From a luxury penthouse living room to a cozy scandinavian corner, these living rooms span a variety of styles brought to you by Spacio Design Team.Enjoy!
From a luxury penthouse living room to a cozy scandinavian corner, these living rooms span a variety of styles brought to you by Spacio Design Team.Enjoy!
Cushions and pillows in any space introduce color, texture and form — all vital design elements when you’re finessing a room. These days we are bombarded with all kinds of styles and shapes of cushions, and here you’ll learn the ins and outs of this surprisingly complex piece of decor from Spacio Designers. Then you can impress your cushion maker with your knowledge of terms such as “bobble fringe,” “knife edge” and “Turkish corner.”
The word “cushion” was used in writings as far back as the Middle Ages. Made of sackcloth or leather, filled with hair or wool and often embroidered, these large items were more like the floor pillows of today.In the U.S., the terms “pillow” and “cushion” can be interchangeable. In many other Western countries, a pillow is usually larger and for sleeping, while a cushion is used for lounging.
Most standard cushions on the market are 17 by 17 inches square. This is because a standard roll of fabric is 54 inches wide. Allowing for seams, three 18-inch pieces of fabric can be cut, avoiding wastage. Custom-designed cushions may cost a little more, but they open up a world of possibilities.
The knife-edge cushion is the simplest and most popular of all the cushions. It has just two pieces of fabric and four side seams that taper into sharp corners. Why not add a border in another color to an otherwise monochromatic cushion, as shown here?
If you want a zipper, get one that matches the fabric color. You can also ask for an envelope-back cover — as the name suggests, the back fabric is overlapped to create the closure.
The insert in a knife-edge cushion tends to look fuller in the middle and thinner on the edges. Use a feather-down blend, which will hold its shape and doesn’t need as much fluffing as a 100 percent down insert.
The box cushion has a top, a bottom and four sides. The sides are called the boxing, and can be from 1 inch to 10 or more inches deep, depending on the overall size and use of the cushion. This banquette has box cushions for both the seating and on top of it. Keep in mind that the seat cushion will flatten in half when you sit on it, so be generous with your measurements.
Piping, also called welting, can add structure. This can be either in the same fabric, known as self-piping, or in a contrasting color. If you have other cushions in the room, link that color to your piping.
The insert should be firm and enhance the structure of the cushion. Synthetic inserts, such as hypoallergenic polyester, are a smart choice for cushions that will suffer from wear and tear. Just as comfortable as feather-down inserts, they’re also great substitutes if you’re allergic to feathers.
The embellished cushion allows you to be creative. A room takes on a distinct personality when you think hard about your cushion design.
Embellishments are many and varied. Bobble fringes with pom-poms look playful. Ruched or cut fringes look soft and feminine. Braided and flanged cords in contrasting colors add elegance. All cushion makers carry an array of trims and give great advice.
Another tip when buying the insert: Make sure it is encased in a tightly woven fabric, like cotton. This will stop the feathers from popping through. The insert also needs to fill the corners of the cover. If you like the plump look, get an insert that’s the same size as the cover — if not, get one an inch or two smaller.
The Turkish-corner cushion, in my opinion, is not done enough. If you don’t like the sharp corners you get with a knife-edge cushion, try Turkish corners.
The treatment is called pinch pleating. This works on the knife-edge cushion and the box cushion when it is a scattered — not a seat — cushion. The pleats create neat, rounded tucks at each corner. This treatment is used to great effect on this blue-gray plaid back cushion.
Taupe Turkish Corner Pillow Cover
Here’s a closer shot of a Turkish corner. With this style, the insert fits right up into the corners, so this cushion doesn’t have the flat, pointy look of other cushions.
The bolster cushion has many uses. Its tubular shape with round ends is a great head support for something like reading in bed, and a helpful armrest on a banquette. Bolsters also break the visual monotony of traditional cushions.
As with round cushions, piping can help create a neat finish. Use a color that is already in the room for your piping.
Bolster cushions may or may not have zippers. After the loose filling is inserted, the seam is closed with a slip stitch. If you don’t go with a zipper, remember to choose hard-wearing fabric, as spot cleaning will be your only option.
The flanged cushion is also a change from the standard knife-edge cushion. A flange is a piece of fabric that extends beyond the seam, giving the cushion a gentle, fluttery effect.
