Before You Buy Throw Pillows Consider These Factors

Throw pillows are the perfect decorative accessory. They add color, pattern, texture, and comfort to just about any space.  They’re also very powerful – they have the ability to change the look and feel of a room instantly. But whenever you’re decorating with throw pillows there are a few important things to remember.



One of the most important things to think about is color. A pillow should compliment your sofa or chair (or bed, or bench, etc.) by either blending in or standing out.  So look for something that’s either similar in color to your piece of furniture, or something that is completely different and adds contrast.



Throw pillows are a terrific way to experiment with pattern. Don’t be afraid to try something wild or bold. Since it’s a small area you don’t need to worry about it overtaking the space. The other option is to choose a pillow that’s the same color as your piece of furniture but has a subtle pattern. It’s a simple way to add a little visual interest.

Just remember when choosing patterned pillows not to over do it. Patterns should enhance the colors and fabrics and add some interest, but too many patterns can be busy and messy-looking. You just want a little visual punch.



Texture is very important, particularly in monochromatic rooms. When there aren’t many colors in a room it’s easy for it to look flat and bland. This can be avoided with use of textures. Think about creating depth by combining textures like cable knit, chenille, faux fur, suede, linen, etc.



Make sure your throw pillows compliment the style of your room. A modern room will look strange if it’s full of pillows with tassels and embellishments. A simple room needs simple pillows, while a more decorative room can handle decorative pillows. Again, the idea is to compliment the space. Also, try to minimize the number of embellishments on a pillow. While beads and sequins can be fun, remember that a pillow’s main purpose is to provide comfort. You don’t want anything that will snag on clothing or scratch your face if you snuggle up to it.



Pillows are meant t be decorative and add comfort, but don’t overdo it! One of the biggest mistakes people make with accent pillows is to use too many. If you’re not sure how many is too many, here’s a good rule of thumb – if you have to move them out of the way in order to sit down it’s too many.



Always use pillows that fit properly on furniture. A tiny pillow does not look good on a large chair or oversize sofa. Nor does a large pillow fit on a tiny side chair. Large furniture needs large pillows. Small furniture needs small pillows. It's as simple as that.



When decorating with accent pillows don’t forget to consider the season. In the warm weather light fabrics like linen, canvas and cotton work well, while in the cold weather suede, faux fur and wool are ideal. Changing your pillows with the seasons will give your room an instant uplift.


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