Decorating With Pillows
Want an instant makeover? No need to redo the entire living room. Just add a decorative pillow (or three).
Check out these decorating ideas from designers who share their tips on arranging throw pillows.
Play with Colour
"Pillows are one of the easiest and quickest ways to experiment with colour.
The turquoise and plum are an atypical combination, but they unexpectedly complement each other.
They're a great contrast with the neutral background, and they break up the sea of beige."
-Sheila Bridges (Lara Robby/Studio D)
"There is nothing more beautiful than creams and whites. But when all the shades are similar, you need a mix of textures to keep it visually interesting.
This is a luxurious, soft feeling. You want to sink into the pillows, or throw a few at someone."
-Barbara Westbrook (Lara Robby/Studio D )
Put Together a Pairing
"To keep a look clean, I like to work in pairs, with patterned pillows in front and solids as the backdrop. That deep plum brings the sofa to life in a bold way, and the feathers add a note of bohemian whimsy.
This combo will dress up any sofa."
-Sara Gilbane(Lara Robby/Studio D)
Tell a Narrative
"I had pillows custom-made with photos of my dogs, Coco and Lulu: It's like having them cuddled next to me all the time. Different patterns and textures, and an asymmetrical arrangement, keep the eye moving.
The black and white holds it all together and gives a pop to the dogs."
-Stephen Shubel (Lara Robby/Studio D)
Add Different Shapes
"Round pillows are unusual and kick things up a notch. I love the contrast between the organic and the graphic - round and rectangular, feathers and tartan. The shapes are a nice change from all the squares in the world! I nestled them so it looks like they're snuggling."
-Alessandra Branca (Lara Robby/Studio D)
Credit: House Beautiful
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