There is no better cost effective solution to freshening up or renovating a living room than choosing the right pillows. Decorative living room pillows look cute and inviting. This is exactly how everyone imagines the feeling of a perfect living room.
Decorating with throw pillows (or throw pillows as they are sometimes called) can help you coordinate different design elements. End to establish continuity and balance between your colors, patterns and textures. However, their biggest advantages are versatility and affordability.
As you can see, decorating with pillows is easy and interesting. However, you shouldn’t just toss a few of these on the sofa to make the magic happen.
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First of all, you need to make a careful selection and adapt it to the style that you have already supported in your living room (for example, modern decorative pillows).
Your ultimate goal is to make the room incredibly beautiful. That is why we have put together the most important tips to help you make the best decision:
How do you choose the perfect pillows for your living room?
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Fortunately, there are hundredths of a funny way. Before making a final purchase, you need to decide on:
- Compliance with your style
Compliance with your style
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Do you have a living room with a recognizable style? The styles vary from traditional to contemporary (retro, Mediterranean, Asian, country and many others). and there are special pillows to go with each of them.
The right pillow structure can awaken your senses
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In fact, that’s the only reason texture is so important when choosing pillows. Lines instantly grab attention wherever they are applied (walls, furniture, doors, carpets, etc.).
Textures are visually appealing even if they are smooth and unaggressive. This is exactly why pillows come on stage – a human eye is always on the lookout for the center of the landscape, which means you can use pillows as the central part of the room.
Once a person focuses on the beautiful look of your pillows, they will immediately be tempted to sit on them and relax.
Textures are just as powerful as colors, even if many people cannot assess their real value. For example, a “hairy” Mongolian cushion made from natural sheepskin can be a great contrast to your shiny leather sofa.
The same rule applies in reverse: chenille sofas with rich textures will attract more interest with silky pillows.
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Throw pillows can be purchased in all possible sizes. It all depends on their purpose (small ones are usually added to enrich a number of larger ones while the larger ones serve as backrests or even floor seats) as well as the size and structure of your living room.
Choose a shape
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As with size, throw pillows come in many different shapes (rounds, cushions, squares, or even rectangles). Even the craziest ideas that come to mind (stars, hearts, candy, etc.) may be available at the local pillow store.
This variety allows you to arrange space with modern decorative pillows, or even combine the ones that you like best. Mixing pillows is indeed one of the most successful ways to add variety to your living area.
Choice of colors and patterns
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This is likely the part that will take up most of your pillow planning efforts. First of all, you can go for a standard palette, like the one you have already used in your living room.
However, those who like to experiment can go beyond the limits of balance and harmony and choose a contrasting solution that arouses more interest.
What we propose are classic and elegant choices (patterns that soften leather furniture, or colorful pillows on traditional rocking chairs). Again, pillow renovation is neither difficult nor expensive, and there is no reason not to test your creative ideas.
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The most effective solution is to pick a color that matches the artwork, fabrics, or similar living room accents. Remember that there should be a single accent color that can be easily combined with the rest of the hues of your living room.
Experimentation and variation are welcome as long as they are limited, and they serve no purpose other than to add interest and natural contrast to the space.
For pillows whose color you really like, refurbishing and replacing items is a reasonable solution.
Placement and arrangement
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Believe it or not, style has the final say when you are Buying your pillow. For example, a modern home would opt for an odd number of pillows or uneven combinations of large and small pillows.
What is also an excellent idea for modern living rooms is to narrow down the palette, prints, and patterns on the pillows and make a “neutral” choice instead.
Traditional settings require symmetrical arrangements, which means your pillows should be shipped in even numbers and placed so that they clearly resemble their connection. Similar shapes, colors and patterns are also required.
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However, the traditional design doesn’t stop you from combining sizes, so you can combine your large collection with a set of the same, smaller pillows.
Trimming is also allowed (especially cord and braid for small pillows and tassel fringes for larger pillows).
Eclectic decoration would mean that you would be lucky enough to do whatever experiment you think necessary. Even so, even eclectic rooms support an even number of pillows or similar placements and arrangements.
Ideally, you should go for the same fabric, while the colors leave you plenty of room to create your own combinations.
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When buying decorative pillows, don’t forget to choose the ones that go together and look harmonious. Most of the time, it is not enough to buy pieces that go with your sofas and chairs, but a collection that will fit the entire room.
Your realm of the fluff must appear related so that the living room does not get completely out of order. You don’t necessarily need to buy pillows, you need to choose pillows with similar colors or textures.
Mixing pillows, on the other hand, can be powerfully entertaining. A visual connection cannot be ruled out this time either. Before you start matching your pillows, consider the following tips:
- The cushions should be a compatible, yet contrasting color to the sofa they are lying on, but they should belong to the same “pillow family”, equally placed on either side of the sofa.
- Sofa cushions may not match if their color is similar to the color of the sofa. Again, they should be put against each other.
- Sofas look amazing with a central elongated pillow, mixing the colors and patterns of the small side pillows.
Focus on functionality
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Most pillows are meant to be functional rather than beautiful and decorative. Therefore, they come with a removable packaging that can be opened and washed regularly.
Such pillows are made from natural cotton, which means they are machine washable instead of dry-cleaned. The truth is that they’re not as attractive as a luxurious silk pillow could be, but they’re far more practical (especially for families with children or pets).
Think of a topic
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Decorative pillows are a great precursor to an overall theme in your living room. For example, navy blues could inspire a nautical theme or even personalize the space of avid travelers or sea admirers. For this reason, pillows are considered very personal and ideal to reveal your tastes and interests.
Plus, there’s no room that doesn’t benefit from a collection of cool pillows. After you’ve managed to decorate your living space, you can move on to this affordable adventure and transform almost every corner with approval pillows.