Who knew custom made foam furnishings could look so cool?

Once upon a time Clark Rubber and textile wholesaler Warwick were widely considered to be worlds apart. However the foam king and the fabric giant recently partnered, allowing customers to create stylish bespoke furniture that perfectly suits their surrounds.

Foam and fabric encompass a sea of options though, and for some the raft of choices is an absolute minefield. So where to begin? Interior stylist behind the blog Style Curator, Gina Ciancio answered some questions to help get the ball rolling.

What's the benefit of customising your own furnishings instead of buying off the shelf?

Buying off the shelf restricts you to certain sizes and materials. Using a custom service on the other hand means you can create something to fit your exact space.

You can even go a step further and finish the cushion with your choice of edging. This looks particularly great when a colour piping is used to pick up on an accent colour in a room.

Weathered outdoor furniture can be given a new lease on life.

Gina Ciancio

What are some of the seated areas in the home where you could utilise this service?

If you can imagine it, the team can most likely create it. Popular areas of the home to create custom cushions are bench seats, outdoor cushions, oversized floor cushions, custom bedheads and window seats.

How could you incorporate these new furnishings into your home to elevate a dreary space?

A tired window bench could become the feature of a room with a fresh lick of paint, a custom bench seat and some new scatter cushions. Weathered outdoor furniture can be given a new lease on life with newly made cushions. Hard seating areas around the home can also be made to feel cosy with their own custom cushions.

How do you choose the best fabric and colour for a particular space?

When it comes to selecting fabric, it's important to be practical as well as thinking about aesthetics. Practicality-wise, you want to select a fabric fit for purpose; does it need to be harder-wearing or easy to clean?

Then pick from a fabric range that offers that, such as 'Cleo', which looks like velvet but is suitable for heavy duty commercial use.

Selecting the right colour can be tricky, mainly because there is so much choice. I suggest looking for a colour that suits your overall colour scheme, but offers enough contrast so it doesn't look too matchy-matchy. Using artwork or a rug as a reference is always a good idea.