Selecting and styling decorative pillows seems so complicated, but, there’s a secret to making your couch pillows (and bedroom throw pillows) look great. But, you need to remember the most important part: have fun! Don’t be afraid to mix up your throw pillows and incorporate a little whimsy into your style.
Don’t stress out about how to style your throw pillows. Don’t overthink the pillow grouping and design. Remember: you can always change up the pillows and put them in different spots. This flexibility is why decorative pillows are one of the easiest ways to change up the look of your room. Throw pillows are inexpensive, small, and perfect for adding a pop of color or a fun pattern. There’s no commitment with throw pillows. Here’s how to style throw pillows for a look you’ll love!
Pillow Size is Crucial
When selecting pillows, it’s important to remember, that the pillows are accents to the piece, not the piece itself. When selecting throw pillows, size is a big consideration. Pick a pillow too big and it will eat your sofa or chair. Pick a throw pillow that’s too small and the pillow will look like an afterthought; that too is a no-no in our world. Start with what could be your largest pillow size and work your way down to the smallest.
Remember too, there are always pillow covers. Find the right size pillow first, and then consider making or buying pillow covers to get the look you want.
Determine How Many Pillows Are Needed
Many of you are familiar with the rule of always decorating items in odd numbers like three or five. This decorating rule goes for pillow styling too, especially if you want a more eclectic or modern look.
If you have a larger (longer than 6’) sofa that you’re styling, then this decorating rule can go out the window! Consider using an even number of pillows: six, with three throw pillows at each sofa end. The exception to this odd/even pillow rule is if you have a large sectional sofa.
When styling a sectional, you can go with 5 or 7 pillows. Group the throw pillows with two or three at each end and a set in the middle. In other words, never just two throw pillows on a couch (no matter the size).
Mix Pillow Patterns and Textures
Mix and match fabrics, textures, and patterns you love. Mixing patterns can be intimidating at first, so take a look online and find inspiration boards and examples of pattern mixing that you like. you can try this tip, all throw pillow groupings need a solid color. when picking out your patterned throw pillows to add to the mix, choose at least one or two of them that feature these same colors, even if it’s a dot of the same shade.
Now you have a set of solid color pillows, a set of mixed patterns with a hint of the color, and it’s time to add your accent pillows. Your accent pillows are meant to make a statement too, so have fun with it. The pillows don’t need to be the same colors; they could feature a modern pattern with a more traditional pattern behind them. There isn’t a hard rule, just have fun with it.