By Amy McGeachy, DID

An accent cushion has often received a bad reputation over the years. Men roll their eyes when they think of removing all of the decorative cushions off the bed each night, while the kids automatically know which ones they are allowed to lay on, and which are for decoration only. However, even a couple of beautiful cushions can help to pull a design together, and add a pop to your space without breaking the bank. I have a closet full of cushions in various colors, sizes and textures to change the mood or style of my decor as I see fit. I often get bored with my space and want to easily make a quick change. This is definitely the way to do it. Change up the colors by season, or mix and match different complimenting colors and patterns to create a new look. The sky is the limit. It is also quite easy to have custom cushions created in a fabric and size of your choice. Local artists, like interior designer Nicole Scott make unique cushions for her clients in beautiful imported fabrics and styles. It is a great way to support local talent, and receive exactly what you want. Take a look at www.scottdesigns.ca.

Here are some features to think about pertaining to accent cushions.

Piping: A type of trim or embellishment consisting of a strip of folded fabric inserted into a seam to define the edges or style lines of a cushion. This helps to give a more polished, tailored look.

Zipper: This allows you to remove the cover and replace the fill if needed or wash if the fabric allows.

Fill: A feather or down fill is by far the most luxurious, and holds the shape of the cushion better.

Shape and Size: Toss cushions are available in so many shapes and sizes, I love mixing large 22 inch floor size cushions with smaller 18 inch pillows, and even adding a lumbar (also called kidney cushion) to an accent chair for added comfort.

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