Pillow Talk: Learn the Lingo of Cushions

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.”

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Wooden Floor for Beautiful Home

In Choosing wooden floor for your home interior is attractive options. Several styles and colors can make the home look expensive and elegant. lighter Wood colors will also make your home look more “young” and dynamic.

 

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Actually, the choice of wood flooring is not only divided by color. Wooden floors are divided based on constituent material. You can find other types of wooden floor, such as solid wood flooring, laminate flooring, and engineering wood.

 

Solid wood

 

As suggested name, it is made from solid wood species are relatively expensive piece of wood. Unfortunately, although able to provide its own prestige value, solid wood flooring is not very suitable for tropical areas with high humidity levels.

 

In addition, solid wood flooring also has the possibility to expand and contract. This type of flooring is generally produced with a thickness of 10 mm to 18 mm. After being used for some time, you can sandpaper back.

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Solid wood available with and without finishing. However, it can not be installed in the basement and can not be installed right on top of the concrete. So, if you want it, you should contact a professional to install this type of floor.

 

Engineering wood

 

Engineering wood using wood that has been treated with a multi-layer technology. This type is commonly referred to as parquet engineer. This type of wood is relatively resistant to shrinkage and bending, and are generally available with a thickness of 15 millimeters.

 

Engineered wood flooring you can use in the basement and attached directly to the concrete. Unfortunately, most of this type of flooring can not be re-finishing. Others may once or twice in re-finishing.

 

Laminate flooring

 

Laminated flooring is often also known as imitation wood. It is made from wood pulp pressed together with glue and paper decor with patterned laminated wood. Same with solid wood, this type of floor covering is also not suitable in environments with high humidity.

 

For laminate flooring, flooring is much cheaper than other types of wood flooring. You can put it in the basement or upstairs. However, unlike other types of wood, the type of wood will sound hollow and did not seem genuine.

Living in Big Spaces : Three things that makes a big difference

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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.

 

Lighting

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.

 

Organization & Storage

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.

 

Versatility & Flexibility

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.

38 Blank Wall Solutions

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.

Stylish Silhouettes

Stylish Silhouettes

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.

Attention Grabber

Attention Grabber

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.

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DIY Botanical Prints

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.

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Artsy Calendars

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.

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A Bit of Nature

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.

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Laying the Plans

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.

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Natural Beauty

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.

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Small Space Decor

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.

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Quick Change

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.

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Soothing Solution

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.

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DIY Artwork

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.

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Stick to the Theme

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.

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Headboard Art

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.

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Upper Gallery

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.

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Art of Grandeur

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.

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Doubled Wall Art

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.

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Repurposed Art

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.

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Bright Spot

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.

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Books as Art

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.

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Wall Letters

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.

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Gallery Shelf

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.

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Do-It-Yourself Artwork

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.

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Art by Theme

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.

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Kids’ Gallery

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.

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Reflective Artwork

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.

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Reflective Series

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.

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Just For Kids

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.

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Symmetrical Arrangement

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.

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Filling the Space

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.

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Repeat With Variation

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.

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Basket Art

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.

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Go Antiquing

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.

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Plywood Perfection

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.

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Pack It In

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.

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Monochromatic Molding

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.

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Vintage Posters

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.

Luxurious Open Air Home Built for Two

Researched by Team Spacio

This 450 square meter creation is the work of Barrionuevo Sierchuk Arquitectas, who designed it to suit the luxurious lifestyle of a couple without children. Intended for exclusive use, the house features just one bedroom for dinner (come bed and breakfast) guests and centers around the master suite, that like the rest of the house, conceals heavy wooden doors which completely open the entire structure to the elements.

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