How to Choose and Style Decorative Pillows

The so-called throw pillows add a touch of coziness and luxury to any space. Implementing decorative pillows in your home is also a way to make your home aesthetically pleasing in your own way. However, choosing and styling throw pillows is not an easy task, as there’s a wide variety to choose from. Luckily, there are specific guidelines to help you make your bedroom cozier or any other living space in your home, for that instance. This article shares some of the interior designers’ best tips to help you find, mix, and match your throw pillows.

How to select decorative pillows for your home

embroidered decorative pillows
Add decorative embroidered pillows to any couch or arm chair for a luxurious touch

If you’re about to start living in your brand-new home, you must be excited to get everything in and decorate it, preferably on a budget. Luckily, there are simple ways to add style without breaking your bank account.

So, if you find yourself in this situation, let’s start from the beginning. Selecting the right throw pillows for your decor of preference is the place to start.

Pillow size

The size of your pillows matters drastically. Therefore, you should:

  1. Firstly, choose the base size,
  2. Then add complementary sizes to mix and match.

To succeed in doing so, you will need to know your sofa or bed measures. This is mainly due to the goal we want to accomplish here, which is to compliment the sofa with throw pillows and not overtake it. However, if you choose cushions that are too small, they might look out of place.

Therefore, starting with a 20-inch decorative pillow would be good if you have a regular-sized sofa. Or, if your sofa has a low back, you should opt for 16 or 18-inch throw pillows to properly complement your sofa.

Number of pillows you need

embroidered pillows on couch
Embroidered pillows make a statement in any room of your home

Every interior designer agrees that an odd number is a winner in the case of throw pillows. So, for instance, if you own a loveseat, three pillows would look great on it. On the other hand, if you have a standard 6-foot sofa, adding 5 or 7 pillows is the magic number of decorative pillows.

However, there’s an exception to this rule regarding contemporary living rooms. If this is the style of your living room, then an even number of pillows would be the best option to go for, as it creates symmetry.

What are the right colors?

boxwood topiary embroidered pillow
The color scheme of your room is the one that dictates the selection of your decorative pillows.

It’s important to let your living room or bedroom color scheme guide the choosing of your throw pillows. First, you should choose a color that will be an anchor and then look for throw cushions in that shade.

If you’re aiming for a more minimalist look, you could go for throw pillows in a solid color. Or, if an eclectic look is your preference, you can go for different patterns that use your anchor color.

Finally, you could go for two more shades to achieve a look that goes well together. For example, if you want to design a calm kids’ bedroom or a living room, you should go for shades similar to one another. On the contrary, you can choose pillows in contrasting colors for a high impact.

How to style decorative pillows in your home?

honey bees embroidered boudoir pillow cover
The beautiful Honey Bees is a great accent for any season in your home.

Now that you’ve chosen the perfect pillows for your new home and have the decor you want in mind, it’s time to take action.

Print mix & match

There’s an array of different embroideries from Jacaranda Living to choose from. It’s very fun to mix and match different embroidery designs in your home and blend it with embroidered tissue box covers and fingertip towels. The key when selecting designs is to make sure they work well with your wall decor and wallpaper. And make sure they share a dominant color.

So, for instance, if you have embroidered botanical pillows, you can choose embroideries in the same theme as botanical. By doing so, you will achieve a cohesive look even if your prints are different.

pretty botanical pillows
make a statement with pretty botanical embroidered pillows

Style coordination

An additional way to style your living room with throw cushions is to have it match your room’s current decor and vibe.

Grouping of decorative pillows

Finally, creating groups of throw pillows is a good way of decorating your room. For example, two different-sized pillows will look fabulous in the corner of a sofa or a love seat. If you have three cushions, one should stand alone in one corner, while the other two are together in the other corner.

However, the magical number for decorating with throw pillows is number five, as it gives you the most freedom to decorate. The most common way is to have two groups of two cushions in the corners and one that stands alone in the middle.

The takeaway from choosing and styling decorative pillows

Decorative pillows are fun to style and make your rooms feel much cozier and even more luxurious. Ultimately, it all depends on the overall style you’re aiming for.

The Benefits of Sleeping in Cotton

The benefits of sleeping in cotton are endless but one thing for sure is we pride ourselves of producing quality cotton gifts at Jacaranda Living.

The phrase “sleeping like a baby” exists for a reason. Dosing off and waking up after a good eight hours’ sleep is now considered a luxury, thanks to the busy lifestyle we all lead. A glass of warm milk, a boring movie, ambient music, the sounds of rain, or complete darkness is not always enough to have a good night’s rest. Even though people are always looking for crafty ways to get themselves to sleep, one thing often gets overlooked. The quality of your bed sheets plays a crucial role in the quality of your sleep. With that in mind, let’s see what the benefits of sleeping in cotton are and why you should choose it as the material for your bedding.

Cotton is a Breathable Fabric

The number one reason everyone likes to sleep in cotton bedding is that the fabric is light and breathable. It is pure, natural material. People often wake up at night covered in sweat, which happens if you are sleeping in the wrong type of material. Cotton solves this problem. Moreover, for the same reason, it’s a perfect choice for bedding during summer.

Cotton linen is the best choice for your family.

However, cotton should also be your choice during winter. Since people usually crank up the heating once the snow falls, the temperature in the apartment or a house goes up overnight.

