Choosing sleeping pillows is a matter of checking the material and softness to find something that you can sleep on, and afford, but choosing pillows for your living room is an altogether different matter. Throw pillows are most often decorative and studies have shown that the ones you pick can show a lot about your personality. If you want to show off your fashion taste, you have to choose the right pillows.
Do Pillows Have to Match?
One of the most common misconceptions people have about pillows is that they have to match. While this might be true if you’re going for a 1950s look, it’s not necessarily true of contemporary design fashion. Modern homes layer colours, patterns, prints and styles to create a mesh of styles that should, if you have chosen correctly, all work together. So, while you don’t have to match pillow size you do have to match the style and tone of the pillow. For example, you can pair striped pillows and solid pillows, zebra print and leopard print, squares and circles, birds and flowers, or any of a full range of patterns and prints that work together.
Because a print is largely a matter of personal preference, choosing the colour is the most important aspect of picking out your pillows. You can go for something that will go with anything, choose a colour that matches another colour in the room, or choose a colour that clashes or stands out from your couch and chairs. Safe colours include brown, beige, and white, but these colours can also be boring if they have no prints. Many people choose contrasting colours that go well together, such as blue and white, or red and black, to create a pattern around the room.
Patterns may or may not be your thing, but for the most part, pillows with patterns are a lot more stylish and interesting. Many people choose to for simple shapes and shades but many more choose embroidered pillows with anything from animals to cute sayings that will make their room a little homier. For example, pairing a blue checked pillow with a white and beige striped pillow creates colour and texture contrast for a slightly contemporary look, while pairing embroidered pillows with a bird theme brings the room together in a decidedly warm way. Specific patterns are up to the buyer, but it is important to keep in mind that they should go together and they should match everything else in the room. Remember that unique pillows, like the ones on ThrowMeAPillow.com, will do a lot more justice for your space than something you can pick up in any bargain bin.
Picking a Size
Most pillows are 12 to 18 inches square but there are plenty of other shapes and sizes available. Pillows are most commonly square but are also available in rectangles, triangles, rounds and cylindrical, and you can choose any of them. You can choose to match pillows by shape, or create a contrasting layout with triangular or round next to square.
Most of the time choosing a material for throw pillows is all about texture. You most likely want a great deal of different textures so consider mixing and matching to get different looks. Linen, cotton, silk, and even canvas are all popular materials used on pillows and you can layer with them all. The stuffing is also an important factor because it affects the softness and the price of the pillow. Down feathers are the softest but also the most expensive, while synthetic fills are the most affordable, although the least plush.
How Many Pillows?
Most of the time you can get away with putting 1 to 5 pillows on a single couch, but try to aim for the lower number. If you don’t have room to sit, then your pillows are in the way. Consider adding 2 or 3 pillows for a modern and contemporary home, or 3 to 4 for a more traditional one. Large shapes and mismatching patterns work for both styles, but just remember that the idea is to accent with pillows rather than to overwhelm.
Decorating With Your Pillows
Finally, the main purpose of throw pillows is decorative, so you have to make sure that the ones you purchase go well with the style of your home. Consider the colour of the couch, the walls, and even the floor as well as any paintings or decorations that you have up. The pillows can tie into anything to bring the room together, but it is up to you to find exactly what they should be. For most, the best goal is to use the pillows to add balance to the room. For example, black pillows in a very bright room, or red pillows in a room that needs a pop of colour. For the best results, consider how you plan on decorating your living room, and go with that.
About the author:
George Torres is an interior decorator with years of experience. Choosing the pillows is his favorite part of decorating.
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