Decorating with Throw Pillows

A living room with a mix of pillows in different patterns and colors. Shown with shades from All About Blinds Etc Inc in O Fallon.

Liven up your space

Throw pillows can give even the most gorgeous furnishings an extra finished look. (Not to mention lounge appeal!)

While many pieces of furniture already come with a matching set of throw pillows, you may still want to consider swapping out a few or all of them to create your own personal statement.

But with so many colors, patterns and sizes to choose from, how do you know where to begin?

A living room couch with pillows in different shapes.
Add a small rectangular pillow for visual interest.

How to Create a modern look

First of all, keep in mind is that your pillows don’t have to match – you’ll actually pull off a more stylish, modern look if they don’t. But to ensure your pillows coordinate well together, here are a few tips for creating a perfectly mismatched look:

– Choose an odd number of pillows (three to five for a sofa or one for a chair). The asymmetry will make your pillows look like they were naturally tossed there.

– You don’t have to stick to square pillows. A small rectangular one in the center or odd-shaped ones on the outside can add visual interest.

A living room in neutral colors, spiced up with a yellow sofa and bright pillows.
Mix and match pillow patterns for a stylish, modern look.

add a splash of color

More tips for selecting throw pillows:
– Mix and match patterns – combine a larger pattern with solid, subtler designs.
– Contrast different textures (for instance, linen or faux fur against a leather couch).
– Pick complementary colors that work well together. Think about colors you can pull from your walls, an area rug or a piece of artwork.

The fun thing about throw pillows is that you can always change them up to give the room a whole new feel. And whatever pillows you go with, the true test of a great look is how much you like it when you enter the room.

A living room couch with pillows in different shades of blue and a mix of materials.
Another option: Mix and match pillow textures.

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