Say it with soft furnishings

This sitting area is styled by the choice of cushions and curtains. Note the complementary colours on the walls and sofa.
This sitting area is styled by the choice of cushions and curtains. Note the complementary colours on the walls and sofa.

A FEW years ago when I was moving to a new house, I decided I wanted a new look to celebrate the new address.

Replacing all my furniture was financially out of the question and not necessary.

I took a good look around, and noticed the cushions on my sofa were looking frayed and tired.

The old curtains had faded and they certainly didn't add much style to the new house.

I got online and I spent quite a bit of time searching.

When I did commit my money, it was on quality hand printed cushions with feather inserts (a must for comfort), to go with my lovely, plain white sofa.

Then I carefully chose velvet curtains that picked up one of the colours in the new cushions.

While these were high end pieces, the reality is I refreshed the whole look of my living area for relatively little money.

It was still the same sofa, still the same lamps, coffee table and rugs. Just new curtains and cushions.

Weekend spoke with one half of the dynamo design duo, Gavin Atkins from The Designer Boys (famed as The Boys in the first television series of The Block).

Today, The Boys live near Byron Bay and consult to the industry nationally, as well as selling wholesale interior solutions.

Gavin agrees entirely with the premise that soft furnishings are an affordable and effective way to transform a space, "I encourage my clients to invest in good quality core furniture pieces," says Gavin.

"These pieces should be timeless, and not something that will look awful in a few years time.

"That then means you can keep up with trends in a more affordable way. The best way to do that is by buying cushions and soft furnishings seasonally.

"For instance, I would suggest to clients to buy two sets of cushions. That way you can put one set away and bring the other set out when you want to refresh the look of your space. And it's affordable."

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