Flanged cushion covers can be made with the same fabric as the cover itself (called a self-border) or as an integrated border with a contrasting fabric. These striped pillows sitting on the chairs have the flange on the vertical, rather than all sides. Using the same fabric but turning the pattern a different way includes both ideas and gives you a stunning result.
This May, we’re all about Small Spaces, a bread-and-butter topic on Spacio and a personal favorite of ours. No doubt we’ll cover lots of tips, inspiration and ideas for small-space living over the coming weeks, but first let’s revisit what we already know works. Here are three classic ways to make living little work for you.
Small is one thing, but small and dark is quite another. Almost nothing has the power to transform a room like lighting.
Work with the natural light available to you by keeping furniture low and out of the light’s path, using window treatments which let in as much light as possible, and by using reflective surfaces like mirrors to increase the light’s throw. In terms of artificial light, make sure you have sufficient general, ambient and task lighting for all the ways in which you use the space. Once it’s properly lit, even a small room can feel spacious.
It goes without saying that in a small space, storage, and more importantly, organization, is key.Furniture with added storage and built-ins are a great way to achieve the former, and the latter comes down to habit forming and learning to live with less. It’s a constant struggle for many of us, but tidying regularly and paring down will make a big difference in fully embracing your small home, not simply making do with it.
In a small space with multiple uses, having a flexible layout and/or furniture can be a saving grace. Search out pieces with multiple uses: a desk/dining table hybrid (or even a wall-mounted dining table), a comfortable and stylish sofa bed, nesting tables and rolling pieces can all make life a little easier for the small apartment dweller.
Sick of staring at a cold, stark, empty wall? Spacio Design Inspirationists brings you solutions to infuse it with warmth and style by adding creative artwork.
To put a culinary-inspired twist on the classic silhouette, use cutouts of cooking utensils and appliances as the subject matter. These cutouts are backed with photocopied pages from an old cookbook, allowing them to blend easily with the kitchen’s country style. The pieces stand out against the wall with crisp black frames in varying widths and are arranged in a neat, balanced composition.
Draw attention to unique accessories with an oversize piece of artwork. This massive print embraces the contemporary typography trend and draws the eye toward a modern transparent console table. To keep the arrangement looking grounded and intentional, it’s been flanked by a pair of industrial-style sconces.
Update the classic look of botanical prints with this easy DIY project. Silk or plastic greenery is laid on a blank canvas and a coat of spray paint creates the reverse silhouette. A special material called frisket (available in the model-building section of a crafts store) gives the pieces a unique irregular border.
Who says calendars can’t function as artwork, too? To create the look, remove the glass from a store-bought picture frame, line the inside of the frame with a piece of scrapbook paper, then adhere the calendar to the paper. To allow easy change-out from month to month, look for a calendar that has tear-off pages.
Bring the great outdoors inside with artwork. This sunny sitting room includes a large bay window that offers magnificent views of the outside, making these small butterfly prints blend right in on a blank wall. The bright colors on the butterflies’ wings add a needed splash of color to the mostly neutral room and coordinate perfectly with other accessories and decor.
Search antique shops and flea markets for vintage landscape blueprints that double as wall art. This print, with its soft color palette and faded paper, blends easily with a country gardening motif.
Get the gridded artwork look on a dime. Browse the dollar store for wood frames and customize them with paint. These frames were spruced up with black paint and then distressed with sandpaper to match the look of the vintage botanical prints they display.
Don’t let a small kitchen space stand in the way of your decor. Hang a pair of floating shelves at staggering angles on a blank wall and fill them with various frames and pretty china patterns. To make the display pop, paint the shelves a contrasting color.
Switch out your artwork frequently with this easy approach. Simply hang a grouping of prints on walls with thumbtacks, which also lends a more casual vibe than standard framed prints.
Prevent a blank wall from looking stark and empty by filling it with a collection of small prints. Soft landscapes like these ones look soothing placed against a soft blue wall. To create a cohesive composition, search for prints of similar sizes and arrange the frames in a grid pattern on the wall.
High-impact decorating on a budget has never been easier. These pieces were made with nothing more than a couple canvases and metal repair tape. To create these shiny DIY works of art, cut the metal repair tape with scissors and adhere in geometric patterns to the canvases. The silver material stands out against cool blue walls and fits in perfectly with the other silver accessories and decor elsewhere in the room.
Dress up a bare area with variations on a single decorating theme. The small print hanging directly above the desk was the inspiration for this bird-theme desk space. A large painting above the shelf draws attention to the space and ties together the whole look.
