Do you love pillows! Today let’s talk about building a pillow collection you can use to help create beauty in every room of your house. Building a pillow collection gives you countless options for pillow arrangements. We love that! And we all know what a knock-out pillow arrangement can do for a room! Ready? Good!
Do you ever look in magazines or peruse Pinterest or search your favorite blogs and sigh at how beautiful the sofas look with their gorgeously arranged pillows and say, “I wish I could do that?”
Well, YOU CAN!!!!
It’s 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!
I got out about a quarter of my Tanglewood Pillow collection for this post! So there are lots more pillows that work together in the basement!
When we moved from StoneGable to Tanglewood I downsized all my accent pillows. Now I have about 1/5th of the pillows I had before.
Pillows got old or I’m no longer using the blues and greens I once did. And pillows with polyfill stuffing are not part of my collection any longer!
Purging my pillow covers and pillows made a huge difference! I curated my collection down to pillows that work together and are in perfect condition. This was a hard job but so worth it in the end!
THE PILLOW COLLECTION GOAL…
It should be our goal to have a collection of pillows that all (or almost all) work together so we can arrange them in many many new and fresh ways!
Doesn’t that sound wonderful!
Let’s talk about what to consider to make a fabulous pillow collection!
PILLOW COLLECTING’S BASIC GUIDELINES
The Color Palette
The color palette for your pillow collection is so so important. Determine your color palette and stick with it. Don’t “off-road” and start collecting other colors. At least not until you have a basic collection of great pillows in your colors!
Here’s how I began…
I really resonate with a neutral color palette. So I chose lots of beige, winter white, greige, wheat, tan, white and ivory colors for my pillows.
And I also added some deep antique gold and gray to the mix.
The walls at Tanglewood are white and much of the furniture is white or a deep tan. So I wanted to add a bit of depth to my rooms by adding pillows with lots and lots of texture and some bold neutral color!
5 THINGS TO CREATE A SUCCESSFUL COLOR PALETTE FOR A PILLOW COLLECTION…
- CHOOSE ONE OR TWO COLORS FROM YOUR HOME THAT WORK IN MOST OF YOUR ROOMS
- ADD ONE OR TWO NEUTRALS
- ADD ONE DARK COLOR THAT GROUNDS YOUR COLLECTION
- DON’T MIX TOO MANY COLORS
- WHEN IN DOUBT KEEP A TIGHT COLOR SCHEME
Mix Patterns And Textures
When you have chosen the color palette you will use for your pillow collection it’s now time to think about pattern and texture.
I like to keep my patterns pretty simple. Lots of pretty woven pillows in solid colors.
But I do mix up the following patterns…
- animal prints
The geometric patterns are my largest designs. And the stripes and animal prints my smallest. Think about a balance of large, medium and small prints if you are mixing patterns.
Because of the neutral nature of my pillows, texture is so so important! I love pillows that you can “feel with your eyes”. You should think about adding pillows with lots of texture to your pillow collection too!
Another very important thing to keep in mind is the sizes and amount of the pillows you collect.
My rule of thumb is to collect two of every pillow except lumbars.
Make sure you have…
- at least 2 24-inch pillows, although I prefer to have 4
- 4 or more 20-inch pillows
- at least 4 18-inch pillows
- and lots of lumbar pillows
This is the basic beginning of a great pillow collection!
Pillow Covers And Inserts
I prefer to collect pillow covers and have inserts on hand that match the covers. This makes up the bulk of my pillow collection.
I can change out the covers and keep unused covers neatly folded in a drawer.
However, this is not always possible so I buy very selectively if I must buy a pillow whose cover I cannot remove.
FIND YOUR DEFAULT PILLOW ARRANGEMENT
Find a pillow arrangement you like best and play and practice using different pillows in your collection. Once you know your default pillow arrangement you are guaranteed pillow beauty!
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I like to call a pillow arrangement I can do in my sleep my default pillow arrangement!
Think of a computer. The default setting is a computer science term, but I’m using it as a safe, tried-and-true way to do something that works… every time! Let’s make a “default pillow setting” for our sofa.
I think there are actually two default pillow arrangments every home decorator should know!
- THE 5 PILLOW ARRANGEMENT
- 3 PILLOW ARRANGEMENT
I use both very often!
THE 5 PILLOW DEFAULT PILLOW ARRANGEMENT
The 5 Pillow Arrangement is a no-brainer pretty, classic arrangement. Perfect if you love pillows.
Use two sets of matching square pillows. One set bigger than the other. Rest the largest two pillows against the arms of the sofa and the smaller pillows resting on them.
Add a lumbar pillow to the center of the sofa.
Voila, a very pretty pillow arrangement!
THE THREE PILLOW ARRANGEMENT
This pillow grouping is so so easy! Three pillows, all different and different sizes resting on one side of the sofa. No pillows on the other side of the sofa.
So so easy!!!!
HERE’S YOUR TAKEAWAY…
A cohesive pillow collection will add tons of beauty to your home! Choose a color palette for all your pillows so you can mix and match them easily.
Start by collecting pillows in different sizes.
Find a DEFAULT PILLOW ARRANGEMENT and perfect it!
Pillows are like jewelry to a room! Change them up and enjoy them!
Here are a couple of my favorite and easy pillow diy’s…