clean lines and simple forms or shapes. Contemporary designs are suitable for a more comfy look.
For light and airy spaces, you’d want to go for a Scandinavian style which also embraces warm colors. Industrial styles have more exposed elements like wood, concrete, or metal. Traditional styles focus on symmetry and comfort. Rustic designs emphasize natural elements like leather and wood to create a calm and inviting atmosphere.
Finally, when choosing your style, be sure to consider your personal preferences and work with what you’re comfortable with. After you have determined your style, you can go ahead to make other considerations for your choice of cushions.
2. Consider the material
The material you choose for your cushion cover will affect the look, feel, and durability of the cover. Therefore, you want to pay attention to it.
When selecting material for your cushion cover, you should look at factors like softness. You also want to consider how well the material absorbs moisture. Soft materials like cotton and velvet are comfortable to touch and can add a luxurious feel to your space. Linen materials are lighter and more breathable. Materials like leather and faux leather are good choices if you want a long-lasting and versatile cushion cover.
Your choice of material is also determined by the style and purpose of the space. For example, an outdoor cushion should have a more durable cover than one you’ll use in your living room.
Apart from space, the purpose of the cushion is also an essential consideration. Will the cushion covers be used as a unique accent, blend with the rest of your decor? Notice how the leather decorative pillows are used to create an accent in the above image. Look out for materials that will elevate your room’s design like this.
3. Pay attention to size and shape
Size and shape are also important things to note when you choose cushion covers. Choosing the wrong size will ruin any decent design you intend to create. With the wrong shape, your cushion cover will be hard or completely impossible to use. Also, you want to avoid spending money on something that you’re eventually dissatisfied with.
If you have rectangular or square cushions, you should look for covers that are the same shape. Just like the image above. The same goes for oval, round, or any other cushion shape.
When working with size, it’s ideal for the pillow size of the cushion cover to be slightly larger than the cushion itself so that it fits snugly and looks neat. If the cover is too small, it won’t fit the cushion properly. If it’s too big, the cushion will look bulky and awkward in your bedroom or living room.
4. Play with patterns and textures
The right combination of cushion cover patterns and textures will create a desirable effect within your space. It’ll also help you add depth and interest to your space, making it more desirable and pleasant to the eyes. Pairing patterns and textures is also typical of the bohemian design style.
It’s okay to layer different textures of decorative cushion coverings within your space. This is also suitable for throw cushions that’ll be used on your bed or couch. For example, you can pair cotton covers with velvet, fluffy cushion covers with linen, and so on.
Like the example above, you can go for the same colors of covers with different patterns if you’re looking for a more unified look. In the same vein, you can have different patterns together—maybe floral prints with simple geometric prints or art prints. You can also blend bold prints with simple and lighter prints.
5. Don’t forget about practicality
Remember that as much as you’re trying to beautify your space, you also want to maintain usefulness, functionality, and comfort.
So, whether you’re pairing colors or matching patterns, choose cushion covers that will successfully create a cohesive look in your room. Considering the other types of fabrics in your space like draperies or rugs, avoid choosing cushion covers that’ll overwhelm your space. The aim is to add a bit of personality to your room.
You also want to consider details like the weather changes and which type of cushion covers would be more effective to use. For example, fleece and fur covers will keep your space warm during the winter while silk covers will help your space stay cool during summer. With this in mind, you can have different types of cushion covers for various seasons.
Also, choose cushion covers that are easy to maintain or replace so that your space can always feel refreshed.
Choosing the right cushion covers for your space can be a tricky endeavor. That’s why we decided to give you a few important things to look out for when making a selection.
In this article, we went over tips like determining your style, considering the material, and paying attention to size and shape. We also discussed how playing with patterns and textures will help you add more depth to your space. Finally, we suggested that you also consider the practicality of your choices.
Now, whether you want to replace your current cushions or just started with your interior design, you know what to look for. So, go ahead and choose cushion covers that make your space look stylish and inviting.
Isobel is a style expert at furn.com, and works alongside the brand’s product teams to bring trend-led home furnishings to life. When Isobel isn’t in the office, you can find her reading novels and shopping for the latest trends.