8 Easy Tips for Styling your Throw Pillows

8 Easy Tips for Styling your Throw Pillows

  • Mix textures and patterns. When choosing throw pillows, make sure to select different textures and patterns to create the kind of interest and depth you'd find in a painting. That's what we're doing when we're decorating  and creating a master showpiece. A good rule: pick two different prints in the same colour family to anchor your pillow selections. Choosing accent pillows with varied textures will elevate your sofa to a luxurious level. Combine textures like fur or leather with velvet and linen. In general, no matter the furniture piece, odd numbers are best. Start from the outside and work your way in.
  • Don't match the sofa. A white sofa with white pillows is just too much (unless you know you're breaking the rules and it looks amazing anyway). If you love throw pillows as much as I do, just switch them out with the seasons to enjoy them all, just not all at once.
  • Do complement the room. Use throw pillows as a way to pull a room together by picking up colours used elsewhere. Rugs, chairs or decorations.
  • Leave room for living. Take it from Coco Chanel, who famously said to take one thing off before leaving the house: Take one pillow off your sofa. It will both avoid over perfection and leave enough room for people to sit without throwing your prized pillows onto the floor. 
  • Soften modern spaces. Use the softness and cushiness of pillows to round the hard edges of modern and contemporary styles. Think outdoor spaces, exposed-brick lofts and new houses with concrete floors. Throws on furniture in such spaces invites people to come in and enjoy that modern look you love so much.
  •  Use bolsters or breakfast cushions for chairs. In general, bolsters will help keep side chairs and wingbacks from looking lonely. But as opposed to full-on throws, they actually allow people to still sit on the chairs.
  • On beds, less is more. Two pillows, two sham pillows and one or two accent pillows should be the maximum number of pillows you allow yourself for your bed. The shams and the accents keep it comfy and cozy, and they can easily be arranged for daytime reading or resting. Don't overdo it — the simplicity of the bed is what makes it. 
  • To Chop or Not to Chop. Make this a personal decision. Personally I like to karate chop the tops of my lounge cushions but prefer bedroom cushions un-chopped. There are way too many opinions on this to even have a right or wrong answer.