Let’s talk PILLOWS… again!! One of my favorite topics!!! Let’s talk about how to choose pillows and patterns and colors. Should we buy two like pillows if they are solid, and one if it’s patterned? Do size and shape have anything to do with our buying decisions? It’s all about choosing the perfect pillows! My post today was inspired by an email I got from one of my fabulous readers! Here’s what she said…
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Now here what one of my fabulous readers asked…
Hi Yvonne – I just love your blog! You have a beautiful home. I do have a question that I don’t think I’ve seen you address regarding pillows. When you purchase throw pillows (and covers), what makes you decide to purchase just one versus a set of two? I thought maybe the more solid, neutral pillows you purchased a set, but then I noticed a few patterned pillows that you had in sets. I’m trying to decide on keeping a set of patterned pillows or just one as a “statement” on the sofa. Your answer is appreciated!
What a great question! I’ll try to answer it in this post and offer a few rule-of-thumb tips too! Let’s talk about choosing perfect pillows!
I think it’s a smart idea to buy/make two pillows or pillow covers as a set if they are square. Especially if they are 18 inches or larger. Even if they have a design or seasonal image motif they can be used on a pair of chairs, or used on either side of a sofa etc.
I bought one of these great pumpkin pillows from Pier 1 (SORRY, no longer in stock) and ordered another when I paired them with two black and white check pillows (see them HERE) in my dining room. Thank goodness they were still in stock at the time!
And that’s another good reason to buy two like pillows. Most pillows come and go with the seasons or can sell out quickly. So, better safe than sorry if you really love the pillow!
Even the small starfish pillows below can work together on a sofa or a bed.
There are exceptions, but my general advice is to buy two pillows if they are squares!
The exception is when I fall in love with a pillow and I can only find one. Then I take it home and use it on a chair or put it in the center of my sofa or bed.
When it comes to a rectangular pillow, such as a lumbar, I buy one! They work in the center of a sofa, fit on a chair (depending on the size) and look great placed on a bed in front of other pillows. You can see this nubby lumbar pillow HERE.
Rectangular pillows come in lots of sizes, just like square pillows!
Round or uniquely shaped pillows usually work in pairs too! There are exceptions to these rules, of course.
Remember to use your pillows to decorate your home and use in your baskets! They look great!
Choosing perfect pillows is all about common sense and sense of style! Here are a few other pillow posts to help you and for you to enjoy!
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