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.