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How to Style Decorative Pillows in Your Home

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Posted on March 13 2018

How to Arrange Decorative Pillows

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How you arrange your decorative pillows can make a huge difference in their appearance. Here are the best ways to style them in your home.

Decorative pillows are the easiest way to give any room in your home an instant makeover.

For example, a few solid pillows can help balance out a room with many patterns. Black and white pillows, on the other hand, can accentuate a modern design.

But an aesthetically pleasing pillow arrangement can also take the look of your room to the next level. Plus, it's fun to change things up every once in a while.

Let's take a quick look at some tips for arranging throw pillows!

Place Smaller Pillows on the Inside

Typically, your biggest decorative pillows should be on the outside. The pillow in the middle of your sofa should be the smallest of the bunch. This arrangement is not only visually appealing, but it also provides the most comfort.

In some cases, however, you may be able to pull off asymmetrical balance. One way you can accomplish this is by placing a large pillow on one side and two smaller pillows on the other. One of the smaller pillows should match the large pillow's pattern, while the other should match its color.

Mix Three Patterns

When you want to stick to one color, choose three fabrics to balance everything out. You can also do the same when using analogous colors.

Place a bold one-colored 20x20 pillow in each corner of your sofa. These tend to establish the tone for the rest of the arrangement.

In the middle, put one 16x16 floral pillow. Then place lighter geometric pillows on each side.

This type of arrangement looks particularly stunning if you have a brightly colored couch or sofa.

Pair Striped Pillows with Bold Ones

Some people prefer the sleek and simple look.

If this is what you're aiming for, start by grabbing three bold solid pillows. Two of them should be large, and one should be small.

You'll also need two medium-sized striped pillows. For these, select a color that is present somewhere else in the room.

Place the smallest pillow in the middle of the sofa. Position the two large, bold pillows in the corners.

Regardless of the color of your sofa, this is one of the most elegant arrangements you'll run across.

Try Something Different

Sometimes it's best to go with an arrangement that's completely out of the ordinary.

For example, place two similar geometric pillows in each corner. When adding the second layer, put a small geometric pillow on the right side. But for the fourth pillow, choose a color and pattern that's unlike the rest.

You could also try five completely different floral prints, as these rarely conflict with each other.

Final Thoughts on Arranging Decorative Pillows

The tips outlined above will help you get the most out of your toss pillows. That said, there are plenty of ways you can play around with the styling and arrangement of your decorative accessories.

When you're styling a large couch or bed, it's a good idea to go with five pillows. Three pillows work best on smaller sofas.

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