With spring upon us, it's time to start thinking about spending more time outdoors. Whether you're planning on updating your current outdoor space, replacing worn out pieces, or designing a new space for the first time, it's essential you don't forget about the pillows and cushions!
Not only can the right pillows and cushions tie your design together, but they will help bring a comfort and warmth to your outdoor space that the furniture alone simply can't provide. Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Design for YOUR enjoyment. While current trends can be a great inspiration, you don't have to go all-out emulating what you see trending now. Remember that you're going to be spending a lot of time with your choices -- are you going to hate that color theme in a couple of months? Go ahead and emulate styles that you really love, but make sure what you pick reflects who you are and what you love -- this will ensure you get many seasons of enjoyment and aren't replacing things every time you turn around.
2. Consider your space. Look around your outdoor area and take stock of what you have going on. How much space do you have? Where do you spend the most time? Do you have a pool, or perhaps a gazebo? Having a clear idea of how much space you have and how you use it the most will help you bring your design together.
3. Comfort is key. When you pick your new pillows and cushions, there's a few things to keep in mind. Picking durable items that will stand up to the elements is a bit of a no-brainer, but you also need to choose for comfort and function. Let's face it -- most outdoor furniture is built for durability, not comfort. Choosing pillows and cushions that give you extra comfort and support is going to prolong the time you can spend outside enjoying yourself. Pillows designed for lumbar support are a great idea, as well as seat cushions made of a good, durable material that will last a while. Throw pillows will give you lots of extra comfort to lounge on, and don't forget to look at bolsters! They make great headrests, and can also be used for yoga!
No matter what you ultimately design, make sure you have fun with it!