Decorating with Throw Pillows

A living room with a mix of pillows in different patterns and colors. Shown with shades from C.D. Michaels, Inc. in Bedford Heights.

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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