10 Pillow Arrangements our Stylists Want you to Know About

Having a solid set of pillow arrangements in your styling arsenal can help you transform a room, creating atmosphere, coziness, and that feet-up-and-flop feel – while also being designer-smart. But how to style pillows to get that chic, luxe yet lived-in look? 

Answer: with our pillow styling rules. They can guide you to create comfort with a high-end aesthetic. Pillows are an easy way to give a space a mini makeover and can be easily changed to match the seasons or your shifting tastes, too.

A good place to start is to remember not to be too matchy-matchy; work with different shades or complementary colors, and different shapes and sizes for a cohesive look that has dimension.

We have a host of experts on-hand to talk us through how to style your pillow arrangements to perfection – below.

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1. MIX UP PILLOW SIZES

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While every house is different, there are a few basic places to start,’ says Lauren Meichtry of Elsie Home. ‘For your bed or sofa, choose two or three sizes. Create some height by using larger pillows in the back (24 x 24 or 22 x 22), then size down from there.

‘I love mixing and matching with different-sized pillows. It creates dimension and interest on an otherwise blank canvas. Pair small, medium, and large pillows together – a combination of 22 x 22s, 20 x 20s, and a lumbar is a great place to start.

Kirsten Krason, the co-founder of House of Jade Interiors, agrees, saying: ‘Make sure you are using varying sizes so each pillow can stand out on its own with the bigger pillows in the back.’

And Joanna Ross, General Manager of Design at Sheridan, also believes ‘choosing cushions of various sizes creates height and drama’. Does fancy a boutique hotel look? Choose all-white but use solids, patterns, and different textures as well as different sizes. Joanna says: ‘Bringing in different sized pillows also gives an extra dimension to your bed

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(Image credit: Future / Chris Everard / Alyce Taylor)

‘To dress the bed, start (at the back) with a European, large square pillow – generally use two European pillows for symmetry, but for larger beds, we recommend three, giving your bed a more plump and luxurious look.

European pillows add height and are also perfect for extra comfort if you like to sit up in bed to read or sip tea. It also brings dimension and layers to your bed.’

As experts in the field of sitting down, we thoughtfully crafted our Floor Pillows to be overstuffed, plush, and firm. These cushions never lose their shape, and the high-quality print makes sure the design stays crisp and colorful.

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2. USE SOLIDS AS WELL AS PRINTS

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I generally suggest people start with one or two prints they absolutely love and then layer in neutrals and colors that complement the others,’ says Lauren. 

I recommend a good mix of neutral prints and solids so you can add in bold prints and colors as the seasons change. This way you won’t have to swap out every pillow on your couch or bed. You can even choose to buy your seasonal pillows as covers only and then swap out the insert from the one you’d be storing for the season anyway. You’re storing and wasting less.’

Kirsten Krason says: ‘It’s important to mix in some solids to break up all of your patterned pillows. Either having an actual solid to break up the pattern or use a textured pillow that gives the effect of a small pattern.’

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Filled with a fluffy faux down insert, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style. Available in four sizes and all measurements are made without pillow insert.

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3. BE AWARE OF THE SCALE OF YOUR PATTERNS

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The key to mixing patterns is by the scale,’ says Kirsten Krason. ‘A bold pattern paired with a simple pattern will not compete against each other, instead, they will complement each other.’

And Lauren Meichtry agrees: ‘When choosing patterns, it’s easiest on the eyes if you pair small scale prints with large scale prints so each pillow has a chance to shine.’

Our blackout window curtains are a denser alternative to your standard window curtain, blocking out most light and proudly featuring your favorite designs. Whether you live in a busy apartment or a peaceful neighborhood, it’s always nice to have the option to shut out the sun and relax inside by the candlelight. Available in either single or double panel options.

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4. DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE LOVELINESS OF A LUMBAR

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If you want to keep it simple, adding a lumbar to larger back pillows, whether on your bed or sofa, is an easy way to create visual interest and dimension. 

Kirsten says: ‘Sometimes simple is better. One long lumbar on a sofa can be just as impactful as a pillow arrangement with multiple pillows.’

And Brianne Bishop of Brianne Bishop Design, says: ‘Your bed does not need 100 fussy pillows to deal with every day. For decoration, we simply use one long lumbar accent.’

Use a striped lumbar pillow to add interest to a sectional sofa or bed – or choose a beautiful print to add texture and interest.

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5. THINK IN THREES

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Three is often the magic number when it comes to styling. And Brianne Bishop says this golden rule can be applied to create chic pillow styling, too. She says: ‘Think in threes! We like to start with three big, solid, and grounding pillows, two decorative accents layered, and then potentially a small fun one with either tassels or fur or something unexpected.’

On the bed, two square layer pillows and a rectangular one at the front adds interest.

Our outdoor floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for the boho side of us all. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water-resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.

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6. DO THE PILLOW KARATE CHOP

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‘Yes, karate chop your pillow to get that perfect look,’ says Brianne Bishop. A little indent in the top middle space creates a refined finish.

You went for the duvet… you fancy, huh? Now it’s time to finish the job and dress it up with some premium design. Our natural fiber cotton duvet covers feature your favorite artist’s design on the front. The lightweight cotton offers a more breathable option to keep you cool in the summer and toasty in the winter. Plus, just like your favorite pair of jeans, our cotton bedding gets softer after each wash! Available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, and King sizes. Duvet inserts not included.

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7. ADD A TAILORED TRIM

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Don’t forget trim as an opportunity to make the pillow unique, says Brianne Bishop, explaining that ‘contrasting welts add definition and a tailored look to any pillow‘.

It’s also a good way to add cohesion to a color scheme, as seen in the above room where the black bobble trim picks out the greys and blacks elsewhere in the room.

They’re made from a woven, polyester chenille for a soft and textured look. Plus, choosing from our wide array of designs, you’re sure to find just the rug to match your decor. Available in two sizes.

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8. UTILIZE ACCENT COLORS

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Pick a primary color to play off of if you don’t know where to start,‘ says Kirsten Krason. ‘You can play off that color with other options that are complementary and keep the majority of your pillows in that same color.’

Our customers tell us ALL the time how soft and warm our Throw Blankets are (the secret: Sherpa fleece). Even better, they get softer the more you wash them. They’re a perfect addition to any living room couch. Featuring a crisp, vivid design on the front with a reverse white side.

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9. CHOOSE DIFFERENT COLORS

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To avoid repetition, try not to use pillow groupings that are the same shade. Choose different but complementary colors for a cohesive look that’s still vibrant and interesting.

Even in a neutral colors scheme you can use different earthy, organic tones.

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Filled with a fluffy faux down insert, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style. Available in four sizes and all measurements are made without pillow insert.

<< More Throw Pillow Styles >>

10. STAY NEUTRAL IF IT’S IN YOUR COMFORT ZONE

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If mixing lots of color and pattern feels overwhelming, don’t worry, a neutral scheme can be calming and elegant. Kirsten Krason, of Jade House Interiors, says: ‘Stay neutral if you are nervous. An entirely neutral pillow palette can be hard to achieve but can also be beautiful if you can’t commit to colors. If you are doing a neutral arrangement mix it up with lots of different textures.’

As Kirsten says, it’s a good idea to mix fabrics, so you may have some linen or cotton, with wool or velvet in similar shades.

As experts in the field of sitting down, we thoughtfully crafted our Floor Pillows to be overstuffed, plush and firm. These cushions never lose their shape, and the high-quality print makes sure the design stays crisp and colorful.

<< More Floor Pillow Styles >>

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