5 Do's and Don'ts for Styling Pillows | Common Thread Co.

5 Do's and Don'ts for Styling Pillows | Common Thread Co.

It's time for some pillow talk. 

Throw pillows are a great way to add style and comfort to any room. Think of them like earrings for an outfit - you can go bold and bedazzled, simple and elegant, fun and flirty - but they still need to complement the rest of the look. Like accessories, pillows can add a ton of personality to your space but cohesion is key. Throw pillows are the best and most affordable way to change the look of your space - whether seasonally or just because you're craving a different vibe - but styling them can be tricky. Here are some do's and don'ts to help you create the perfect pillow combination.

1. DO mix and match colors and patterns

Mixing and matching colors and patterns can add interest and depth to your room. Start by selecting a color scheme that you love and add pillows in different shades of that color. Then, add in a few patterned pillows in complementary colors. Be sure to choose patterns that are different in scale to create a visually pleasing contrast. Tonic Living is one of my favourite places to shop for pillows because of the huge variety of patterns and fabrics. 

2. DO consider the size and scale of your furniture

When selecting throw pillows, consider the size and scale of your furniture. For example, a large sofa may need larger pillows to anchor it, with smaller ones to fill it out, while an armchair may only need one small pillow. A king size bed may need 3 euro throw pillows and a large lumbar, while a queen may need 4 20x20s. Don't be afraid to experiment. Play around with different combinations until you find the one that works for you. 

3. DO play with textures

Texture can add depth and interest to your room. Layer different fabrics and materials like velvet, linen, or wool, especially when using pillows in the same colour family. Be sure to also consider the texture of your furniture and other décor elements to ensure that everything complements each other. Too much of one thing can cause the space to look flat. 

4. DON'T overcrowd your furniture

While it can be tempting to add lots of pillows to your furniture, too many can create a cluttered look. Be sure to leave enough space for people to sit comfortably and move around. As a general rule, stick to two to four pillows per piece of furniture, depending on the size and scale.

5. DON'T forget to think about the function of your room

When selecting throw pillows, be sure to consider the function of your room. If you have young children or pets, you may want to select pillows that are easy to clean or made of durable materials. Tavares Designs is another local favourite because they use really durable fabrics and are masters of upholstery.

 BONUS most popular pillow styling combinations for your bedroom!

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