Pillow Talk: Interior Design Tips for Styling Your Space with Pillows
Pillows cushion any space in more ways than one.
Throw pillows can bring together a room's color palette and design scheme, providing balance, elegance and visual interest to your home decor. Throw pillows can soften the look of a heavy leather sofa or add a punch of color to a wingback chair. Changing or alternating throw pillows can be an inexpensive and simple way to continually update the look and feel of your space. Either purchase new accent pillows or cover existing ones with new covers, and “presto” you have a whole new look! then toss them anywhere, from your sofa to your home office.
Bring it all together, with color.
What's Inside Matters
Stack and Style: Start With Your Bedroom
If you like things sleek and simple, this back-to-basics arrangement will appeal to your streamlined ways. Simply stack up your sleeping pillows, and lean pillows in shams against the stacks. You could also swap out the shams for smaller decorative square or round pillows.
Rather than stacking them, this slightly more formal display involves resting your pillows against the headboard (one sleeping pillow in a case in the back, one decorative pillow in a sham in the front), then finishing the look with a prettily patterned boudoir pillow or two. You could also work in a cylindrical bolster pillow if the mood strikes.
In this plush arrangement, we enter the glam world of European squares, a particularly good choice for fancying up beds without headboards. If you have a queen bed, prop a pair against the wall (use three across in a king bed), rest your shams against those slightly offsetting them so the corners of the squares peek through, and then complete the thought with a pair of decorative pillows in the front.
This, the most major of our pillow formations, is primed for a king bed. Start with three European squares lined up in a row against the back, place your shams in front of those (three across if they’re standard size; two if they’re kings), and then bring in a pop of pattern with your decorative pillows.