Who doesn’t love a great throw pillow mix? The little accessories have the power to complete a room and add sophistication and coziness (not mutually exclusive!) to bedrooms and living rooms of all styles. But choose the wrong throw pillows and your put-together room looks sloppy and haphazard.
Before you pick up that gorgeous throw pillow that you fell in love with, consider these tips to master the mix.
The pillow filling is important. You don’t need to go with high-end goose down (especially if you plan on sitting on them!), but don’t choose the cheapest, lowest-quality fill – it will get lumpy and shapeless)
First, consider the pillow size your furniture can handle. For standard couches and chairs, the best size is generally in the 16″ to 18″ range; oversized (24″+) pillows are lounge-worthy and cozy in larger rooms and sofas, but will overwhelm most typical pieces of furniture.
Most decor aficionados prefer pillows in odd numbers – one, three, even five on larger pieces of furniture. But you may like symmetry better, so go with whatever feels right to you. If you do decide to choose symmetry, be sure that they’re actually symmetrical – two identical pairs on either side of the couch, for example.
(Like this, though the pattern mix is epic.)
This is the tough part. Your pillows should pick up on the colors of the room, but some neutrality works well too, especially in heavily patterned pieces. If you’ll be choosing pillows for more than one piece of furniture in the same room, ensure that they coordinate – they don’t need to be the same, but pretend that they’ll be next to each other when you choose them to make sure that the whole room is unified and polished.