Group Pillows by Odd or Even Numbers
Tossing a bunch of pillows on a couch and seeing what sticks is not the usual approach to decorating with pillows, but one basic rule to follow when you are using throw pillows is to group them in odd or even numbers, depending on what type of style room you have. For more modern and nontraditional rooms, use an uneven amount such as 3, 5 & 7. Asymmetrical groupings are a known designer rule when you are creating more eclectic and contemporary spaces. Use an even amount of pillows for more traditional and classic design spaces. Even numbers of pillows look more symmetrical and visually balanced because having equal number and sized throw pillows will give visual counterbalance on sofas and love seats. Be careful not to display pillows too symmetrical, this can sometimes look too contrived and forced.
Mix Different Size Pillows
Once you have figured out the grouping of pillows, you’ll want to choose different types and sizes of pillows. Whether it’s a bolster, lumbar, round or square, think variety and you will see a room come alive with interest and drama. Add fringe and welting on pillows and cushions for detail. Add a round sunburst pillow to a deep seating chair for a modern look or add a basic bolster to a couch as a statement piece. Floor pillows are another option for floors and playroom areas. Extra-large toss pillows give even more seating to rooms and provide a comfy ambiance.
Different Color Pillows
Selecting colors for your pillows really comes down to what you like. Most would agree that we have a favorite color or style which we can’t live without. Choose pillow colors that speak to you. You may be inspired by artwork, an accent rug, or a staple furniture piece. Decide on a common accent color and repeat this throughout the area. Good design and color repeats itself and is visually more cohesive. You can go farther with lamps, candles, throw blankets and frames to further the color and interest throughout the room.
When in Doubt, Go for Three
When you’re not sure how many pillow patterns to work into a room’s visual space, go for three: Solid, Texture, and Pattern. This is a sure way to get the same major design appeal in spaces without going overboard in the pillow department. A massive amount of pillows, with all different looks in one area will look overwhelming to the eye. Instead, choose one solid, one texture and one pattern for a refined look. this will cover all the basics. For example, below we have chosen a gold solid pillow with sheen, a long geometric lumbar and topped it off with a fun faux fur for softness and texture. This great pillow trio gives this holiday living space a lot of style, surface and significance.
Pillows on beds or on a large beautiful sofa sectional should not be tossed on the floor when they are not being displayed. Throw pillows should be put in decorative baskets or storage bins with lids. You can set a chest behind a couch to store pillows inside, Or place them in a large basket for easy access. When you are changing your pillows out for specific holiday or event, store them in plastic containers or bags so they stay protected from dust and dirt. Remember that your throw pillows are an investment that is made to last many years.
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