I’m excited to show you a casual pillow arrangement I think you should try! As I’m sure you know I am the self-proclaimed pillow princess! I love pillows. Yes, they are soft and yes they come in different shapes but mostly I love them for their ability to totally change the look of any room you put them in. And the options of distinct looks are endless.
This new way to style pillows has actually been around for quite a while but not until recently have I seen it become very popular. So taking a second look at it made me think this way to style pillows on my living room sofa would lighten and loosen up this more formal area!
Usually, I follow the 5 pillow rule. You can see what I mean below. Very symetrical. And this style works almost every time! (old image… I’ve come a long way and so has my decorating chops!)
It is very symmetrical and pleasing to the eye, but it might be a tad boring! I’m not saying I’ll never use this arrangement again because I will, but I just might defer to a more casual look when styling this particular sofa.
Here are some guidelines for casual pillow arranging…
WORK FROM THE OUTSIDE IN
I still like the look of “anchor pillows” resting on the arms of a sofa. Put the largest pillow on the ends of the sofa. The anchor pillows that are buddied up with other pillows is placed so it rests on the arm and the back of the sofa. But the other anchor pillow that stands alone rests mostly on the arm of the sofa. If you take a good look at the pillow you will see what I mean.
Don’t you love these fluffy large anchor pillows? They are a soft as they look! The morning sun is so beautiful streaming into my living room! It’s the brightest room in my home.
Feel free to “group” pillows on together with the anchor pillow that is wedged between the arm and back of the sofa.
LET PILLOW “SLOUCH”
I usually stand my pillows up like little soldiers! Almost standing straight up. Now they don’t have good posture. Let pillows “slouch” or lay back a little. This really helps to create that casual look!
The little lumbar pillow is really relaxing on the sofa!
THINK COORDINATED TENSION
What is coordinated tension? Well, let’s start with what it is not matchy-matchy! It is not even precisely coordinated. But coordinated tension IS
- finding at least one element that runs through most of the pillows, think color, texture, shape
- add at least one pillow that is different enough to create a bit of discord but not enough to look odd (although I often see designer arrangements with pillows that look very disjointed… but they work)
- choose at least one pillow that is a different size
- use even number pillows (oh my!)
Tension is a fabulous design element if used in small doses. It means something in a room or arrangement is just a bit out of the ordinary or a little bit “off”. But oh, if done right tension can make a room beautifully interesting!!!!!
I’ve used 4 pillows for this arrangement. I also use different patterned and textured pillows. The only pillows that are the same are my anchor pillows.
TEXTURE IS KING
Texture is the magic element when it comes to a more casual pillow arrangement. Look for pillows that are bumpy, wooly, fluffy, hairy, soft, ribbed etc. And let them live together!
Also, try using a bold print, maybe a graphic, because your eye picks that up much like texture.
LEARN BY “PLAYING”
You know I’m a big proponent of “playing” with your pillows. You won’t know what works and doesn’t if you don’t get out lots of pillows and arrange them and rearrange them. Edit and add, edit and add!
As you do this a few things will happen…YOU WILL…
- get better at decorating with pillows
- learn what you like and don’t
- find new ways to use what you have
- see what pillows you might need to complete a certain casual look
- this will give you confidence to learn the next new thing in decorating and home interior design
What do you think? Are you ready for a more casual pillow arrangement in your room?
Here are some great pillow to add to your pillow collection. These will coordinate easily! They all have that casual look we love!
Many of these pillows come in different color choices and are on sale!
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