How to Mix and Match Throw Pillows of 2022

Simplified Decorating has been on hiatus for far too long!

Every now and then, if you’re new around here, I like to go into a small decorating issue to break down the “rules” and make the process as simple as possible.. I’m not an interior designer with a degree from a university. For the most part, I take my cues from the true “pros” in the field as well as the old-fashioned school of hard knocks. When I ran a poll on Instagram Stories last week, so many of you requested an article on how to mix and match throw pillows. It’s here! We’re here now.

mix and match throw pillows

This is a great moment to highlight my “Magic Throw Pillow Mixing and Matching Formula” because I recently designed our master bedroom for fall (which could easily segue into winter).

How to Mix and Match Throw Pillows?

What do you think it is?

What do you think it is

One intricate pattern/print plus one geometric print and one solid/textured fabric is the magic formula for mixing and matching throw pillows.

  • A smart place to start when you’re stumped and have to question, “Do these pillows work together?” is to look at the relationship between each individual cushion.
  • And/or
  • a primary colour, a secondary colour, and a neutral colour.
  • On our bed, I used the following words:
  • Antique jade pattern with a lot of detail
  • 1 lumbar cushion with olive geometric stitching

I’d want to know the sizes available:

When it comes to couches, I tend to place 20-24 inch throw pillows on either end of the sofa with a smaller 18-22 inch pillow next to it. Add a tiny lumbar pillow in front of your sofa if it is deep enough.
Euro pillows are a personal favourite of mine when it comes to beds. Long lumbar in front of two 22-24′′ euro pillows on either side of a bed.

We had this on our couch:

  • Pillow with a coral flower block print in a 12×20-inch size.
  • A embroidered 18-inch rust geometric pillow.
  • Ivory cable-knit cushion 24 inches long
  • Choosing a Throw Pillow: My Personal Preferences
  • To avoid having to store complete pillows, buy pillow covers only.
  • Inserts that are 2 inches larger than the pillow cover should be used with down or down alternative pillows (these are my personal favourites).
  • A $5 pillow cover can make pillows appear and feel a lot more luxurious, even if you’re only using them for decoration.
  • A zippered pillowcase is ideal if you need to purchase a whole set of pillows.
  • Don’t go for ones that are too seasonal. When it comes to holiday pillows, I’d rather buy a cable knit cushion instead of a Santa one (and even the previous months for fall).
  • Even if I find a pillow I truly adore, I’ll go against my own personal tastes and abandon them all. However, in a perfect world…

It’s the best throw pillow I’ve ever owned! Sources: \sH&M

Pottery Barn HomeGoods / TJMaxx / Marshalls / Boutique Rugs

  • IKEA
  • Bed, Bath, and Beyond
  • Amazon
  • The global marketplace
  • Wayfair \sTarget
  • Walmart

Is there any hope at all in that? Maybe? Decorating is all about breaking the rules, but if you ever have “decorators’ block,” it’s a good idea to know them. Do you have any other favourite places to get throw pillows that we didn’t mention? Do you have a set of decorating guidelines you adhere to?

One of the easiest ways to add style to your living room, family room, or bedroom is using throw pillows. It’s a shame to settle for just two or three solid-colored pillows, or even worse, to stick to the set that came with your couch, when there are so many gorgeous and reasonable options out there.

To begin, don’t worry if your pillows don’t match. In fact, if they don’t, you’ll have a more polished appearance. When it comes to selecting pillows, many people are unsure of how to mix and match new patterns and colours to create a cohesive but not matchy-matchy aesthetic in their home.

Throw pillows can be mixed and matched in a variety of ways, and it’s true—sometimes it does require a trained eye. The space can nevertheless look professional and modern even if no two pillows match in terms of colour, pattern, or style. In the event that you don’t have time or interest in experimenting, the Rule of Three is a great way to streamline your decision-making process.

Three Colors to Choose from :

The first step is to select a “colour narrative” for your pillow choices. Using three different colours from the room’s other elements, such as the rug, your bedclothes, and/or your curtains, is always a good idea. As long as all of the pillows in your room have the same colour scheme, the overall aesthetic will still be coherent.

Color schemes that always look good together include:

  • Dark blue, deep crimson, and pale pink combine to form this hue.
  • A combination of deep red, orange, and deep green
  • Violet and mustard yellow with magenta
  • magenta and gold with dark green

Pick three different designs to use as a starting point:

Alternatively, you can mix and match three different patterns as long as each pattern involves at least one of the three colours you have selected. For the most part, it’s easier to pick your “lead” pattern, which is the one that incorporates all three colours in your colour story, first. In this case, the secondary designs you choose can include only one or two of the colours. Choosing a lead pattern by using pillows you already own is a lot more challenging than working backwards.

  • To get you started, here are some suggestions for blending patterns:
  • A flower, a geometric, and a plain colour are all included.
  • Ticking stripe and buffalo check on top of toile on bottom
  • One chevron, one dot, and a knit texture make up this pattern.

Decide on three different scales for the pattern:

In order to avoid your patterns being in competition with one another, it’s critical to consider the magnitude of your patterns when applying the Rule of Three. Choose three different scales of the same pattern instead, allowing one pattern to be the primary focus of attention.

As a general rule, the largest pattern in your collection should be your lead pattern, followed by something medium in scale, like a stripe or a little houndstooth. Finally, the third pattern should be the most modest, like a solid colour in an intriguing texture, a dot-swiss, or a damask stripe.

Tips for Getting Started:

Once you learn the Rule of Threes, also explore these other ideas utilised by room designers:

If you’re looking for a trendy aesthetic, think about arranging your throw pillows in odd numbers, such as three or five. In most design styles, odd numbers always look more artful, and remember that a smaller number of larger cushions looks fresher than a tangle of smaller ones.

Even numbers have a classic feel to them: For a balanced aesthetic that emphasises symmetry, especially on your bed or couch, an even number of comparable pillows, such as two or four, looks clean and ordered.
Fill matters: When buying for throw pillows, consider the fill and how it will effect the appearance. There’s more “give” in a feather-and-down fill, for example, which makes the pillow more cuddly. Stiffer and more cheaper, synthetic fillers like foam and polyurethane foam are better options. These pillows will maintain their shape better but don’t appear as elegant.

Incorporate a variety of textures, as well: Pattern and colour mixing is crucial, but texture should not be disregarded. Play with the contrast between smooth and rough, soft and fuzziness. ” Think about faux fur, and velvet, linen, knit wools, and tasselled accents. With the right colours and patterns, you may experiment with touch and sensation in a variety of ways.

Adding a few throw pillows to a room may seem like an afterthought, but they have a significant impact on how a space looks and feels. But how can you make a decision when there are so many options for designs, colours, materials, and textures? As a follow-up question, how do you make them feel like an integral component of the design, rather than an afterthought that has no place in the room?

Finding the right balance between an organised living room and an unorganised mess on your couch is possible! And you don’t have to have a meltdown in the HomeGoods pillow aisle. To mix and match your throw pillows like an expert who’s done this a thousand times, you’ll need a clear idea of the mood you want to create in your space and some basic, designer-approved suggestions.

Choosing a colour scheme for your throw pillows is the first step in the process. Even if your pillows are all different, they will all look like they belong on the same couch or bed because of the colours you choose from the rest of the room.

It’s always a good idea to select three colours that go well together and design your throw cushion colour pallet from there. If you want to create a colour story in your room, you can choose your wall colour, a rug colour, and a piece of art for the wall. Choosing a colour for a throw cushion that matches the bedding you currently have in your room is a must!

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