Pillows can be addictive. Even when you have more than enough, a beautiful pattern or texture in a trending color can make you want to start all over again.
Before you get sucked into a pillow-buying frenzy, here are a few guidelines that might make it easier for you to set some pillow collection boundaries.
1 - Find your inspiration.
Before you buy, make sure you have a clear idea of what your palette is. Typically, you will develop your palette by pulling accent colors from an area rug or artwork. Try to choose 3 and use a ratio of 60/30/10 when introducing those colors around the room. Your pillows should either match or be in the same color family as one of those accent colors. Neutral toned pillows can also be a nice addition, if that's your palette or if you want to break up the color continuity.
2 - What's your vibe?
If you love an eclectic look, vary your pillows by size, color, texture and shape. Casually toss them about to achieve a boho or wabi sabi look that's so prominent in the trendiest designer Insta feeds.
If your look is a little more put-together and carefully curated, you will want a more symmetrical look. For a standard size sofa, try a pair of 22" matching pillows and a pair of 20" matching pillows. Finish them off with a small lumbar or round pillow in another color to put the cherry on top.
3 - Think in 3's
3 is my favorite design number and I have a whole slew of "rules of 3" that apply to all kinds of design elements. When it comes to pillows, the easiest rule of thumb is a solid, a pattern and a texture. This combination should give you the perfect mix of visual interest and cohesiveness without being too busy.
Don't forget to add a throw to maximize the cozy factor!
Have fun pillow-ing and thanks for popping by!
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