Style at Home: Pillow talk -- What do yours say?
The other day I posted on Instagram about my love of pillows (I can’t have enough!) and the debate with my husband who could honestly do without (gasp!). The response was fantastic. It seems there is a big divide between the pillow lovers and minimalist bed makers.
However, regardless of how many pillows you use, they need to serve a purpose. Decorative or functional, you can use pillows in many ways. Whether in the bedroom or a living space, throw pillows can take a room from stark to stylishly comfortable. Just as the last step in getting ready for an evening out is a fantastic piece of jewelry, the finishing touch in adding texture, color and personality to a room are often the pillows.
They are also a fantastic way to carry a fabric or pattern theme throughout your home. Trying to find your perfect mix of pillows can be a daunting task with all the available options. A good rule of thumb is to start with groups of three and add as needed to find your perfect balance. Here are some things to look for when choosing the perfect throw pillows.
Selecting fabrics that have a wide range of complementary textures adds visual interest and warmth to any room by offering a layered appeal that can be cozy and comfortable or tailored and refined. Mix nubby fabrics with linens for an organic aesthetic. Pair crushed velvets with dupioni silk for a luxe look.
Adding a pop of a new hue to a stale room can instantly change the feel of your home. Choose your color based on personal preference and desired outcome. Use deep jewel tones for richness, bright accents for a sunny and whimsical approach and a mix of neutrals for a soft, comfortable vibe. Once you find a palette you like, stay with it while mixing in textures and patterns to keep your space from becoming too busy.
I love a good pattern! Don’t be afraid to add in some patterns and shapes to the mix. Throw pillows are a great way to show off your personality in a room. From floral to plaid and everything in between using patterns is a conversation starter and a great way to tie in the rest of the decor in your room. Toss in a new shape and play around with different sizes to keep it interesting.
At the end of the day, there are no set rules to how many pillows or variances you should have. If you only like one pillow, that’s great! You can still make that one pillow count and add something special to your space. The best part is throw pillows are easy to switch out with the seasons and as your design tastes change. Most importantly, this is a place to have fun and let your personality shine through in your living areas.
Adapted from nellhills.com. Katie Laughridge is the owner of Kansas City interior design destination Nell Hill’s. For more information, contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org.