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