Hello everyone! I’m so excited to start a new Styling Ideas’ section! This time, I want to share with you a very useful guide to a beautifully styled sofa. So I’m going to teach you how to master throw pillows following very simple advice! Stay tuned and check my post out!
Studio McGee’s textile line (Via Studio McGee)
If you follow me on Instagram, you might know I’ve been sharing a collection of useful advice and ideas on styling different things at home and I called this new section ‘Style it with MOA’. Today, I’m breaking down the basics on how to mix and match pillows on a sofa, from sizing to patterns, to help you fashion a perfect setup.
Throw pillows are the simplest way to give any sofa that gorgeous, impeccably finished designer look. But with nearly endless potential combinations, it can be hard to know where to start.
In fact, there are plenty designs and types of throw pillows out there, and of course, you might like many of them, but at the moment you have to buy a set you are unsure if they will look good together.
If you ever have had this feeling before, this wrap of tips will be really useful for you:
Step 1: Choose the right size and layer it up!
Throw pillow arrangement for an Uptown Living Room (via Homepolish)
The first thing you need to do is select the correct size of the pillow, so they won’t look out of scale. I recommend starting with a standard size, a 22 or 24-inch pillow at the back. Then add a second layer with a 20-inch pillow or thereabouts. And finally, complete the gathering with a lumbar, or a tiny pillow in the front.
Step 2: Define a colour scheme
Mixing decorative pillows (via Emily Henderson)
When choosing your pillows, you have to work with your colour palette but don’t be too perfect at all. Certainly, your pillows should stay coordinated or placed in a harmonious way, sharing a similar colour palette. But as you can see in the inspiration above, this is not a strict rule.
Here all hues follow blues, greys, creams, and light pink colour scheme. But the pinks don’t match perfectly, nor do the blues. But together, they look just absolutely stunning!
Step 3: Mix and match patterns and textures
Beautifully styled sofa (via One Kings Lane)
If you want to mix patterns make sure the size and scale of those patterns are not competing. They should be different enough that you can see the differences between them easily. One big, one small and one solid is a good formula.
If you are opting for simple solids, then try varying the textures. Three cotton pillows don’t do anything special for a room. Mix cotton, linen, wool, chunky knit, velvet, fringed, etc all together for a look that is safe and timeless, but still has depth and interest.
Step 4: Enjoy mix it up!
Pillow Styling (via Studio McGee)
Remember to pay attention to contrasting shapes, lines, sizes, patterns, and textures. The combinations feel endless, but the good thing of having a neutral sofa is that you can try as many combinations you want all over the year.
Another important advice: make sure your pillows are actually comfortable. Remember that you actually have to live your living room. So go for those throw pillows that will give you and your guests a pleasant experience.
And before I forget… whatever you do, don’t karate-chop your pillows. No exceptions. Why do people do this? Nobody knows. Maybe it’s thought that it makes the pillows look less contrived, but who really does this in his or her home? See above… That is a beautiful, beautiful vignette. No need for martial arts.
I hope all these general tips can help you on this challenge, but in order to make sure you can digest all this information so easy, I prepared the diagram below which illustrates the anatomy of a well-styled sofa.
Additionally, I created 6 beautiful combinations of my favourites pillows, in different styles and colour palettes that I love. Here you will see how I apply most of the tips explained above. If you have a neutral sofa I’d go ahead and say YES! to any of these no-fail combinations.
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