Update your home with decorative pillows
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.
- 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.
2. Take into account the amount of existing color.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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