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4 Simple Rules for Decorating Your Home with Throw Pillows

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Decorating with Throw Pillows

Looking to spruce up your living space and add some character?

Throw pillows are the perfect way to bring a unique atmosphere to any room with minimal effort! In this blog post, you'll learn 4 simple rules to help you utilize throw pillows to decorate your home.


Whether your taste leans towards the eclectic, the traditional, the modern, or the fun and funky, throw pillows are a great way to add personality to your living space. From incorporating color and texture to showing off your individual style, decorative pillows are a simple but powerful way to express yourself.


Choose an Anchor Color

When choosing throw pillows for your space, it is important to know the color palette of your room. To create a cohesive look, you will need to consider what you already have in your room such as your artwork, sofa or bedding, and rug. Then choose one dominant color that will anchor or bring together all of the colors in your space. I like to use one solid color pillow and incorporate or blend that color into the other pillows to create a coordinated look.

Anchor Color Pillow
Choose Anchor Color

Mix and Match Patterns and Textures

Mix and Max Patterns and Textures

While choosing an anchor color is important, it is equally as important to add an element of texture and pattern to your throw pillow design. You can mix and match pillows that are soft and smooth, fuzzy and rough, with fringe, embroidery, or beadwork, faux fur or velvet, linens, and knits, floral or striped - the options are endless! Combine your solid pillow with one or two pillows with texture or a pattern for a more interesting look in your living room, bedroom, or entryway.


"I believe that a home should look like the person who inhabits it, not a catalogue, not what you think others would like - but really, truly like you." – Emily Henderson

Use a Variety of Shapes and Sizes

When choosing your throw pillows, choose pillows of varying shapes and sizes. Whether you are placing throw pillows on your sofa or your bed, styling with different sizes and shapes will add visual interest to your room. Consider the size of your sofa or bed - you don't want to take up all of your sitting space with throw pillows or use too many pillows for your bed size. Remember the rule of 3's - group pillows of varying shapes, sizes, textures, and colors in groups of 3!

Variety of Shapes and Sizes

Varying Shapes and Sizes

Experiment with Neutral or Bold Colors

Choosing the right colors will be key to getting the effect you want. Bold colors can offer a pop of character and draw attention to specific pieces of furniture or decorations in your home. If you’d prefer a more subtle approach, opt for lighter and more muted colors to complement the existing décor of your home.

Experiment with Bold Colors

On a personal note, I have never been one to choose bold colors - I guess I prefer a monochromatic color palette. After moving into our home in 2020, I realized that I needed some guidance on creating a cohesive look between our living room and sunroom and enlisted the help of a local mom-and-daughter home design team to create a beautiful space that I just could not envision. Y'all - they knocked it out of the park! I came home from my school nurse job to a living room and

sunroom space better than I could have imagined...with a bold pop of color. So, be willing to step out of your comfort zone and create a space that you will love as much as I love mine!


More Tips on How to Decorate with Throw Pillows...

  • Consider the aesthetic of your room - Choose throw pillows that complement your space and add visual interest and dimension to your room.

  • Consider the season - Choose throw pillows based on the season of the year. Use heavier fabrics and textures in fall and winter followed by florals and pastels in spring and summer.

  • Consider the number of pillows - Choose what works best for your home and your space. If you prefer symmetry and balance, use an even number of pillows on your bed or sofa. If a modern or contemporary style is best for you, choose an odd number of pillows (three or five) based on your space.

The power of a good pillow design should never be underestimated!

Throw pillows are the perfect way to add texture and character to any room. Whether your style is classic and understated or bold and daring, you can find the perfect way to decorate your home that fits your personality. Follow the 4 simple rules outlined in this post and you can confidently use throw pillows to spruce up your space.


Happy decorating with throw pillows! Leave a comment below and let me know how it goes.

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