Decorating Tips with Pillows

Decoratoring Tips on Picking the Right Throw Pillows for Your Room

Everyone craves a change from time to time, but painting the walls a different color or reupholstering the furniture is not always the solution we can or want to go for. The easiest and affordable way to give your room an instant makeover is to add a set of decorative throw pillows. It’s this type of low-key modification that can give tremendous outcomes, and most importantly, it can be easily reversed if you don’t like the effect or get bored with it again. A vibrant throw pillow can transform an entire room’s decor and deliver a bold color statement. Discover ways to bring a pop of color into your home with beautiful, bright throw pillows.

  • Consider size.  Standard squares (about 16-18 inches) nest neatly on sofas with typical dimensions. Oversize pillows (24 inches) create a more casual, loungey feel. If you have a modern sofa with a very low back, consider 16 inches.
  • Use an odd number of pillows. In design, odd numbers tend to be more artful. Try one, three, or five, depending on the size of your furniture and the look you want (one for a chair, three or five for a standard 88-inch sofa). There’s nothing wrong about a symmetrical look, so if you want to have four pillows, don’t give up on the idea.  Just choose 2 identical pairs, preferably one solid and one patterned pillow on each side.
  • Create a mixed “pillowscape.” An easy combo: a matched pair of square solids that contrast with the color of your sofa, one oblong pillow for the center of the couch, and two interesting outliers—patterned, embellished, or oddly shaped—that reference either the color of your upholstery or the color of your solid pillows.
  • Put together a pairing. To keep a look clean, work in pairs, with patterned pillows in front and solids as the backdrop.
  • Play with Color. Pillows are one of the easiest and quickest ways to experiment with color.
  • Add Different Shapes. Round pillows are unusual and kick things up a notch. I love the contrast between the organic and the graphic — round and rectangular.  The shapes are a nice change from all the squares in the world!
  • Address the whole room. Think of a living room’s pillows as a family. The pillow on a chair doesn’t have to match the group on the sofa, but if it relates in some way—palette, style—the space feels unified and polished.