Are your rooms aching for change but you’re not sure how to do it on a limited budget? Then look no further than throw pillows for an instant makeover. Whether it’s a modern, traditional or eclectic look you’re after, throw pillows are one of the easiest and most affordable ways to give your living room the change you deserve. Here are some tips for picking the right throw pillows for your rooms. If it’s a modern look you’re after, you’ll want to stick with and odd number of pillows. Place three to five big pillows on your couch or bed for a clean look instead of a jumble of smaller ones which can seem too overwhelming. Choose square pillows 18 to 24 inches across. This size is ideal for showcasing a solid color or the fabric’s pattern. Oblong pillows are a good way to spice things up a bit and they’re less expected. For rooms decorated in the modern style smooth, tightly woven fabrics like cotton and linen with large geometric prints can give a room just the extra punch it needs to pull it together. When it comes to choosing the right color, take inspiration from the piece of art that’s in the room.
For a traditional look, placing two or four large pillows on either side of your bed or sofa will create a sense of symmetry and order. Choose square pillows measuring 20 to 22 inches and pair them with smaller square or circle pillows for eye-pleasing proportions. For a classic setting you need classic fabrics like velvet and silk. But to keep the room lively it helps to use a variety of textures, patterns and colors. Paisleys, florals and plaids can be commingled without looking fussy as long as you pair a busy patterned pillow with one whose pattern is simple. For example, pairing a plaid pillow with a large floral with two or three of the same colors works well or try a print pillow with a coordinated solid. And don’t forget the trim. Larger pillows are enhanced with bigger trims like tassel fringe while braids and cords look best on small pillows.
An eclectic look in your rooms is achieved by placing three to five pillows on a sofa or bed in such a way that they look like they just happen to be there. You could create a casual atmosphere by putting two pillows in a corner with a third at the opposite end of the sofa. Pick pillows that are similarly sized, large pillows that are 18 to 24 inches across. When it comes to choosing fabric for your pillows you could have five pillows that all match or five pillows in different fabrics as long as they all have at least one color in common. Simple trims work best in eclectic rooms. Box pillows edged in braid are an attractive pillow to have in an eclectic grouping.
In an eclectic room the “pillowscape” you’re going for is a matched pair of square solids to contrast with the color of your sofa or bed’s comforter or duvet. You can take an oblong pillow for the center of the couch or bed surrounding it with two interested pillows that are uniquely patterned or embellished that reference the same color in your upholstery or other solid pillows. And don’t forget the importance of texture. Nubby linen pillows against a leather sofa or chair add warmth to the room.
When picking the right throw pillows for your rooms make sure you address the whole room, thinking of your pillows as a family. The pillow you place on a chair doesn’t have to be an exact match to the pillows you’ve placed on the sofa as long as the pillows relate to each other in some way – same palette or same style. When your throw pillows relate to each other the space will feel polished and unified.