Using Throw Pillows in Your Design

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Pillows are an important accent in the total room design. Properly placing pillows on a chair, sofa or bed can complete the look of a specific room and make the space more inviting and comfortable. Here are a few tips that will help in decorating your space with pillows.

How many pillows should you use? Balance is very important, you want to make sure you don't have too many pillows or too little of pillows. As a general rule, an odd number of pillows makes for the most natural, inviting arrangement: three for smaller sofas, and five for larger ones. On a chair, I think only one pillow is best. I have seen vignettes where more are used, but I think this makes the chair look unusable. Now a bed is a completely different story. The more pillows used in a bedroom, the more luxurious the room feels. A full bed or larger should have at least, two sleeping pillows, two shams, and an accent pillow. To make the bed feel more luxurious try adding two euro shams (large square pillows) two accent pillows and a breakfast pillow.


How to choose which pillows to use? The first step in choosing pillows to make sure the color and pattern coordinate with the color scheme of the room. Start by selecting a solid color accent pillow 18 to 22-inch square. You can now layer pillows that have a design or pattern on top. Using pillows of different shapes and sizes will give a more layered look. The materials of the pillows you chose will also have an impact on the design of the space. Cotton or Linen fabric will look more casual and velvet and silk will look more luxurious.


How to place the pillows. This is also something you can have fun with. On a sofa, I prefer symmetry with two pillows on one side and two on the other. In a bedroom, I place the sleeping pillows flat on the bed. The two regular shams are placed up against the sleeping pillows and the accent pillow centered on the bunch. If you are using euro shams, those go at the very back, followed by the sleeping pillows resting on the euro shams.

Throw pillows are a great way to add color to and dimension to a room. Just by changing them out you can get a completely different look and feel of any room.