Yes, unbelievably, this was the tweet that greeted me one Tuesday morning.
Where to even begin? For an interiors stylist, this tweet is like a red rag to a bull. Cushions, beloved of any home shoot or interior magazine, are such an integral part of furnishing interiors, that to even suggest they might be anything but one of the most essential instruments in anyone’s decorating tool kit, is tantamount to heresy in my book.
Scandalised, I immediately replied to Molly (Molly, before you bombard her with outraged tweets, is also a cushion fan who was just looking for like-minded individuals to defend her corner), and swiftly found myself passionately defending the humble cushion on Molly’s Heart Wiltshire radio show, Heart Breakfast with Jez & Molly. You can listen to me here (I’m on at 2mins 37 into the clip)…
In summary, my arguments in favour of using cushions in the home are:
- Cushions are an easy and cheap way to add colour and pattern. The fantastic range of cushions in the fantastic homes ranges by leading supermarkets means that you can even pick up a new cushion while you do your weekly shop. So if you fancy a quick update for your sofa or armchair, buying a new cushion to adorn it couldn’t be easier. In fact, you don’t even need to buy a cushion – as this easy envelope cushion tutorial shows, even a sewing beginner can turn a piece of fabric into a brand new cushion cover. I like this idea so much, I will be bringing you a video tutorial in due course.
- Cushions add comfort. Yes, I have a comfortable sofa, but I still need a cushion (or three or four) to sink into at the end of a long day. The best thing about a cushion is that it offers flexibility so can be positioned to suit each individual. If you don’t like a cushion, move it out of the way. Where’s the problem here?
- Cushions can instantly update a room. You don’t even have to open a tin of paint to give a whole room a new look. If you fancy a change of colour, a scattering of new cushions is just the way to achieve it in five minutes flat.
- Cushions on a bed add a touch of boutique hotel style. And, if you’re lucky enough to enjoy a cuppa in bed in the morning (trust me, with twin toddlers this is a rare occurrence in our house), a couple of cushions behind you will make lazing in bed even more comfy.
The cushion debate has awoken me to my true love and dedication to All Things Cushion, and I will be celebrating this love regularly on Growing Spaces with a new regular slot called Cushion of the Week – a shining example of cushionhood currently rocking my world.
In the meantime, here are my latest cushion purchases, £12 each from Habitat, which I bought on a recent 20% off evening online.
So please do share: are you a cushion lover or a cushion hater?