Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Decorating With... Pillows

Let's try this again, shall we?

Today I'm going to talk about decorating with pillows, and then hopefully I'll take my own advice because my living room is in dire need of some new ones.

Pillows are like a room's accessories, which means there are endless possibilities and topics I could cover in this post -- enough for a book, really. Is there a book on decorating with throw pillows? You know there's enough information out there to fill one. Are you traditional? Well then, place your pillows this way. Or maybe your style is eclectic... here's a pillow template for you to use.

Bah. Bah, I say! That stuff just ends up stressing me out and my mind starts going a million miles per hour while I wonder if I'm inadvertently being too contemporary or something crazy like that.

My big piece of advice for pillows? Do whatever makes you happy -- there is no wrong way to use throw pillows on a couch or a bed, but I'm offering up a few basic rules to keep it from getting too crazy.

Rules like...

1. Size
 Bigger tends to be better for the most part. I like the majority of pillows to be around 18-20 inches square, accented with smaller ones. I feel that too many smaller pillows can end up looking jumbled and confused. 

2. Texture
Make it interesting (and yes, this means tossing the pillows that came with your couch). Pull in different textures -- walk on the wild side and use crazy fabrics like velvet, or pull in a pillow with a felted flower detail. You daredevil!

3. Color & Pattern
Make sure the colors you use work in the space. Be creative, just not random. After that, it's entirely up to you. Two colors, twelve colors... if you can work it, work it. Rules shmules.

Are you craving information about styles and pillow placement ideas, not just my "you go girl!" pep talk? Check out this great article at Real Simple. 

1 comment:

  1. LOVE pillows! And I love how you can just change them up to make a mini-room-makeover...


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