5 tips on decorating with throw pillows

Everyone wants to revamp their space and give it a new lease of life but painting the walls a different color or reupholstering furniture may not always be an option. The easiest and most affordable way to give your room an instant makeover is to add a set of decorative throw pillows. Here are some guidelines to ensure that you get that designer look without having to pay one!

1. Pick out the colours of your throws


The easiest way to buy new cushions is to take a wallet-sized colour chart/ fan deck (you can get one at any paint supply store) and find the colours that match the furniture already in the space. This will give you an easy reference for determining if that pillow will look great in your space when you’re out shopping!

2. Choose the correct size for your throws

The size of throw pillows should primarily be determined by the size of your sofa or chair. The average size, which is between “16-18 by 16-18″, will work for a larger sofa. Smaller pillows will work well on a bed or on a smaller chair.

3. Determine the number of throws needed

The rule of thumb for most designers is to always go for an odd number of pillows. However, there’s nothing wrong with a symmetrical look, if you prefer it. Just choose two identical pairs, preferably one solid and one patterned pillow on each side. A more important consideration is how many will be suitable for the size of your sofa. There is such a thing as too many throw pillows, and if you have to move them to sit comfortably, you’ve probably got an excess!

4. Bring in pattern

Patterned pillows are a great way to add depth so do not be afraid to mix patterns. Just make sure most of them have at least one color in common.When you’re mixing different pillows, vary the scale of the patterns so that each can stand out on its own. If one pillow has a small intricate print, make sure the other has a large pattern or none at all. Pillows with text also make a room seem more homely and fun.

5. Choose a variety of shapes

Throw pillows are no longer restricted in shape to just square or rectangular, we now find round pillows, bolstered/sausage pillows, basically any shape can now be customized! Varied shapes of throw pillows do create visual interest, but even more important to consider is the functionality of the pillows. Square pillows provide full back support, whereas rectangular shaped pillows provide back or neck support only. It is, therefore, important to put this into consideration when choosing the shape of your pillows.

Now that you know the basics of decorating with throw pillows, go ahead and revamp your space in the new year! 



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