A perfect pillow arrangement on a sofa is a beautiful thing! Pillows are synergistic magic when they all work together! They add beauty and texture and a layer of softness to a room. Here is my favorite pillow arranging tips.
If you have been reading StoneGable for any time you probably know I am a bit of a pillow addict! I love pillows!
I can hardly pass up a pretty pillow! Whether in a store or online the first thing I find myself looking for is a new pillow! They are all so so pretty!
Finding pillows you love is the easy part. To get the most out of their style and color and decor value we need to know how to make them work together!
So, I’ve put together 5 easy no-fail pillow tips for arranging pillows on your sofa like a pro!
Here is our blank canvas. This is my living room sofa. It has Modern Traditional styling and is a great neutral blank canvas.
One of my favorite things about having a neutral color palette is I can add any color I want to the mix! But for now, we are going to stick with neutrals.
Pillows are like the jewelry of a room. Sometimes jewelry is understated and sometimes we want to bring on the bling! Pillows are like that too! Pillows give you the option of creating understated beauty and appeal or adding a big statement to a room!
The amazing thing about pillows! They are so versatile!
Here are 5 tips for arranging pillows like a pro!
VARY PILLOW SIZE AND SHAPE
Think of a pillow arrangement on a sofa as a vignette! They work together to tell a story or to give off a certain decorative vibe! One of the most important things to remember about arranging pillows on a sofa is to vary their size and shape!
Here’s an easy rule of thumb to remember…
The closer to the outside of the sofa the larger the pillow!
USE DIFFERENT TEXTURES AND PATTERNS
A big reason to use pillows on a sofa is to add texture to a room! Texture is more than just nubby! Textures can be shiny, rough, smooth, silky, and more!
Think of adding pillows that have different textures!
All one texture, say smooth, is boring! Our eyes love interesting and different things. And texture is a big way to keep our eyes/brains interested. And we perceive this as attractive!
Just like all smooth pillows would be boring, all nubby pillows would be overstimulating and be perceived as busy!
A mix of textures when it comes to pillows will add beauty to our room!
THINK ABOUT A PERFECT PILLOW COLOR PALETTE
One the most transformative things in your room can be your pillows! And they are so important when it comes to color!
Here’s what I mean. Pillows can add personality to a room because they…
- can carry on the color palette in your room
- or add a pop of another great or seasonal color
- and even make a bold statement and add a bit of tension to a room
Three things that will give a room interest and personality! Now we don’t want pillows to do them all at once. So pick one way to add extra personality to a room through pillow color!
Color plays such an important role in how we feel. Color affects us! Even the colors in our pillows!
COLOR AND IMPORTANT ELEMENT OF INTERIOR DESIGN is a must-read for any home decorator!
ARRANGE IN ODD NUMBERS
I say, “there is magic in odd numbers when it comes to decorating”! And it’s so true!
Our eyes/brains love love love things grouped in odd numbers. Actually, our eyes will scan a room at lightning speed looking for odd number groupings. And we’re not even aware of it!
Pillows most often should be grouped in odd numbers. No wonder the most popular pillow arrangement is the 5 PILLOW ARRANGEMENT and the CASUAL PILLOW ARRANGEMENT I’m sharing today!
This is probably my best pillow tip and it is super easy!
Here’s a great post explaining THE MAGIC OF THREE IN INTERIOR DESIGN.
CHANGE UP PILLOWS SEASONALLY
One of the big decorating advantages pillows bring to a room is the ability to CHANGE it!
So pillows can add a note of the season to a room! Even if a pillow doesn’t have a distinct seasonal or holiday pattern, by grouping pillows that have the colors associated with the season we perceive them as being seasonal!
TO CHOP OR NOT TO CHOP?
Now, here’s my bonus question… to chop or not to chop?
I just couldn’t do a post about pillows and not address chopping! Let me ask you… do you chop?
I think it is a very personal thing to chop or not chop a pillow! So you decide.
My personal preference is some chopped and some not! A very middle of the road answer!
I think too many chops looks a bit contrived and no chopped pillows seems like I’m missing out on a fun detail.
To get the perfect chop a good down pillow insert works best in a pretty pillow cover!
Now YOU know some interior designer tips for great looking pillows too!!!!
HOW TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT PILLOW INSERT is a post with tons of information about pillow covers and inserts.