Cush­ion­ing the blow

Ar­rang­ing cush­ions can be con­fus­ing – un­less you know how to combine them based on colour, tex­ture and quan­tity

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - By Neale Whitaker -

Owayne of the ques­tions I get asked re­peat­edly is “How many cush­ions are too many?” Those of you who read this col­umn reg­u­larly will know I don’t be­lieve in rules when it comes to that kind of thing, but I con­cede there are of­ten rules of thumb. Ba­si­cally, when re­mov­ing cush­ions be­comes a chore, that’s too many. If you’re scan­ning the room for an empty chair be­cause the sofa’s just too over­cush­ioned, that’s too many. And when you’re eye­ing off the guest room be­cause you are too tired to re­move all the cush­ions on your bed, that’s too many. A more in­ter­est­ing ques­tion might be “How many types of cush­ions can I mix?” My own bed fea­tures two bol­ster cush­ions, two Euro-style cush­ions (they’re the larger, square ones), and sev­eral rec­tan­gu­lar cush­ions, in­clud­ing the two that we ac­tu­ally sleep on. Colour­wise, we started with a ba­sic blue palette, but we’ve riffed on that in terms of shade, fab­ric and pat­tern. You could say our cush­ions are all dis­tantly re­lated, but they’re not an ob­vi­ous fam­ily – and that’s ex­actly how we like it.

And what about The Chop? One style blog­ger wrote re­cently that he couldn’t be friends with any­one who didn’t karat­e­chop their cush­ions (to get that just-so dent in the mid­dle), which might ren­der him friend­less very soon. Per­son­ally, I’ve

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