You have come to the right place today! I have a post that will help you collect pillows to make the most fabulous arrangements on your sofa! Do you often look in magazines and sigh at how beautiful the sofas look with their gorgeously arranged pillows and say, “I wish I could do that?”. Well, my friend, you can! And I’ll show you how.
Pillow arrangements are not magic and you do not need a degree from design school to have the prettiest pillow arrangements in your town! With a little thought and practice, I’ll show you how to build the perfect pillow collection just for you!
Let’s get started!
Here are 5 rules that will help you collect pillows that work together on your sofa or chairs.
KNOW YOUR COLOR PALETTE
It is important to do first things first so when it comes to building a pillow collection you can mix and match from you need to know the color palette of the spaces you want to use the pillows in.
Not only do you need to know and recognize your color palette you need to know if your colors are predominately warm or cool colors.
And you need to know what accents or color pops you are using too!
I call my color palette BLOND. It’s filled with warm neutrals, rich caramels and lots and lots of white. So when go to look for pillows these are the colors I know will work together.
From time to time I like a bit of warmed up gray in my rooms too. I know gray does not sound like a super exciting pop of color but it works wonders for my color palette.
KNOW WHERE YOUR PILLOWS WILL END UP
I used to buy pillows on a whim. I would go to a store, like HomeGoods, and make a beeline to the pillows! Then I would get overwhelmed by all the beautiful pillows and buy them liberally! Remember I LOVE pillows!
But when I got home and tried to arrange all these beautiful pillows they look horrible. I would get so frustrated! I could certainly pick gorgeous pillows I just could not make them work together.
The pillows weren’t the problem. I was not thinking ahead.
We need to keep in mind how we are going to use pillows on our sofas and chairs before we go to HomeGoods or look online or end up in your favorite place to find pillows.
Unless you know exactly what you are looking for the chances of getting the right pillow that will look perfect on your sofa is slim.
So, make a plan.
I love the classic look of a 5 pillow sofa arrangement.
For a 5 pillow arrangement I know I will need …
- two 24 inch pillows or pillow covers and inserts
- and two 18-20 pillows or pillow covers and inserts
- one lumbar pillow or pillow cover and insert
And for the two chairs in my living room I like…
- two small lumbar pillows or lumbar pillows and inserts
- two 18 inch pillows or pillow cover and inserts
IF IT DOESN’T WORK DON’T USE IT
I have a mantra when it comes to decorating…
So if I get a pillow and it does not work with the other pillows I am collecting I get rid of it. I take it back to the store or give it to one of my girls or friends. I just don’t keep any pillow that won’t create beauty in my home!
And you should do this too! These outlier pillows will end up collecting dust.
EXPAND YOUR COLLECTION
Once you have perfected your favorite pillow arrangements for your sofa and chairs then you are ready to expand your pillow collection.
The object is to find pillows that work so well with what you already have that they can be easily changed out.
So if I want to change out the 18-20 inch pillows I’ll by two pillows or pillows and pillow covers. Never one! I have bought singles before and they end up sitting on a shelf in the basement!
Even though there is only one white pillow with jute trim in the pillow above, I have two.
TAKE PICTURES OF WHAT YOU HAVE
I snap a quick picture of all the pillows I buy with my iPhone and keep them together in a folder so I always have them handy when I’m shopping. I even use the images when I am in my living room toying with the idea of changing my pillows and all my pillow are in the basement. Those pictures save me steps!
It’s also a great idea to take pictures of the pillows arranged on your sofa and chairs. This helps you remember what pillow arrangements you like and want to repeat.
I just love the pillows on the white spindle chairs (above). I’m so glad I took pictures of them so when I change them out for something different I won’t forget these sassy pillows together so I can repeat the arrangement again.
Pretty pillows add color, texture, interest and beauty to a room. Creating a collection is smart! It helps you easily create arrangements that you know will work with the furnishings in your home.