30 July 2010

how-to arrange & pick out throw pillows

HOW-TO ARRANGE & PICK OUT THROW PILLOWS

• Browse etsy shops, decorating stores and fabric shops to find or make pretty pillows. (The pillows featured are my friends’ and they come from Target, Etsy, Home Goods and a couple are custom made).

• Start with one patterned pillow that you love.  The pillow can be floral or geometric but find a great pattern. To find coordinating pillows examine the colors that are in your pattern. What other colors do you want to pull from that pillow. Find more pillows using the colors that you choose.


• Get pillows in varying sizes


• Mix big and small patterns and busy and simple patterns. If you have one pillow with a large pattern put it next to pillows with a smaller or less busy pattern so they don’t compete with each other.


• Arrange your pillows in each corner of the sofa leaving room to sit in the middle. This creates a smaller chance that your pillows will always end up on the floor.


• This is very important: Make sure your pillows are down-filled. This will make your pillows look happier and spunkier as they sit on your sofa.


• If you would like, give your pillow a nice karate chop in the middle.

Viola! 


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15 comments:

Heather said...

karate chop, lol :)

Brian and Kendra said...

I loved this post! I just bought some fabric last night to make pillows for my couch but was having a hard time deciding what to do size wise and how to arrange them! Thanks tons!!!

ificould said...

Thanks for the tips!!

ag. said...

These are great tips! My husband sees no value in throw pillows while I LOVE them so I'll have to pass on these tips to make his life a little easier when we go out looking for them. Thanks!

Heather @ Alis Grave Nil said...

I feel like I'm not brave enough when it comes to mixing patters--I overthink it. I like how these look, though. I also feel like throw pillows could easily be an additction for me if I start looking at them in stores! Here's to hoping I can control my spending if this is something I start paying attention to. :)

Hannah said...

oh my goodness. i love that yellow floral pillow. I think I need to make one like it to go with my new curtains.

Carla Cavellucci Landi said...

I love pillows, but my main question is how to use textures when the couch is already textured (I mean: chenille fabric) I'd love to add more interest to my living room (without the matchy matchy solution)

Julie said...

I have those same HomeGoods floral chocolate pillows - they're great and look so expensive!

Those Magic Slippers Will Take You Home said...

OMG! i LOVE that white pillow with the yellow balls on it! or yellow dots on it! That is right up my Ally! i always look forward to your blogs! I LOVED this one!

Miranda said...

Okay. I'm inspired. I'm finally starting up that throw pillow collection.

Whitney said...

I'm a huge pillow fan and usually find great ones at Target. I'm curious, though, where is that couch from?

Kirsten Krason said...

The sofa is blue and is beautiful. It's from Down to Earth In Utah.

Caroline said...

Wonderful! Thank you so much!
Caroline
Vanilla Bean & Ers

holtkamp said...

this post couldn't have come at a better time, we just moved into a new place! thanks!

Tristin @ Two Girls Being Crafty said...

I included this post on a roundup of my fav throw pillow tutorials. It seemed appropriate to seek advice on how to actually choose and arrange the pillows, too!
If you're interested in checking out the post, here's the link:
http://twogirlsbeingcrafty.blogspot.com/2011/02/linky-love-pillow-fight.html

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