Update your home with decorative pillows

Adding decorative pillows to a room is the easiest and most affordable way to change the look of your space. They can add color, pattern and comfort in an instant. Living spaces feel warmer and more inviting with throw pillows.
 
But how do you decide which are the most suitable pillows for your space? There are a few different factors to consider. These expert tips will help you give your home a new life with a small and simple change.

COLOR

Other Pieces In Room

Color has the biggest impact on the overall design of a space. It will also help you eliminate options that don’t work. There are several ways to choose a color for your throw pillows.

1. Look to other pieces in the room.

Work with elements that already exist in the space as design cues. Let’s say the rug is multi-colored or the drapery has an eye-catching shade… Use these details as a starting point to your color scheme.
 
That’s not to say that everything needs to match to perfection. Ideally, you want your room to “coordinate” not “match”.
    • Rooms that coordinate have a variety of shapes, textures, materials and tones that work together.
    • Rooms that match tend to look like everything was bought in one store or purchased as a furniture suite.
 
Amount of Existing Color

2. Take into account the amount of existing color.

If the room already has various colors on separate design elements, then your throw pillows should give a “breather” to a color-saturated room. For example, if your sofa, rug and walls are in three different colors, consider adding pillows in a variety of neutrals.
 
But, if your space is mostly neutral and you want to add a punch of color, you can do so without committing to any color long-term. Look for pillows in colors that complement each other for a more balanced look.
 
Repetition

3. Think about repetition.

When it comes to color in a room, repetition is key to making a design feel cohesive. Whatever color you choose for your pillows, be sure it’s applied in at least two other places within the room.

PRINTS

Mixing prints
To some, mixing prints can be intimidating. But it’s really not that complicated. Unlike color, the key to using prints in a room isn’t repetition, but variety.
 
That doesn’t mean you should mix polka dots, flowers, and stripes to create a beautiful space. What it means is that:
  • The prints you choose should differ in size and scale so that each pattern stands out from the others.
  • Too many small- or large-scale prints compete with one another and feel busy.
  • While a small scale print, a medium scale and a large scale, will look complementary and balanced.
 
Print and texture

If you’re still wary of mixing prints, a safe way of doing so is by mixing two prints (in different scales) with a solid color or texture. It’s a basic formula that works every time.

  • The largest print sets the tone for the rest of the room.
  • The mid/small scale print gives depth and visual interest.
  • While the solid color grounds the design scheme.

SIZE

Large far corner small inside
Size does matter… in choosing the perfect pillow, that is. The style of your home and scale of your furniture will offer the best guide.
 
  • Large or casual pieces of furniture, like a cozy sectional sofa in a family room, work best with large pillows. Choose pillows that are 50cm (20”) and larger.
  • Streamlined and modern furniture, or tight and tailored pieces will look out of balance with oversized throw pillows. So if you have a contemporary sofa or a low-profile chair, choose pillows on the smaller side that are 45cm (18”) or under.
  • For a layered look, add rectangular or smaller pillows in front of the larger ones, such as 35cm (14”) or 40cm (16”). You could even use lumbar cushions in the center of the sofa.
 
Lumbar on center
As far as placement goes,
  • Your largest pillows should be on the far corners.
  • They should get smaller in size as you move towards the center of the couch.

This way, you won’t feel like you’re sitting on the edge of the sofa because the pillows are taking up all the space.

TEXTURE

Texture on neutral scheme
Texture plays a major role on any design.
  • This is particularly important on neutral color schemes.
  • It’s a great way of adding visual interest without having to resort to patterns and prints.
 
Think of thick cable-knit pillows, faux-fur, and even sequins. They don’t need to be fancy, they just need to add depth by way of their weaving, stitching or tone-on-tone pattern.
 
Multi colored textures

FILLING

Most pillows come in either down or synthetic fill.
  • If you’re working on a budget or are allergic to down feathers, synthetic-fill pillows are your best option. They are also durable and washable.
  • If you prefer natural materials, love the look of a “fluffed” pillow, and want extra comfort, then go with a down-filled pillow.

Now that you know what you’re looking for, explore our collection of decorative pillow covers here.

 


Did you find this helpful?  Do you have any questions or need any other decorating tips?

Just ask in the comments below – I’m all ears! 


 

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