There are a lot of things to consider when styling decorative pillows; such as, but not limited to: How can you make them look good? How to mix colors and patterns? What is the right size and shape that will work with the project? It may seem complicated but there are some simple things you can do to create the beautiful look you want.
Pillow size is very important, you want to choose the one that fits just right - think Goldilocks. I have seen large couches with pillows that are way too small that just end up getting swallowed up and looking like an afterthought, which is not really a look that anyone wants! The best thing to do when looking for the perfect size pillow is to start with what could be the largest size and go down to the smallest. So let's say your largest is 22 inches, your next should be 18" x 18", plus an accent lumbar pillow to pull the look together.
2. DON'T FORGET TO COUNT!
How many pillows will you need? Well, it depends! For a normal to smaller sofa you want to use an odd number of pillows, so anywhere between 3 & 5, for a large one you want to use an even number so try 6, placing three on one side and three on the other. If you have a large sectional use 5 to 7 pillows grouping two or three at each end and a set in the center. If you want a more modern or eclectic look be sure to use an odd number of throw pillows for your arrangement.
3. MIX & MATCH!
Your pillows don't have to have the same patterns or textures! Use your imagination and get creative! Combine stripes and Ikat, leather and shag, solids and tweeds!!! You get the idea; don't be intimidated by the process and do your research. Go online and search the looks you like for inspiration and then when you are ready to start mixing and matching choose what I like to call your "main inspo" pillow, that one amazing pillow that you are absolutely in love with, first and build from there. And don't forget your accent pillow!!
The key is to have fun, and take the time to get inspired and really enjoy the process.