Today we’re tackling questions on “how to mix and match throw pillows!”
How to Mix and Match Throw Pillows
Accessorizing with throw pillows is such an easy way to update your living room, family room, bedroom, or almost any area in your home.
It’s my favorite little upgrade when I ‘m looking to add an instant “pop.”
Basically, this is what I consider to be the ultimate zhush!
Here are some simple (and affordable) tips and tricks to mix and match throw pillows that will make you look like a pro!
Choose a color scheme.
I love a good color scheme! So much so, I snapped the image above on my last trip to Serena and Lily.
It’s such a great example of how to use a color scheme with your throw pillows. Coordinating like colors but not overdoing it.
Color sets the tone for your design scheme and should always be the first step.
Choose a color palette that speaks to you and coordinates with the rest of your room.
If you’ve been dying to have a pop of red in the pillows, but that color doesn’t show up in the space, bring that color into the room as an accent.
However, don’t overthink it!
It could be as simple as a pop of red in fresh flowers or a work of art.
Mix it up!
These days, you don’t have to have matching pillows. In fact, it looks chicer and more professional if you don’t!
What you can do is match the color of the throw pillows to the walls and couch, for example, but use a different color pattern.
Varying textures in the throw pillow fabrics—rather than a variety of colors— also introduces a lot of visual interest while keeping a cohesive look.
Play with different materials like faux fur, velvet, linen, metallic, and macramé.
If you keep your color and pattern consistent, you can get creative with touch and feel.
A woven detail like a tassel or fringe can also make things interesting.
The rule of three.
Choose Three Colors
Once you’ve chosen a color concept, pick three distinct colors from different parts of the room like the wall, rug, bedding or curtains.
If you select a variety of pillows in various patterns, the look will still be cohesive if they share the same colors.
Choose Three Patterns
You can also mix and match three distinct patterns, as long as each design incorporates at least one of the colors in your scheme.
Patterns generally fall into two categories: organic and geometric.
Organic patterns include florals, botanicals, and abstracts, while geometric patterns include checks, stripes, and other modern shapes.
It’s often simpler to choose your base pattern first, which is generally the largest pattern and the one that contains all three colors.
Then, the secondary patterns can include just one or two of the colors.
As an example, you can try mixing a striped pillow along with a geometric and a solid.
Combining a floral pillow, along with a striped and a solid, is also a classic combination.
Pillow mixing is a wonderfully inexpensive way to change the look of any room.
Remember, there really isn’t a single magic formula to mix and match throw pillows.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to find something that you love.
And don’t be afraid to experiment!
With a little trial and error, you’ll ultimately be able to find just the right patterns, colors, and shapes that reflect your unique personality.
Finally, here’s a few great throw pillow tips and tricks I’ve picked up over the years…
Pillow covers are a GREAT way to refresh a room.
This Etsy seller has the most beautiful selection and will even help you choose what’s best for your situation.
I also love the selection at Serena and Lily so much! Plus they’re having a pillow sale right now….
Just remember this very handy tip when ordering pillow covers (which, by the way- I wish I knew years ago!):
If you’re using a poly – fill pillow insert it should be about one inch larger than your pillow cover.
If you’re using a feather down pillow insert (my personal preference) it should be about two inches larger than the pillow cover.
Lastly, when in doubt with which throw pillow size to go for, a 20″ x 20″ size pillow is almost always going to look great.
Hope you found all these throw pillow tips helpful.
And last but not least….have you joined The Zhush email list and gotten your free design cheat sheet?
PS: I couldn’t resist adding some of my personal favorite throw pillows here. Just in case your on the hunt for a few new ones…
Scroll through below to see my picks.
Throw Pillow Favorites:
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