The Ultimate Guide to Choosing and Styling Your Cushion Throw Pillows

One sure way to make your living room or bedroom stylish is to accessorise with throw pillows.

With many styles, colours, and shapes of throw pillows, you should explore the number of throw pillows in the market, and not only the ones you bought with your couch.

Before we go in, the first thing to note is that your pillows don’t necessarily have to match your furniture. Mixing colours and patterns can creates a stylish look for your home.

Let’s go into more tips to help you choose the best cushion throw pillows to make your room beautiful, coordinated, and stylish.

How to match your cushion throw pillows

When looking to match your throw pillows, you need to match patterns, styles, and colours to create a beautiful room with your throw pillows.

Here are three major rules you should consider to make the process simpler.

  1. Make a colour story with three colours

The best way to create a colour story for your throw pillow selection is to choose three separate colours from different sources in the room. These may include your curtains, rugs, or wall colours. That way, even if you get your throw pillows in several patterns, the look will still blend because they have a colour in common. The shared colour will help them match and also fit with your furniture and the colours in your room. The color story of three colors also will help you to choose easily a rug for every room.

You can also choose a colour story based on your preferences. Also a color psychology can help you to make your home feel good.

  1. Mix three patterns

After choosing colours, you can match three distinct patterns together, provided each print has colour in your colour story. Begin by selecting a lead pattern, which will contain all the colours in your story. The other two secondary designs can have one or two colours from the story.

For example, you can match one floral, one geometric, and one solid colour for three cushion throw pillows. You can also opt for a buffalo check, one toile, and a ticking stripe.

Another option is one chevron pattern, one dotted, and one knit texture.

  1. Select three pattern sizes

While selecting patterns, it is crucial to scale your patterns so that they don’t compete. For instance, one design should dominate. The lead pattern will be the biggest, and then the other print should be medium-sized, while the third one is small and subtle. The third pattern could be a dotted swiss or a damask stripe.

While sizing patterns, mix textures as well. Contrast fuzzy and soft, rough and smooth, and maintain your pattern theme while matching texture.

Though it may seem like a small aspect of the design process, throw pillows play a critical role in the outcome. It’s the best way to transform a house into a home. The right throw pillow will pack a lot of punch and bring out the subtle design details in any living area, hallway bench, or bedroom.

Here we will share additional three tips for choosing and arranging throw pillows.

Cushion Throw Pillows
  1. Pillow Size is Crucial

When selecting throw pillows, size is a crucial factor. Too big a pillow will overwhelm your couch or chair. It’s important to remember when choosing pillows that they shouldn’t be the focus of the piece. The wrong throw pillow will make your furniture look like an afterthought.

Since we all have different height chairs and couches, how big should a throw pillow be? Work your way down from your largest pillow size to your smallest pillow size. As a rule of thumb, I start with a basic 22-inch (or, depending on the piece, 24 inch) pillow. Additionally, you will need a 16 x 16 or 18 x 18 inch pillow, plus an accent pillow for your lumbar area.

Also, remember that pillow covers are always available. Then, if you want a certain look, consider making or buying your own pillow covers.

  1. Determine How Many Pillows Are Needed

Most of you may be familiar with the rule that decorating should always involve odd numbers such as threes or fives. The same decorating rule applies to pillows, especially if you want a more contemporary or eclectic look.

Style this decorating rule when you have a large sofa (longer than 3 metres) to consider! Rather than using odd numbers of pillows, use even numbers: six, with three throw pillows at each couch end.

This odd/even pillow rule is only applicable to large sectional sofas. Style your sectional with five to seven pillows. The throw pillows should be grouped in sets of two or three at either end and one in the middle. To put it another way, never just put two pillows on the couch (no matter how big they are). If you want an eclectic or modern look to your throw pillow arrangement, arrange your pillows in odd numbers.

  1. Mix Pillow Patterns and Textures

Mixing patterns when picking out throw pillows is okay. Don’t hold back! Put your ikat throw pillow next to your damask throw pillow, but remember to mix up your pillow textures. Don’t worry if all of your pillows are the same fabric texture; it’s fine to mix in a shag-covered pillow or a leather pillow. A faux fur pillow looks great against more traditional tweeds. Mix and match patterns, textures, and fabrics you like.

Initially, pattern mixing can seem intimidating, so take a look online for inspiration boards and examples you like.

You should start by picking a solid colour pillow before mixing up patterns and textures in your throw pillows. We believe that throw pillow groupings should be solid colours.

Make your own rules

Well, you have the rules for mixing and matching your cushion throw pillows for the best and most aesthetically pleasing design. You can use our three-rule pattern guide while experimenting with different pattern sizes, styles, and colours. You can follow the formula and make your matches, but you can also choose two or even four colours and patterns, depending on what you want. Keep experimenting until you create a stylish combination that blends perfectly into your room. In the end, it is about you loving the result.

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Gloria Naydenova

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