African cushions are a great choice if you are looking to add some warmth and interest to an interior or exterior space in your home or other location, perhaps in your office or to add a theme to an area or room in a small hotel or lodge.
African Cushions can be cleverly used to add color, texture or eye-catching designs to an otherwise bland or unexciting space. By choosing the correct fabric and size, the cushions can also be used to add softness and warmth to a hard or otherwise uninviting space.
African cushions can be used indoors in lounge areas, dining areas, bedrooms or even study areas.A lounge area theme can be cleverly linked back to a dining area through the use of themed African cushions, for example, the same or similar cushions could be scattered across the sofa and then placed on dining chairs.
On outdoor patios, black metal patio furniture looks fabulous when finished off with rough textured African print cushions, which bring together and soften the cold hardness of the metal furniture and the succulent plant life. Wooden outdoor furniture would also work well with ornate African cushions.
Abstract shapes, swirls, circles, animal prints and people first come to mind when one visualizes the dominant designs on African cushions.
African cushions often sport pictures of stylized African people with long thin arms, legs and necks, warriors with spears held high, or curvaceous women carrying baskets of water on top of their heads.The more common animal shapes seen are elephants, giraffes, birds, zebras, ostriches and a variety of types of buck.
African designs are usually bold and, if not geometric in some way, they often incorporate an element of nature, whether it’s animal or plant.
Leaves, flowers and trees are often used.
Whilst cotton is always a popular favorite for cushions, rougher fabrics are widely used for African cushions. They are often made from fabrics that have thick and sometimes even rough textures; however one can find silky and shiny fabrics that are printed with lustrous African designs and images.
Mock hide fabrics are a signature fabric type and these can be strategically placed in eye-catching spots in the room to show off the original texture of the hides.
Look for cushions with wooden buttons and furry trims to continue the African theme and finish off the cushions.
When one thinks of African cushions, the color black definitely comes to mind first, as it is often used on a calm neutral beige or brown background, however rich reds, rusty shades, oranges and muted blues also play an important role and are widely used.
African cushions would not be well suited for someone with a preference for dainty designs, as they tend to be bold and to make a big statement.
Animal prints such as the zebra, giraffe and leopard print are widely featured in the true colours of the hides. Whatever the design, the word rustic usually comes to mind.
African cushions are surprisingly widely available in home wares stores, design stores and other furniture retailers.Failing that, fabrics with African designs are widely available from fabric shops, especially those retailing upholstery weight fabrics and can easily be made up into unique and original cushions with a pinch of imagination.