Keeping up with the near-constant changes in interior decor can be time consuming and expensive. If your home is looking a little dated, don’t feel like you need to splurge on window dressings or a new sofa. Often, all it takes to make a room feel fresh is some smart accessorizing. Throw pillows are some of the least expensive decor items and can add a luxurious feel to a living space that suggests much more money was spent. Read on for our tips on how to use throw pillows in your home or apartment!
Don’t Be Afraid to Stack Pillows Face Up
One of the most common ways you’ll see cushions arranged is vertically against a couch back or the headboard of a bed. To add an unexpected element, consider stacking throw pillows face up. If you lean extras against the stacks vertically, you’ll be achieving one of the primary rules of decor, which is variety. On a lounge or hard-bottomed chair, stacks of throw pillows can add comfort as well as style, and they add softness to benches or window seats. When it comes to couches, try to cluster stacks in the corners or on either end, as cushions tend to look lost when placed in the middle of large furniture. Whatever you choose, it can be helpful to remember there’s not one right way to use throw pillows in your home!
Incorporate Variety with Different Shapes and Patterns
One of the funnest aspects of playing around with throw pillows is mixing and matching patterns. We recommend having at least one solid colour to keep things from getting too busy, and matching patterns of different sizes. Patterns that are too similar will compete for attention, but differentiating by size will ensure harmony. Another way to add interest is with the size and shape of your pillows. Use a rectangular or lumbar pillow as your centrepiece and stack square cushions around it. Layer larger cushions across your couch back and nestle smaller ones in front for a relaxed, yet stylish, look. Having variety stops the display from appearing too stiff and invites family and guests to get comfortable. Keep diversity in mind when grouping throw pillows and you can’t go wrong!
Or Go Monochrome but Use Different Textures
If bright patterns and colours scare you, don’t worry! You can choose to keep a relatively muted palette across the board but differentiate with texture and shine. If your space is mostly beige, an option is to keep the calming tones in your throw pillows but go for frilled, ruched, and sequined materials. The sameness across the colour scheme will only attract the eye to all the different textures you have incorporated. If you are someone who finds matching a challenge, this is a great option to make sure there’s no clashing. Keeping a muted colour palette while playing with texture in your throw pillows can be a bold and unexpected decorating choice.
We hope our tips have de-mystified how to use throw pillows in your home! These inexpensive accessories are a great way to spruce up a room on a budget and make your couch or bed a little more comfortable. Remember to check out the Medallion blog for more great decorating ideas!