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Style Throw Pillows Like a Pro

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One of the easiest and quickest (and most cost-effective!) ways to get a new look for your home decor is to introduce throw pillows. Whether it is to add a pop of color, bring in some different textures, specifically for the holidays, or simply to give your room a more comfty look. Throw pillows are a sure bet! But, what is the best way to style throw pillows like a pro and get that perfect look?

Living Room Throw Pillows

Choose your main color palette, and let this anchor your throw pillow choices. Want to stay with a soft, neutral palette? Go with pillows in the same muted tones, but each with a different texture, fabric or pattern. Have a specific color tone you’re looking for? Find pillows in various tones of the same color…for instance, if blue is your color tone, pick a dark blue, a lighter blue, and perhaps even a turquoise blue. Want to add a pop of unexpected color to your living room? Go for a few high contrast combinations, pulling in a range of colors to give a unique and unexpected look.

  1. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns and colors! When mixing patterns, be sure to vary your scale and pattern type. Basically, don’t pick the same pattern for ALL your pillows! For instance, mix stripes with a checkered pattern, or florals with solids.
  2. Bring in an element of texture and depth. Get creative by mixing fabric materials, weaves and design elements. Think: faux fur, fringe, velvet or tassels.
  3. Change shapes and sizes. Don’t feel like all your pillows need to be exactly the same size! Style throw pillows with a mix and range of sizes and shapes. To create a contemporary, modern look style a lumbar pillow against a square shape.
  4. Change shapes and sizes. Don’t feel like all your pillows need to be exactly the same size! Style throw pillows with a mix and range of sizes and shapes. To create a contemporary, modern look style a lumbar pillow against a square shape.

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Bedroom Throw Pillows

Style your bedroom like a pro with these simple tips to create a well dressed bed:

  1. Start with your color palette. Choose either a neutral palette (think all grays, or all off whites), or go with a singular color tone for your comforter. Add in a texture with a duvet or quilt.
  2. Pile on your throw pillows. Start from the headboard, first adding in your actual sleep pillows. Next, add your duvet or comforter pillows. Lastly, add in some accent throw pillows. Play with scale, texture, shape and pattern—all within your chosen color palette.
  3. Need some additional accent colors? Drape a throw blanket at the foot of the bed for an extra pop of color and textural contrast. (Also, if it gets cold, you can use this blanket to snuggle under!)

Pro Tip: You don’t need to purchase all new throw pillows each time you’re ready for an updated decor! Have some standard throw pillow sizes on hand, and simple change out the pillow covers. You’ll have a new look in a jiffy for half the cost!

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