HOW TO // MIX & MATCH PILLOWS LIKE A PRO
A Styling Guide to choosing the right pillows for your space!
Having the perfect pillow mix on your sofa can be the piece de resistance for your living room and will have all of your friends in a tizzy about this new styling skill of yours. It can be hard to nail on your first go round, so I have created a few tips to help you along the way! Don’t be afraid to experiment and get a little funky with your choices, after all this is your space and it should reflect your personality!
Pillow Styling Tip #1:
Refine Your Color Palette
Choose a color palette that coordinates with the rest of your room. If you are dying to have a pop of fuchsia in the pillows but that color doesn’t show up anywhere else in the space, you need to bring that element into the room as an accent. It could be as simple as a pop of fuchsia in fresh flowers or a streak of color through a piece of art.
Pillow Styling Tip #2:
Bring In Texture
Texture can often be overlooked but I think it is very important to have a variety of fabric types within a room to give the space more depth. This is especially important if you have a mostly neutral color palette as it would be very boring to have the same flat fabrics throughout. Try mixing velvet, linen, metallic, macrame, fringe or woven pillows on your sofa. Even if they are all the same color you would be adding quite a bit of interest with the different textures.
Pillow Styling Tip #3:
Patterns fall into two general categories: Organic and Geometric. Organic patterns include florals, botanicals and abstract movements while geometric patterns include checks, stripes, greek keys, and modern shapes. Ideally you would use at least one organic and geometric pattern in each pillow grouping as they help balance each other out. A floral and a stripe are a classic combination!
Pillow Styling Tip #4:
Mix Up Scale
Diversify your patterns by mixing large, medium and small scale prints together. This helps keep the eye moving through the grouping and creates a balanced effect. If you place four large scale prints on top of one another there is no visual breathing room and your eye gets a bit overwhelmed by all of the pattern.
Pillow Styling Tip #5:
This might be the easiest tip yet! Simply have throw pillows of different shapes and sizes on your sofa. Even if you just have square pillows, vary them between 20” and 16” for a nice layered look. I usually shoot for two square pillows on one side of the sofa and two square pillows with a lumbar on the other side. Play around with the arrangement and see how many pillows you need and work from there.