Use framed prints to fill up blank space on the wall behind a bed, an arrangement that doubles as a headboard. To create this grid like look, use square black frames and hang them close together, leaving about 2-3 inches between the frame edges.
Create a gallery of frames above a large window or along the soffit above kitchen cabinets. Use matching frames for your collection and fill with favorite snapshots and fun prints. If you have a colorful space, try a collection of black-and-white images. Or if your space leans more neutral, like this breakfast nook, opt for an assortment of colorful artwork.
A single piece of art can be the solution for an entire blank wall — especially if it’s a dramatic size, like this floor-to-ceiling printed canvas stretched around a frame. To make your own oversize artwork, stretch fabric around a canvas frame, available at crafts stores.
Combine two types of wall art — shadowboxes and plates — for a distinctive way to dress up a blank wall. Line the shadow boxes with colorful papers or fabrics, then mount coordinating plates inside the boxes with a strong adhesive.
Give an old serving tray new life as a unique piece of wall art. This round serving tray adds a decorative touch to a bedside area with its pretty design and complementary color scheme.
Introduce a new color to a space with brightly hued picture mats. These yellow matted prints bring attention to the bed, casting it as the bedroom’s focal point. The yellow mats serve as a vivid contrast to the purple-hue bedroom. For a polished look, repeat the mat’s hue somewhere else in the room.
Round up a collection of worn or unreadable books with fun covers. Remove the covers and hang them in frames for a literary-theme wall art installation. Or, if you want to keep the books intact, scan the covers and print on photo paper.
Hop on the typography trend and use letters to create an artsy arrangement. Use a variety of sizes, colors, and materials. Try combining prints with three-dimensional letters arranged in shadow boxes. For an extra dose of style, include one striking large letter to balance several smaller pieces.
An expansive floating shelf adds character to a blank wall. Layer framed prints or pictures and favorite accessories along the shelf. If you have a larger wall, hang several shelves and stagger their heights.
Make your own unique wall art piece with candleholders by arranging them in a grid on a wall.These holders have a small hole in the bottom so they can hang from a nail with the base flush against the wall.
Dress up your walls with variations on a single theme. Pick a subject or motif you love and repeat it in a collection of paintings, prints, needlepoints, and more. If you crave a little continuity, frame all your pieces in the same style of frame.
Add a touch of childhood whimsy to any room in your home by framing your children’s artwork. Hanging the items in high-traffic areas will make kids feel special, and by choosing traditional gallery-inspired frames, the artwork will blend easily with its surroundings.
Looking for a quick but stunning way to fill up a blank wall? Try an oversize mirror. This once dull corner comes to life with a large mirror in a bright blue frame. The mirror adds style to the room and reflects light around the space, making it feel larger.
For a lighter alternative to a large mirror, group several smaller mirrors together. The result is a subtle yet stunning wall arrangement. Use frameless mirrors in different shapes such as the ones pictured for a sophisticated cottage look.
Add a gallery installation to your living room using nothing more than magnetic paint and wood trim. Section off a wall portion and paint it with the magnetic paint; then top with a coat of paint in the color of your choice. (We chose a hue slightly darker than the rest of the wall.) Let kids hang their latest creations from the wall with fun magnets. Incorporate a few framed pieces to make the space look cohesive.
Create a picture-perfect plate arrangement on your walls with a little bit of prep work. Trace the items you plan to hang onto paper. Cut out the shapes and tape to the wall in different arrangements until you get the perfect combination.
Have you found the perfect piece of artwork but discovered it doesn’t fill the wall space the way you’d like it to? Pair it with smaller paintings to make the arrangement feel more robust. By itself, this larger print was a little too small to adequately fill the expanse of wall in this entryway. By placing two smaller paintings on each side of the print, the arrangement is in proportion to the wall space surrounding it.
Love a particular pattern or motif? Give it prominence in your wall art, but add a little zip with slight variations. Here, lattice prints in four different pattern variations and background colors were combined to create one arrangement. Matching frames unite the prints for a casual yet sophisticated look.
For a casual cottage look, hang shallow wicker baskets along a wall as artwork. Here, the woven baskets add texture to the wall, and the natural material pops against cool blue walls.
Search antique stores and flea markets for old finds to frame into one-of-a-kind artwork. Consider classic finds such as quilts, vintage cross-stitch, or watercolors to add some fab flair to your walls.
