Whether you live in a condo or a castle, cushion covers are the most important and affordable accessories that you'll ever invest in. And yes I used the word invest. We're playing the long game here so we want to be sure that you compile the most versatile and functional collection without breaking the bank. When you invest in cushion covers your ultimate goal is to accumulate a collection of classic pieces that are interchangeable and that help represent your personal style. Think of them as clothing for your home. You are essentially creating a timeless wardrobe for your space. (that fills all of your needs while taking little effort to combine.)
What Makes Cushion Shells Interchangeable?
The key to an interchangeable cushion cover collection is to be sure that each cushion cover matches a large number of complementary decor items. The ultimate goal is to have a fully interchangeable wardrobe (built on a strong foundation of design). Your wardrobe should be built on classic pieces that go with at least 60% of your complementary accessories. The more they are compatible, the more versatility you will have in your overall looks.
Advantages of an interchangeable collection of cushion shells
The most obvious advantage is the tremendous amount of space you will save by not having to store all the different cushions that you’d need to outfit your home throughout the seasons. For example, if you currently own 15 throw cushions but only choose to display 4 or 5 during a season then where do you store the rest while you're not using them? Do you waste money and toss them out for lack of space? Or do you simply reuse them and cover them up with a new cover? Fewer pillows, less clutter more options. Makes perfect sense.
This leads us to cost. When you buy a pre-filled cushion you’re almost always paying extra for the pillow insert. The truth is that you don't need it. Do you have all the inserts that you can fit into your living space so why purchase another one and have to find space for it? Not to mention that you now feel like you have to keep it on your couch for a year to justify the cost. Make smart designs based on aesthetics not ….Make smart design choices based on practical aesthetics, not buyers guilt.
How To Build It
1. Review your current collection of cushions covers
Examine what pieces you currently have and what your basic needs are. Every collection starts out with a few pieces. If you’re like me, most of these items were either purchased out of necessity or as a result of a deal that I couldn’t pass up.
It’s now time for some tough but necessary decisions. Based on all that we’ve discussed, the most important thing here is to recognize which items can salvage and which items need to be dropped off at the donation box. Only once that is done can we truly begin.
2. Start building your core collection of cushion covers (AKA Home-Wardrobe)
Once you've reviewed what you have and chosen the lucky pieces that get to stay, you now have the motivation to start building your versatile wardrobe with core pieces.
The most important factors that you need to consider when building your collection is the quality, fabric, style, and cost. I purposely left cost until the end because it should never be the most important consideration when creating a versatile space. This goes against my better judgment but doesn't always let price be the determining factor here. I recommend spending a little bit more to get exactly what your room needs as opposed to settling for the cheapest solution. You’ll thank yourself in the end because cheap pieces will wear out their welcome and find themselves stored away before you know it.
Begin by targeting cushion covers that are timeless in style while being sure to stay clear of fads. You can always add fads as accents further down the line, however, to stay focused on establishing a core collection first. Once you feel like you have the essentials, you can begin focusing on some of your wants and needs. These are usually not as versatile but still have a place in your decor. Expand the core and begin building personal style. Continue to expand your core collection with style pieces as you go along or per season.
Identifying the essentials for any collection
Neutral colors, as well as natural solids, are always the most practical for most rooms, however, don't forget about vibrant splashes of colors to really accent a room and make it pop. There is a time and place for these loud pieces and should make up approximately 25% of your collection.
The best thing about classics styles is the simplicity of the design and shapes. That's why these are so versatile. The work with both modern and eclectic designs.
Once you have built a strong collection of classic cushion shells you can now begin to incorporate pieces that reflect your personal style or mood. Here is where things can really get interesting and you can add pieces to reflect occasions. This is a perfect time began to experiment with bold patterns, color, and unique shapes to help define your space. All the while surrounded by the core foundation of cushions that you've collected.
These are just a few suggestions on how to start forward thinking about cushion shells and their importance in your life. Each person must not only consider their own individual style but rely on the basic essentials when it comes to home décor cushions. From this decor wardrobe, you can create numerous outfits that all look sharp and take no effort to combine.