I read an interesting blog post the other week about changing your home décor to match the seasons. While the world around you transitions from a dull and drab winter to a bounty of colours each spring, why not spruce up your home to match it?
That sounds like a wonderful concept. But it’s the practicality and the economics that make most homeowners think twice before attempting such an exercise.
The question is, ‘Can you do that each year without breaking the bank?’
Well, giving your home a seasonal makeover does not necessarily mean that you have to do redo the furniture. The idea is to play around with colours and textures to reflect the changes that are happening around you.
And one of the best ways to do that is to switch around your cushion covers.
Cushion covers are the most underrated décor piece in the house.
It can instantly add colour and depth to an otherwise outdated furniture piece, be it a couch or an accent chair, you can mix and match them, you can switch them around the house and they are available in an endless number of designs.
Yet, if this is the first time that you are shopping for decorative cushion covers, there are a few aspects that need to be thought out well before you swipe the card.
Cushion covers are no longer limited to those mundane single-colored ungainly slip covers that strangely, were so popular. Today, you can pick trendy and casual designs to match or juxtapose your décor. Traditional seamless designs are passé. So, covers with decorative trims, tufting, ruffles, art prints, glitter or patterns make for a much better idea for that contemporary look. You can always add them to formal furniture pieces too. When it comes to the fit, you have the option to pick one that hugs the cushion or one that loosely covers it and tucks around the back.
The style will largely be defined by the type of fabric that it is made of. It’s a given that everyday use will subject it to some amount of wear and tear. If you have kids or pets at home, that ‘some’ can turn into a ‘lot’. So, along with the aesthetics, you also need to keep durability in mind while selecting a cushion cover fabric. Luxurious fabric choices are silk, linen, velvet, chenille and even leather. But these are also pricier and will require frequent upkeep. Cotton, canvas and polyester are more suited for use in the living room or for floor cushions. These are easy to maintain and are inexpensive too.
You’ll need covers that are easy to remove, be it for maintenance or for swapping them around the house. The easiest one to use is the zippered cover where the zip is usually concealed under a piping. The other option is an envelope cover that has two layers of fabric on the back of the cushion that overlap each other and is typically Velcro covered. These are easier to remove as compared to zips but are generally used for occasional furniture pieces.
Last but not the least; always compare prices when you buy cushion covers. With some research, you should be able to redecorate your home in no time.