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Latest cushion looks: this season's colours and materials

Work with similar colour tones, and mix different sizes. From left, French Country Collections Mongolian fur cushion, $299 and Leopard goat fur cushion, $145; Corso de'Fiori orange Arancia Topaz cushion, $168; Bianca Lorenne Cucito embroidered cushion, $240.

Look to cushions first when your interiors need a re-fresh. 

Loren Marks one of the designers behind New Zealand linen company Penney and Bennett says, "cushions are a great way to update your look, they're fun to collect as they are easily swapped out."

"Just buy covers," says Hayley French, interior designer of Crush Interior Design, "use the same inners all year round so you don't end up with storage issues. Cushions are notoriously difficult to store." 

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Greige and earthy tones: Nodi Rugs linen cushion, sage, $118; Penney and Bennett linen cushion, foal, $129; Alex and Corban Indria cushion, taupe, $89.99.

This season sees a return to natural tones such as "greige" (grey-beige), khakis, charcoal, yellow and red ochres, says Marks.  "It's about pigments found in nature that are soft and tonal."


"Earthy tones," advises French, "mushroom, plum and forest green." 

Graphics, French says, is the pattern of the moment. 

Strong graphic pattern. Clockwise from top left: Citta Rombo printed cushion, $69.90; Cotton On Minnie printed cushion, $34.95; Tessuti Missoni Socrate cushion, $635; Arro Home Snow Cap cushion, $49.95; Citta Calcha wool embroidered cushion, $99.90.


Materials for cushions seem to be trending in the two extremes: rustic and luxurious.

Marks says go for either lush velvet or washed linens and cottons. 

Soft linens or luxurious velvets. From left: French Country Collections mauve goat fur cushion, $119; Lusso blush pink linen cushion, $49; Alex and Corban velvet cushion, plum, $69.99.


There's a knack to layering cushions to really change the look of a room. 

Marks suggests using different tones from the same colour family. 

Burnt oranges and mustard yellows. From left: Citta cotton velvet cushion, $44.90; Kip and Co nectar velvet pea cushion, $79; Cotton On Elin cushion, $24.95.

"If you're using prints, ensure it's not too overwhelming by mixing prints with the similar colour tones. Choose prints with different 'tempos', such as prints with fine lines contrasting prints with more blocked areas." 

If you're primarily going for a neutral look, small pops of bright colours look effective, she says, and contrasting sizes create a luxurious, full look. 


Dark blue and green tones. From left: Alex and Corban Takumi cushion, $129.99; Citta cotton velvet cushion, graphite tint, $49.90; Penney and Bennett moonstone linen cushion, $149.

"The best tip for sofa styling is two on one side and one on the other," says French, "keep to uneven numbers." 

Marks says, "a general rule should be enough cushions to be comfortable but still look good if they have been ruffled and sat on." 


Button hole cushions are having a day. Clockwise from top left: Wallace Cotton noble rectangle button cushion, $39.90; Shut The Front Door Nina velvet cushion, $169; Kmart breakfast velvet button cushion, ink, $8; Cotton On Sadie cushion, $29.95.

Think of the bed in terms of layers, suggests Marks, this will create depth and texture. 

"Aim for enough cushions and pillows to cover about three layers; there is the base layer, middle layer and final layer." Euro pillows, she suggests, can be used for the base layer or the final layer. Standard pillows can be used for any, and throw pillows should be used as the final. 

Take inspiration from nature. From left: Bolt of Cloth Rumble in the Jungle cushion, $75; Shut The Front Door Evermore Black cushion, $99; Penney and Bennett Rau cushion, $169.




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