How To Mix and Match Throw Pillows

A sofa without throw pillows is like a blank canvas to an artist! Mixing and matching the right combination of throw pillows will create a designer look and can truly transform a space. Throw pillows serve a variety of purposes. They can be used to accentuate a seating unit or upholstered piece of furniture and can  serve as an anchor for the entire decor in a room. Pillows are also used to provide comfort!  There is nothing like snuggling up on a sofa with the perfectly overstuffed throw pillow. People often ask me how to mix and match pillows, so I thought I would share a few tips.

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Choosing throw pillows may seem easy, but it is actually an art!  The right combination of throw pillows on your sofa, bed or chair is everything. With so many choices available,  it can be tempting to just buy some pillows and be done with it, but there are actually some good rules to follow when selecting out your throw pillows. Choosing the perfect pillow combination can be a daunting task. The possibilities are endless – size, shape, material, etc., but don’t worry!  Mixing and matching fabrics can actually be fun.

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I like to choose a combination of colors for my throw pillows; three is a good number to start with.  Then, I select patterns. My go-to’s are usually a stripe, a textured/solid and a pattern.  But sometimes, I will switch it up! If you choose a bold print for one of your patterns, start with that pillow first and go from there.

In a living room, I usually choose five different fabrics for pillows. Typically, 3-4 throw pillows for the sofas and 1-2 throw pillows for the chairs.
It is great to vary the sizes of the pillows on a sofa.  I layer them, with 18″ to 24″ squares. It is nice to include a lumbar pillow, too.  The lumbar size will add some variety, and they add comfort as well – always a bonus!

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I find that choosing pillows is very personal. I like to match the personality of the room with the personality of the pillows.

Interior Design by Krista Watterworth Alterman, Photo by Jessica Glynn

Mixing up your throw pillow patterns can give your room a more fun and unique look. You can make the most of your space and show off your personality by choosing a series of pillows that match but have nothing in common.

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Finally, make sure to use a down or down alternative insert, so cozy! If you are buying inserts and pillow covers separately, make sure the insert is at least 2″X 2″ larger than the size of the cover.

Interior Design by Krista Watterworth Alterman, Photo by Eve Greendale

 

 

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