17 Great Tips to Arrange Pillows Like a Designer

Throw pillows or, accent pillows are a quick and easy way to spice up your rooms with your personality and charm. Fluff them, pile them or toss them, pillows have the power to transform the look and feel for any room. No matter your décor throw pillows lets you bring out your personality.

We receive a lot of questions about how to choose the right pillows for a room. For example

  • How do I choose throw pillows for a sofa?
  • How do I coordinate throw pillows?
  • What is the right throw pillow combination?
  • How do I arrange pillows on a couch?
  • How do I arrange pillows on a sectional?
  • How many throw pillows do I need?

So take a look at some of these ideas below to get started. I hope this will answer some of your questions, and helps you find just the right pillows for you.

17 Great Tips to Arrange Pillows Like a Designer

Pillows are like jewels for your furniture. Think about how you would accessorize any outfit. If you like to wear bold colors then an accent scarf of black or grey works. If neutral colors are your style then colorful jewelry or bold accent colors might be the right touch. So, do the same for your sofa. Try bold colors in a neutral room. Or if you home style is bright colors try black or white pillows to accent your colors.

Pillows on sofa and loveseat should match or relate in some way

Pillows on sofa and loveseat should match or relate in some way
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Address the Entire Room

Your sofa and adjacent love seat or armchairs are a visual gathering and not lone strangers. Think of your room’s pillows as a family. The pillow on a chair doesn’t have to match the group on the sofa, but should relate in some way—color or style. This will make your décor feel unified and polished.

Reflect your unique style with throw pillow combinations

Reflect your unique style with throw pillow combinations
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It’s All About You

Your home should be a reflection of you. So try to find unique pillows to speak to your style. Don’t be afraid to use a hamburger pillow as your star performer. Or, think about handmade pillows to highlight your décor. Or if you like matchy-matchy  is OK too.

Find the right size pillows for your couch

Find the right size pillows for your couch
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Size Matters

Standard squares (about 20 inches) nest neatly on sofas with typical dimensions. Oversize pillows (22 – 24 inches) create a more casual, lounge feel. If you have a modern sofa with a very low back, consider 18 inches.

Select a matching pillow pair either 22 or 20 inches square to position on the far right and far left. As you make your way to the center of the sofa or love seat, the pillows should get smaller. To make it visually pleasing and comfortable, place your largest pillows in the far corners, and your smaller pillow on the inside.

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Pillow colors can match the room or be a bold statement

Pillow colors can match the room or be a bold statement
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Choose Your Colors

Select one consistent color palette and stick with it. You will get the most impact if all of your pillows are either in the same color or complimentary colors or shades. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect color scheme.

Choose pillow patterns you adore

Choose pillow patterns you adore
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Love the Pattern

Find a pattern you adore. This can be the starting point for other fabrics you choose. Chances are your love pattern says something about your personality and the colors will make you feel great.

Coordinate throw pillows with bold colors

Coordinate throw pillows with bold colors
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Bold Solids

If your room already has a lot of patterns, like a patterned sofa, dramatic curtains, or a vibrant rug, take your pillow fabrics down a notch. Or if you really like color but don’t want to use a vibrant hue on large pieces (like your sofa or club chairs) just use solid pillows in very vibrant hues.

Mix and match throw pillow sets with color and textures

Mix and match throw pillow sets with color and textures
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Touch and Feel

If a one-color palette speaks to you more than vibrant colors and busy patterns, then look to an assortment of pillow textures. Think of mixing cotton, fleece, faux fur, leather, velvet, linen, chenille, and other materials.

Mix and match throw pillow sets to match or complement your sofa

Mix and match throw pillow sets to match or complement your sofa
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Mix and Match

Begin your pillow collection by picking colors to match your sofa or complement it. For example; if your sofa is mostly blue. Look for pillow patterns which offers a hint of similar blue. Or, to complement it find your color on a color wheel and look opposite the color or next to the color.

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Pillow Recipe

Need an easy formula for mixing pillows? Gaze at your room’s color scheme and choose the color you like most for an accent. Then combine patterns in this color using these ingredients – 1 solid and 1 botanical and 1 graphical = a fool proof pillow mixture

Mix and match pillows on a sofa with color families

Mix and match pillows on a sofa with color families
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Color Families

Look at your room’s main accessories for pillow color motivation. Choose a color from a rug or drapes and bring it to the sofa with pillows. The color inspires you need not be dominant, just a strand of color between accessories can offer a sophisticated look.

 

Pillow combinations for couch - either formal or casual

Pillow combinations for couch – either formal or casual
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Formal or Casual

Ponder if you like a formal or casual look for your room. A mix of shapes and sizes creates a relaxed look – but a series of pillows all the same size, shape or pattern creates a nice tempo.

Choose throw pillows for a sofa with a center focus

Choose throw pillows for a sofa with a center focus
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Center Focus

Give your throw pillow combination a zing by including a different shape. Include smaller rectangular pillows made from a different fabric but coordinates with your color scheme.

Pillow Arrangements

It’s in the numbers
Discovering how many pillows to use can be tricky. Here are some ideas to consider. But, easy does it, make sure to leave enough room for lounging.

How many pillows on a chair how about 1

How many pillows on a chair? How about one
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One throw pillow

One throw pillow on a chair is great; but, can feel lonely on a sofa.

How many pillows on a sofa how about 2

How many pillows on a sofa? How about two
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Two throw pillows

Two throw pillows, one a little larger – in the same corner. A large square with a smaller rectangle or square is a great choice.

How many pillows on a sofa how about 3

How many pillows on a sofa? How about three
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Three throw pillows

Three throw pillows – Place pillows across the sofa or two squares in one corner. Then tuck the third in the opposite corner.

How many pillows on a sofa how about 4

How many pillows on a sofa? How about four
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Four throw pillows

Four throw pillows – Put a pillow in each corner matching in shape, then pair each side with a smaller square, round or rectangular pillow. Switching shapes and scale keeps the look interesting and moving.

How many pillows on a sofa? How about 5

How many pillows on a sofa? How about 5
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Five throw pillows

Five throw pillows – Use two pairs of squares and a smaller rectangular pillow. Try placing the smaller rectangular pillow on one side

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In Conclusion;

Choosing throw pillows or accent pillows for your couch is quick, easy and fun

There are lots of choices so finding the right throw pillow combination for your personal style is exciting. With any luck these ideas and strategies will help you reach the look you desire for your home. Have any questions about throw pillows? Ask in the comments below or send us a picture, we would be happy to help.

Go make your home beautiful. Get started now

P.S. Think about coordinating pillows and table runners for a coordinated look for your home decor.

 

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2 Responses to “17 Great Tips to Arrange Pillows Like a Designer”

  1. Amy

    Hi! I need help choosing throw pillows for my couch. It is a medium gray leather couch. I prefer light colors, maybe one of them white? I like simplicity and balance. I was considering light gray and white striped. I have 2 cobalt blue oversized chairs. You’re thoughts would be appreciated! I wish I could send you a picture of my livingroom

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    • Debra Wiggins

      Hi;

      It seems like you are headed in the right direction. Your color selection sounds lovely. Think about adding the cobalt blue color of the oversized chairs to your pillow mix. You might also consider adding texture. For example, a furry white or a metallic gray. I would love to see a picture. Please feel free to send a picture to DebraWiggins@SupremeAccents.com.

      Regards
      Deb

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