Let’s talk about pillows! My favorite! Today let’s talk about how to arrange pillows on a sectional! I get quite a lot of emails and questions about this topic. If you have a regular sofa this post is for you too. Some sectional tips will work perfectly on a sofa.
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There is a lot of angst out there when it comes to sectionals!
One of my favorite designer tips is to break something I’m decorating down into sections. Like a grid! It makes decorating almost anything easier!
I use a grid on bookshelves, tables sofas and more! Try it! It make decorating so much easier!
And I did the same thing for arranging pillows on a sectional! The imaginary grid I use for a sectional is divided into three pie-wedged sections.
The objective is to decorate each grid section so it works with the other grid sections.
So far, easy! Right?
When the camera comes out and I’m designing Hobbes our little cat LOVES to be in the thick of things! No matter where he is in the house he comes running! And for a little cat, he sounds like an elephant!
So Hobbes will be our lovely assistant for this post. I just could not scoot him away! He stakes his ground and loves being in the pictures.
We don’t think Hobbes knows that he is a cat. He acts just like a dog!
Back to sectionals and pillows, here are some things to consider when adding pillows to a sectional…
CREATE A COLOR PALETTE
I think for many home decorators the hardest part of decorating is knowing where to start!
I know! Even though I have been decorating for decades when I start a new project I can still sometimes feel a bit anxious. But here’s something to remember.
When you start a new decorating project you don’t need to get it right. Decorating is part science and part art! You need to have time to “play”. To work with a design or arrange those pillows until you get it right!
I always start by defining my color palette. You must make sure…
- the pillow color palette works with the rest of the things in the room
- works with the sofa
- adds beauty and harmony to both the sofa and the room
I like to work with three but not more than five colors.
ARRANGING PILLOWS WITH PATTERN ON A SECTIONAL
It is so much easier to use pillows that do not have lots of patterns!
I love this curated pillow collection from Linen + Cloth. The pillows have a great color palette and mix of patterns! You can see the pillows HERE.
If you like pattern choose one large scale pattern, one smaller scale pattern, and one or two plain pillows.
This is classic combination ! And it’s a classic because it works almost all the time!
Here’s another pretty pillow combo from Krinto. See it HERE.
CREATE A FOCAL POINT
A sectional will probably be the biggest thing in your room! I know ours takes up a good portion of our sunroom.
We selected a sectional with a chaise for seating! Even though this is a small room my family loves to smoosh themselves in here! So a sectional made sense!
Because a sectional calls attention to itself it is important to dress it up with pretty pillows!
Pillows can add so much to a room. Drama, cohesiveness, style, charm, beauty. The list goes on and on!
Go bigger! Choose bigger pillows for a sectional. Little pillows look too petite on a sectional, even a slimmed down sectional!
The pillow above is 26 inches! It’s big! But I love the statement it makes on the sectional. And our family loves to pull it off the sectional and use it for their heads when they lay on the floor to watch tv.
Create a pillow focal point in the elbow of a sectional. Add extra pillows and use a lumbar there too!
Hobbes is pointing to the pillow arrangement.
Vary the sizes of the pillows you put on a sectional. It is more visually pleasing, for sure!
The standard sizes for a sectional are…
- 3 24″ pillows
- 3-5 18-20-22 inch pillows
- 1 lumbar
You can’t go wrong with this combination of pillow sizes.
Or if you are like me, you can use a euro sham that is for the bedroom (yes, the big pillows are)!
For a really balanced and pretty pillow arrangement on a sectional, it is all about the lumbar pillow.
That rectangular shape mixed with the squares adds so much interest!
Don’t forget the lumbar!
THE CLASSIC PILLOW ARRANGEMENT FOR A SECTIONAL
Okay now to the answer to the question, HOW TO ARRANGE PILLOWS ON A SECTIONAL!
Just a note: I’m arranging pillows on my chaise sectional as if I have an arm on the right side of the sofa.
This is so easy, friend! Remember the grid? Break your sectional down into 3 parts.
Individual pillow arrangements will be placed in each section.
THE END PILLOWS
Start with large pillows (24 or 26 inches) and put them against the two outer arms of the sectional. Then put one in the crook of the elbow of the sofa.
For an almost no-fail look choose the same pattern and color for these pillows.
So now there is a large pillow in each sofa section!
BUDDY UP THE END PILLOWS
The next pillows to add are 20 inch pillow leaning on the large end pillows.
I have two natural fiber caramel pillow with pom-poms and one the same color and fabric without pom-poms.
So I rested the pom-pom pillows next to the end pillow and used the other non pom-pom pillow in the elbow of the sectional along with a white 22 inch pillow that had a caramel burlap trim.
The white pillow with the caramel trim worked well with the other pillows and worked as a bridge between the large pillow and the caramel pillows.
ADDING THE LUMBAR PILLOW
Think of the lumbar pillow as being the magic sauce that pulls the look together! Yes, it is that important!
Arrange a lumbar pillow in the front of the other pillows or slightly off to the side.
Seriously, this finishes the look!
A FEW MORE THINGS TO KNOW…
Here are a few things to help you create the best pillow arrangement for your sectional or sofa…
Bigger is better on a sectional. Pillow that are 18 inches and under tend to look puny and might detract from the beauty of the sofa!
You can use more pillows. The longer your sofa, the more pillow you can use. However, too many pillows can be overkill!
You can also use three pillows in the elbow of the sofa instead of 4. You will know that looks better for your sectional!
Toss a pretty throw over the back of the sofa and let it fall on the seat of the sectional. Choose one that works with your pillows. Toss the throw next to the pillows in the elbow of the sectional.
Create a more relaxed look by letting your pillows slouch to one side or the other. I like my pillows standing up pretty straight but once in a while I arrange them like I have tossed them on the sectional.
To chop or not to chop? Totally a personal choice. I love to chop pillows but I think there is too much pillow chopping going on when it comes to a sectional. Just saying!
MY SECTIONAL WITH A CHAISE
Because we have a chaise instead of sectional with arms on both sides I arrange my pillows in a hybrid way!
I like the look of dressing up this chaise sectional as if I were arranging pillows on a regular sectional but I don’t add any pillows to the chaise end. However, I do add a nicely folded throw over the chaise.
It fees comfortable and looks nice!
I hope this has helped you know how to arrange pillows on a sectional and given you pretty ideas for your home.
I want to thank my lovely assistant Hobbes for helping out today and being the same color palette as the room!
Pillows have great power! Great decorating power! They can absolutely change the look of a room!
Create beauty, symmetry, tension and a focal point by adding pillows to a sectional!
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