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DECOR. You can use cushions to add colour andmake your home more inviting, writes Hassan Ssentongo.

A neat living room is not just inviting, its appearance is also easy on the eyes. One of the hardest things to organize without the help of a decorator or an interior designer are usually the couch pillows. Interestingly, it’s nothing close to rocket science, and you can do it yourself. As long as you have an idea of what you wish to achieve, the rest of the process is easy. The trick is cultivating a pattern to follow as you organize the pillows, and here are a few ways to go about it.
• Have the entire room in mind. You don’t have to match all the pillows in the room, but if those on the sofa are of the same colour palette as those on the chairs, the outlook of the entire room will be polished and unified.
• Since pillows come with cushiness and softness, use that to your advantage by rounding the hard edges of the sofa to make them just as inviting as the rest of the living space. This usually works on modern sofas with a very low back.
• Work with the colour palette in the room to guide you as you place the pillows. Complement the appearance of the room by using pillows with a colour that coordinates with the rest of the space. Even when the pillows are placed neatly, if their colours don’t coordinate with the rest of the room, the result will not be inviting.
• Don’t allow yourself to compete with the pillows for space. It doesn’t feel homely. Put some of them away to create some more living space. Always go with an odd number, and place the pillows in a way that’s both aesthetically and homely correct.
• The pillow ensemble should have cohesion. Use pillows that are unified by a key colour. This also works when you have to mix prints. Mix prints which share a unifying colour. That way, the result will be a cohesive ensemble.
• Also considering textures is important. Linen against smooth leather or silk, or shiny pillows on a fuzzy couch which add warmth and traction, so pillows don’t slide off seats.