Cotton is Easy to Clean and Maintain

I have a really cute tissue box cover made of white cotton. I have been using it for a long time now, and every time I get it out of the washing machine, it looks pure and white, just like the first day.

White cotton tissue box covers are easy to clean and maintain. Just stick them in the wash with other whites and they come out just as new!

This is an excellent example of how easy it is to clean cotton. We sleep in cotton sheets, but a tissue box often gets from one hand to another, and it is so easy to get it dirty. Knowing that I can throw it in a washing machine without worrying about anything makes me really happy about using cotton for bedsheets as well.

Despite Being Light, Cotton is Very Durable

You might think that cotton will easily rip since it is so light. However, that’s not the case, especially when you consider the price. Natural cotton linen usually costs more than any other material for bedsheets, but it’s a great investment in the long run. It can last twice as any other bedding, so it will actually save you a few bucks. Also, considering how versatile the fabric is, it is not strange that people often choose to buy 100% cotton products as gifts for their loved ones, even if it costs them a little more.

It’s Soft and Cuddly

Now that we have covered all the more “technical” benefits of sleeping in cotton, let’s focus on the most exciting advantage; cotton is soft and cuddly! If you are looking for something snuggly for your little ones, there is no better choice for bedsheets and pillows.

Furthermore, cotton is a fantastic material for decorative pillows. We all know how easy it is to fall asleep in front of the TV, especially if you have the inviting cotton pillows to lean on. And knowing that washing cotton pillowcases is a piece of cake, they can easily be both decorative and useful.

Cotton Fabric is a Solution for People with Allergies

Since it is naturally hypoallergenic, cotton linen is the go-to solution for people with allergies. If you have sensitive skin and you cannot sleep because you are itchy all over your body, buying cotton bedding will make your problems go away as if they never existed.

Since it’s a natural fabric, the use of cotton reduces the chances of skin irritation to minimum. And if you have allergies, our embroidered cotton tissue box covers are a pretty way to cover your tissues! 🙂

You Will Sleep Better

Considering all the benefits of cotton linen, you will sleep better. It keeps you warm during winter and cools your down in summer. It is light, durable, and soft, making it comfortable and, therefore, an ideal option for sleeping. This fabric is also a must for your sleeping garments – cotton pajamas, nightgowns, bathrobes, etc. And not just for sleeping, many people prefer clothes made of cotton because they are comfortable, pleasant to wear, and easy to maintain.

With cotton bedding and sleepwear, there is no need to worry whether you will have a good night’s rest or not.

Different Uses of Cotton Fabric

While we are on the subject of cotton’s usefulness, let’s talk about the different ways to use cotton and get the most out of it.

It can protect your belongings from dust and dirt

If you are placing some of your belongings in a self-storage unit, the number one issue is dust. The longer they stay inside, the more dust forms on the surface. Unless you plan to clean the storage every few days, getting cotton covers and placing them over your things is a smart idea. Simply speaking, you get all the benefits and avoid problems with self-storage units. Well, at least some of the problems you can easily solve with cotton covers.

Are you painting your house? No problem.

By following the same example as before, you can use cotton covers to protect beds and other furniture while painting the ceiling or walls in your home. Since they are so easy to clean, you don’t have to worry about paint spilling anywhere.

The Benefits of Sleeping in Cotton Explained!

You should try a lot of materials before you find the right choice for your bedding. However, consider the benefits of sleeping in cotton mentioned above before you purchase anything else. We have a lot of solutions for you at Jacaranda Living. We’re all about cotton! Have fun picking out gifts this year for your loved ones, and remember the benefits of sleeping in cotton. Once you go cotton, you never go back!

How to Use Throw Pillows to Spruce Up Your Home for Fall

Throw pillows are great decor items for fall that can help spruce up any room that has a couch, chair or bed. They are easy to store, are affordable and don’t take up too much room. When you are decorating your bedroom, living room, family den or guest room, you have to take into account all the different colors and patterns you’re working with so they complement each other. The wallpaper, rug color and texture, and lampshades need to work with the size, embroidery pattern and color of your throw pillow.

The great thing about throw pillows is that you can switch them out at any point in time. Jacaranda Living offer an array of embroidered pillow covers that work with any season. If you love using throw pillows to bring out the festivities of the month, you must choose your embroidery carefully. For instance, in the fall season, you might be choosing between an orange pumpkin embroidered pillow or burgundy leaf design. Before deciding, look for something that’s similar in color to a piece of furniture in the room or for something that might be different but adds stylistic contrast. Be careful of too many patterns, however, because that can be too busy and look messy.

perfect bedroom for fall
You can do a lot with white and beige bedding because there is room for accent pillows!

Throw pillows are an easy way to add a bit of festive flair to your bedroom but if you don’t want to change up your bedroom look too much, stick with a classic beige and white bed set and then add other festive decor around the room.  See our other options here. Try adding seasonal embroidered tissue box covers, cozy slippers, waffle weave guest towels, and table napkins.

Layer in warm wood tones, well-placed chic ceramic pumpkins, and cozy blankets. Fall foliage also creates a cozy fall vibe that works with any room, especially when adding decor items such as pillows to bring out the harvest season.

Have fun sprucing up your home with these designs. Come back for more ideas in the holiday season.