Seasonal, Spring

Spruce up your home for spring with new throw pillows

Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.

If you’re looking for a quick, easy way to refresh your home for spring, all it takes is finding the perfect combination of throw pillows. Decorating with throw pillows is a relatively low-risk, inexpensive way to make a bold personal statement of style in your home. A fresh new color or pattern in your living room or bedroom will give your home that seasonal pick-me-up everyone’s looking for right now.

Today I’ll be sharing a few styling tricks and formulas I rely on to curate a beautiful collection of throw pillows, but don’t be afraid to experiment to find the combo that best reflects your style.

Color Scheme

For those starting their throw pillow collection from scratch, the first thing to do is settle on an anchor color. An anchor color complements the room it’s in, meaning it can either be a neutral or a hue that’s related to the most dominant color in the room. One of my favorite ways to choose this accent color is to draw from the colors of the art on the wall. Without choosing a central anchor color to work with, the pillows will look random and the room will feel mismatched.

Pattern Play

Add dimension to your assembly of pillows with a dose of pattern play. For a traditional look, layer a solid pillow with a strongly patterned pillow that has at least one overlapping color. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Try mixing two kinds of prints or patterns in your pillow arrangement. There are several ways of doing this and no right or wrong answers.

For beginners, combine one strong, large-scale pattern with one discreet, small-scale pattern. In this situation, the small-scale pattern looks almost like a solid from far away. An even bolder experiment is to layer completely opposite patterns, such as geometric with toile, or even layer multiple floral patterns for an eclectic, English countryside style.

Mix Textures

If you prefer your pillows to come in solid colors, then you’ll want to mix in some texture for extra dimension on your bed or couch. Depending on the room you’re decorating and the kind of traffic the pillows will be expected to withstand, consider statement fabrics such as faux fur, velvet, linen, damask and even silk.

If a large pillow in a simple cotton or linen needs an extra bit of pizazz, consider embellishing it with an eye-catching trim. Fun tassels around the circumference might be too overwhelming to put on a patterned pillow, but on a large, single-color pillow, it becomes an exciting accent.

All Shapes and Sizes

If you’re playing with patterns, prints and colors, it’s important to keep the size and shape of your pillows relatively similar to maintain some visual consistency. On the other hand, if you have several pillows all in the same color and size, odds are it probably looks a bit flat. In addition to mixing a variety of textures, experiment with pillows in different shapes and sizes. A blue and white striped bolster pillow might be just what an all-white, square pillow arrangement needs!

Do you have a pillow lineup on your couch or bed that you’re especially proud of? Tell us your color scheme or arrangement formula in the comments below!


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