Tips and tricks for us­ing cush­ions to best ef­fect

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We love the way Jane’s choice of cush­ions and tex­tiles adds per­son­al­ity to an or­di­nary sofa.

By Mar­ian van Wyk Pho­tographs Fran­cois Ober­hol­ster

#1 Clas­sic and con­tem­po­raryA com­bi­na­tion of cush­ions with a clas­sic botan­i­cal print and broad stripes works sur­pris­ingly well with an African throw and a more con­tem­po­rary fab­ric on the cof­fee ta­ble in Jane Lin­ley-Thomas’s liv­ing room. The look is un­usual, but it works be­cause all the tex­tiles fea­ture the same coral shade. This cre­ates the sense of co­he­sion that’s es­sen­tial when mix­ing mo­tifs and pat­terns.

#2 One mo­tif, many sizesWhen mix­ing flo­ral mo­tifs in the same muted pal­ette, keep it in­ter­est­ing by vary­ing the scale of the de­sign on dif­fer­ent cush­ions. If the scat­ters also boast a va­ri­ety of sizes and shapes, like on Liesl Rheeder’s stoep in Panorama, even bet­ter. >> Sim­i­lar cush­ions avail­able from Plan B Vin­tage and Strand Trad­ing Post; side ta­ble from Chair Crazy

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