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Instant home update: cool cushions chosen by Interior Designer Laura Stephens

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“Show me a woman who doesn’t love cushions and I’ll show a cat who won’t drink milk,” the wise man so didn’t say. But you get the picture. Cushions are just THE business when it comes to injecting a little pizazz into your room.”I can’t get enough of scatter cushions,” agrees Laura Stephens, our go-to girl for all things interiors-related. “So easy to change up your look, soften a room and inject colour. And the best thing is you can buy gorgeous cushions to freshen up a tired room, or neutral sofa without spending a fortune….” Here are some of the best she’s come across recently….

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IKAT

“The trend for an Ikat print continues. I love the way you can introduce a relaxed pattern and inject a pop of colour with ikat cushions. The one above is from Sofa.com (£49-£59).”

Jennifer Manners does amazing rugs but she has just started a new line in gorgeous silk Ikat cushions…. Admittedly, a bit pricier but would completely lift a neutral sofa or armchair. £125

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VELVET

Velvet cushions add a real sense of luxe without spending a fortune to get a luxury look. A little known fact is that Sofa.com does large 55cm x 55cm sized cushions in any of their fabrics for as little as £40. I love their velvets in these stunning colours:

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Birdie Fortescue also does lovely velvet cushions- this dove grey one comes in a generous size and linen backed is gorgeous for a more laid back feel.

£62.50, Birdie Fortescue

£62.50, Birdie Fortescue

BLOCK PRINT

I can’t get enough of these pretty block print cushions from Birdie Fortescue. I’ve recently used them to build a scheme in my daughter’s room. They look very Scandinavian. fresh and pretty against a white back drop, and again well priced. From £34.95

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PINK

Pink is another trend which refuses to go away. Whilst for many a pink sofa or pink walls maybe a step too far, a pop of pink on a cushion is a great way to inject some feminine colour without committing wholly to the pink craze. these are some of my favourites …..

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This Holly’s House fluoro pink cushion would look amazing on a grey sofa…£64

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Another gorgeous pink combined with the latest trend in jungle print (and I love the black and white trim!) £70

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I love the boho look of this and the citrine detail… £32 (cover only)

KIDS

Finally, these are a few sweet options for kids rooms…

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Tinker Anchor cushion, £35, Tori Murphy; Velvet star cushion, £16, Molly Meg

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Tiger cushion, £24, Molly Meg; Watermelon cushion, £9.50 M&S

Top image: Chris Snook

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