Adire Floor Cushions – combining aesthetics with storage solutions

Kid's Square bean bag

These floor cushions (fabric cover only, no fillings) come with unique design and style for an additional seat in your home as well as providing storage solutions.  They can double as children’s seat and storage for their soft toys.  You can also up-cycle your old pillows, cushions and duvets by using them as fillings or you could use the traditional polystyrene beads.

Hand-dyed African bean bag Blue

The cushion top fabrics are hand-dyed indigo resist cotton called Adire. They are ethically made in Yorubaland, south-western Nigeria by small scale traders.  The adire-making trade is very popular and contributes a great deal to the economic and social development of the region.  The process of resist-dyeing involves creating a pattern by treating certain parts of the fabric in some way to prevent them absorbing dye.  The  backing fabrics are sturdy, family-friendly fabrics that can withstand everyday use. Inner bags are included to contain children’s toys or your preferred fillings.

They come in different designs and colours,  each carefully crafted and hand-dyed with various colours and patterns.  Suitable for spot clean or dry clean.

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Choosing the right colours for your design projects

Colourful side tables

Colours are associated with emotion, personal, cultural and psychological meaning.

In choosing the right colour for your living space, ensure you plan the mood and goal you want to achieve for your project well in advance to avoid disappointment.  If possible, research by looking at interior magazines and online interior websites that are of interest to you.   Once you have determined your choice of colour and pattern, write this down in your planner along with other design plans of your choice. Make sure you have chosen the right colour that expresses the mood you want to create for your space.  Some sample colours and the moods they create are given below;

  • Traditional colours are the rich shades of greens, browns and earthy orange.  These colours evoke a sense of history and age. They have arather masculine edge as you will often see them used in men’s fashion ensemble.
  • Regal or royal colours are the deep shades of purple, blue-violet with silver and gold to add some sparkle.  These colours create the mood of sensuous richness to living space.
  • Romantic colours are the pinks and deep reds.  These are warm colours that create the right mood for love and friendship.  We are easily drawn by these colours as they attract attention.
  • Magical colours are purples, lilacs, gold, silver and deep yellows.  These are fascinating and powerful, evoking vibrance and energy into your living space.

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You can enhance your design better by matching your chosen colour(s) with other colour schemes, or combine with other elements and accessories – such as lighting, fabrics, wall decoration, etc.

Do contact us for design consultation if you require one.

Some tips for small space solution

Hallway Home_Office

The trick to living in small spaces is to make the most of the space at your disposal, especially when you haven’t got a great deal of room to play with.

Every centimetre counts in space planning process.  Clever design strategies such as good use of light, colours, minimalistic furniture and space saving decorative items such as the storage floor cushion above will go a long way to achieving the best outcome for your living space.

In the above picture, the strategy was to give the illusion of space and at the same time enhance the lovely picturesque of the view outside using sheer curtains and a venetian blind.  These created a visual impact and an illusion of more space by bringing the beautiful exterior space into the interior space.  The lovely view, which looks far better than any wall decoration, also helps to maximise the available natural light.