To create this unique look, cover your plain walls with large sheets of plywood. Then add a collage of frames in various sizes, shapes, and colors to complete the look.
Fill blank wall space with a tight arrangement of eclectic artwork. To keep the wall from looking cluttered and random, make sure the artwork has a similar feel like all of these paintings.
Dress up plain walls with trimwork. For a subtle yet stunning approach, paint the trim the same color as your walls. Start with a chair rail, installed about 3 feet up the wall from the floor, then add additional squares and rectangles in a repeating pattern.
For a classic country look, search local flea markets for vintage posters like these. For a simple framing technique, use poster hangers that allow the piece to simply slide into the frame, and hang the unit up by a ribbon.
It’s hard to know what’s going to stick and what’s going to go down in history. Interior design trends come and go and come again, to be sure.
In the ’50s, people ripped out Victorian details and claw-foot tubs in favor of vinyl and plastic and elements with the sleek, modern aesthetic of the atomic age. In the ’70s and ’80s, Danish modern pieces and other icons of the ’50s were eschewed as symbols of a stuffy, bygone era. Now they are sought-after treasures with giant price tags.
In the last decade, we’ve seen some new decorating trends emerge. Some will have staying power, and some will go down. We may see them in 20 years and think, “That is so 2012-2013.” But which is which? Spacio Designers have their predictions. What are yours?
We are a huge fan of Moroccan poufs, says Navin Kanodia of Spacio Furniture. They are great extra seating. They are great footrests. They are both exotic and modern, and they come in a rainbow of colors.
They’re modern looking, but with just the right amount of flourish. Not too sleek, not too busy.
And they go with any decor: modern, traditional & eclectic. But are they here to stay?
This beautiful and serene pattern hit its apex in about 2010, when it was absolutely everywhere.
It’s simple, symmetrical and classic.
Midcentury Modern Wallpaper
All love wallpaper, and love the big, graphic patterns inspired by midcentury designs. But they’ve already done their comeback circle, and we are betting that in a few more years they are going to fall out of favor again.
In 1990 no one would have put this in their home. Now everyone is. What about in 2025?
Same goes for midcentury textured wallpaper. Trend.
Midcentury Starburst Mirrors
A design trend from our youth that now seems horribly misguided. The 50’s generation still cannot imagine why anyone would want this in a home where as the youth of today find it to be the trend and the in thing.
But many, many people do want starburst mirrors in their homes. You see them in all sorts of different styles. Does that make them a classic, or are they just enjoying one last moment of favor?
All the midcentury design icons have made a huge resurgence in the past decade: Eames, Saarinen, Nelson , Bertoia. You can’t turn around without hitting your shin on a Tulip Chair.
Midcentury modern design has real beauty and a very recognizable aesthetic. It is grounded in the philosophy of its time, which sought a sleek simplicity and integration with the outdoors.
The ideas and designs of that time will never fade away. But the trend of creating a period-piece room will. We will always have Danish modern and Nelson lights, but we don’t think there will be quite so many rooms that look like Mad Men sets in 20 years.
Butterflies are the insect of choice for everything from little girls’ rooms to sophisticated dining rooms. In the early years it was birds; now it’s butterflies.
Nature never goes out of style, and we’ve been stealing its designs since we first wrote on cave
walls. But will butterflies scream “2012” in five years?
These are another staple of modern, eclectic design. Just try to score a cheap out-of-date globe at a garage sale. There is no such thing, such is the demand.
Old globes do have an innate loveliness. They are bright and round and colorful. They represent exploration and mystery.
But will the old globe’s current iniquitousness be its undoing? Ten years from now, will you be able to score one at a garage sale for next to nothing?
This is another big one in eclectic modern design. It’s funny and winking and ironic — very much a product of the time.
But animal heads fashioned out of cardboard, plaster and ceramic have a limited shelf life.
‘For Like Ever’ Posters
Already dated. They were just too popular for their own good.
It’s always possible that they will make a nostalgic comeback in 20 years when all the children of today recall them from their childhoods. But they will never be a classic.
They are great for people who can’t or don’t want to commit to wallpaper. And they are certainly a lot less expensive than art. But does the wall decal mural have a future?
We think wall decals might be here to stay for short-life rooms like nurseries, but their best days
are behind them for adult spaces.
Please let us know your views and comments.