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      Cushioneering

      Using Geometric Patterns To Create Areas of Visual Interest

      Within any given room that’s featured in a magazine there’ll be certain aspects that really catch your eye. These are what we like to call “areas of visual interest.”

      Interior designs have been using this technique for years, making the most of their budget by investing in a few select pieces that specifically draw the gaze. They come in many forms, from over-sized lamps to, more recently, 70’s inspired mosaic tiles.

       

      mosaic tiles geometric

       

      Whether you’re working on a tight budget, sprucing up your existing décor or even doing a total overhaul of your interior, this is an important trick to master.

       

      A recent trend that works perfectly with the “areas of visual interest” concept, is one of our favourites; geometric shapes. The clean angular lines and regular patterns of all things geometric, make anything in this style a great way to cheer up a room that’s looking a little drab.

      But before you dive head first into the homeware section and start choosing new pieces for your home, there are a few things you should first consider:

      • Does the piece fit in to the existing theme of your room?
        For your new geo piece to meld seamlessly in to your desired room, make sure it sits well with any colours or patterns you already have. Don’t just dump some monochrome geo cushions in your floral/vintage living room and hope for the best. They’re going to look out of place and do more harm than good. Whilst some variation between individual pieces is very fashionable this year, such as multiple shades of grey or different natural textures, there should also be consistency.

       

      • Do you have a space in mind?
        Location is key if you want your new pieces to become areas of visual interest. Don’t hide them away behind layers of ornaments, or behind houseplants, let them take centre stage for maximum effect. Frame a large print and hang it above your sofa, lay a runner down your hallway to invite guests in, or go for a bedspread with a stand-out pattern. However you approach the task, you’ll find it much easier to match items to a specific space, rather than just hoping you’ll find somewhere to stick them.

       geo rug with geo cushions

       

      • Do you know when to stop?
        A word of caution; it is most definitely possible to go way over-board here. Too many standout pieces and your room will go from making a striking impact, to being a mess of loud patterns all screaming to be heard. Remember, a few select pieces is all you need to make a statement.

       

      When it comes to bringing the trend in to your home, we have a few suggestions of our own, but feel free to be as creative as you like. Don’t worry about things looking a little zany; quirky and unique are most definitely in this year.

      1. If you’re feeling crafty, try covering a cheap coffee table with some geo patterned self-adhesive vinyl for a cool, modern look that won’t break the bank.

       georoom

      1. Give your room a new look and feel with a geometric metal shade on your lights. Pair these with a vintage looking filament bulb to create a vibe that wouldn’t go amiss in the coolest of places.

       

      1. For those of us who didn’t inherit the DIY gene (that’s me too, if you were wondering), a patterned rug, throw or set of cushions is an easy and effective solution. What’s more, they’re non-permanent, so you won’t lose your flat deposit either!

       Geometric table runner

      Go back and read over our advice again just to make sure you didn’t miss anything and we’re you’ll be more than capable of creating something very special in your own home. So, get your tape measure out, take some photos of your room for reference, and start shopping!

      If you’re looking for somewhere to start, you could try our geometric collection.

      Cushion Inners: What's To Know?

      Cushion Inners: What's To Know?

      Duck feather pads have been around as a luxury option for a while now. However, polyester pads are a relatively new entrant to the cushion scene and are fast becoming a popular alternative for a variety of reasons. At Cushoo, we feel our customers should know the positives of both inner types in order to make an informed decision for their home. This blog should help you out!
      Firstly though, for people asking which one is better, there is no preferred pad. It is personal opinion and personal opinion only.

       Cushions lifestyle - Cushoo
      Image by: @_the_stables

      Duck feather cushion pads are an obvious luxurious choice. They are larger than their polyester counter-parts, and extremely durable. With the right care and maintenance, they can last around 8-10 years; occasionally needing a good fluff-up every now and again to keep them bouncy and soft. They don’t lose their natural shape as easily as the polyester inner, and therefore offer lasting support along with maximum softness.
      If you intend to use your cushions for their practical use rather than just to stare at (although we wouldn’t blame you for doing just that), then duck feather offers a breathable pad for you. Place them on sofas, chairs or beds and get comfortable.

      Our only warning for a duck feather inner is to let the pad fully dry before you use them again, or you could risk mould. Just let it dry off, plump it up and enjoy the luxury for longer! We understand that the duck feather option is also the more expensive one, but that is because you are paying for premium comfort and support. Some people would agree that this is worth the extra money, but for those who don’t, the polyester inner provides a popular alternative.

       Duck feather pad - Cushoo

      Although a new entrant to the scene, the polyester pad is making waves due to its cost. They are relatively inexpensive to purchase and even easier to maintain. One of the biggest positives of the polyester hollow fibre inner is its maintenance; just wash and dry them in a washing machine and they are ready to use.  Hollow fibre polyester pads can also be hypoallergenic and breathable so they are safe for allergy sufferers. As you may have guessed, the hollow fibre is named due to the ‘hollow’ space between its knotting, that makes this option a more breathable inner to synthetic alternatives.

      Our main warning for the polyester inner is its shorter life span; although you can still enjoy many years of use from it, we advise purchasing new pads every two to three years or so.

      To conclude we would have to reiterate our original point – it is personal preference that will guide your decision. A luxury duck feather pad will last longer and provide more comfort but ultimately cost a few pounds more. A polyester filler will need to be replaced more often but offers a comfortable, affordable alternative.

      Thankfully we offer both, so pick your favourite cushion of ours, and maybe this blog can aid your decision?

      Cushoo x