Choices are endless

2015-08-25 06:00

USING scatter cushions as part of your décor is one of the quickest and easiest ways of sprucing up the indoor and outdoor spaces in your home.

Have fun with your choice of scatters, use them to add colour, texture and pattern, and to create a scheme that is a true reflection of your personal style.

This is according to Anton Odendaal from Rochester, who says you can use them to add colour or textural interest to a space, or to create a specific theme at a minimal cost.

He says home owners can get a wide range of trendy scatter cushions that can be used to change completely the look and feel of a room.

Odendaal shares seven tips on how to decorate using scatter cushions.

Same-same is a no-no

If your scatter cushions match your sofa, it is time to pull yourself out of the eighties and get rid of them. Scatters are ideal for pulling all the colours and patterns in a room together, and if they blend in with your sofa, you’ll end up with a décor composition that is entirely void of character and visual interest.

Try to have fun with your choice of scatters, use them to add colour, texture and pattern, and create a scheme that is a true reflection of your style.

Placement is key

Scatter cushions can transform completely a space, depending on where they are placed and how they are positioned.

You can choose to group scatters of various sizes together, or for a more uniform look, you can choose scatters that are all the same size.

“When grouping scatters, either group them in pairs or in groups of odd numbers. It is also a good idea to arrange them in a way that has some kind of symmetry, for optimum visual impact,” says Odendaal.

Pick your palette

A cohesive interior has a definite colour scheme throughout, and scatters provide the ideal means of introducing repeat or related colours into a space.

Odendaal says selecting one or two solid colours works well, or alternatively, you can choose two different patterns or textures for an effective and eye-catching arrangement.

And be sure to always choose colours that contrast with your sofa, but harmonise with your floor rug, curtains and other décor elements.

The style will dictate the number

Brightly coloured scatters can add a bright pop of colour to an otherwise drab and dull room.

For a more traditional look, Odendaal says it is best to stick to an even number of scatter cushions.

He says the easiest way to achieve this is to choose two matching solid square colours and position them in the corners of the sofa. Then select two smaller matching patterned scatters and place these in front of the two larger ones.

If you are after a more eclectic look, however, then you should elect an odd number of scatter cushions. “For example, for a three-seater couch, choose five completely different scatter cushions, with different patterns and some harmonising qualities,” says Odendaal.

Shape -up

The scatter cushions you choose don’t necessarily have to all be the exact same size. In fact, Odendaal says some of the most effective scatter arrangements comprise cushions of various sizes and shapes.

“One of my favourite scatter arrangements is known as the 2-1-2 arrangement. It comprises two solid-colour large scatters, complemented by some slightly smaller scatters with interesting patterns and textures positioned in front of the larger ones. This is finished off with a rectangular scatter, with similar tones as the two solid-coloured cushions,” he says.

A t reat with texture

Don’t be afraid of experimenting with different textures as they can add to the aesthetic appeal of a space. Odendaal says that if you are not adventurous and prefer monotone décor schemes, you can use scatters featuring various textures to create added visual interest.

Imagine a living room with a monotone cream-coloured palette. It can be livened up by adding a collection of cream-coloured scatters in various textures: think velvet, linen, cotton, denim, faux fur, mohair, the choices are endless.

The colour palette remains calming and neutral, but the added texture keeps it from being boring, he says.

Setting the style and the tone

The right selection of scatters can completely transform a room, so it is advisable to analyse thoroughly the room in question before you buy your scatters.

“Brightly coloured scatters can add a bright pop of colour to an otherwise drab and dull room. However, if the space is well-lit and bright, then adding bright colours can make the space seem a little overwhelming,” says Odendaal.

“For brightly lit rooms, scatters in darker hues will make the space feel a little cosier, and if these complement the curtains and flooring, it will visually recede the room, making it feel smaller and more intimate.” — Property24

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