In this next instalment of our Ask The Stylist series, with Alex Carter of Harlow + Willow, we solve your cushion conundrums.
Reader question: I have two white faux bamboo outdoor lounges that have navy blue covers with white piping. What cushions would look good?
Answer: Hi there, thank you for submitting your question! And what a great way to kick off, as cushions are my favourite!
So, with your bamboo lounges, the options are basically endless which can make things a bit overwhelming. I’ll try to help you narrow it down by giving you a few solutions, and also points to consider below.
Keep it classic
As the sofa already has navy cushions with white piping, one option would be to keep with this colour palette and use blue and white cushions in varying patterns, sizes and textures. When sticking with one or two colours, you can keep it interesting by mixing up the appearance.
Consider varying the shapes by using some square, rectangular and round cushions and different colour levels, some cushions could be all white, some could be a blue and white pattern or introduce a lighter blue. Texture is another great way to create visual interest, with options like velvet, suede, linen, shaggy or simple cotton!
If you want to add a bit of excitement to the outdoor area, think about using the cushions to contrast the sofa. This could be done with both colour and shape. You could use all round and oval cushions for example, or use colours like apricot, violet, ochre, pink or greens. When considering this option, take a look at the colours in the surrounding area, perhaps even in the plants or garden and think about fun ways to mix some of these in!
Mix & Match
This would be my top pick, I think mixing and matching is a great way to create continuity with the existing pieces and surroundings, while also showing your personality. Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to show your personality by including your favourite colour, or a printed cushion with your favourite flower on it. It’s still important to vary the shape and size of the cushions, including a few in the navy and white colour palette, and then a few that are either a bright or soft contrast.
Consider a throw too for those late nights or when entertaining, it’s also a great idea to have a weatherproof box (timber or similar) that you can throw the cushions in if the weather turns on you, or it gets too windy!
I hope this helps, please send through some pics of what you end up doing, I would love to see it come together.
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