Have you ever looked through a decorating or home magazine and feel in love with the couch in the picture, and wished that yours could look that good? It may surprise you that there is a very good chance that the couch is not what caught your eye. It is very likely that what grabbed your attention were the decorative pillows strategically placed atop its cushions. And with a little know how, you too can mix-match sofa pillows like a pro! Here are a few tricks and tips that will give you results similar to those in magazines.
Pick a color to anchor the room
A good place to start learning how to mix-match sofa pillows, is to decide which color will be your anchor. This is the one color that brings the room together, and the shade you will primarily use to decorate around. One way to determine what your anchor color will be is to select one single shade from a window treatment, area rug, or some other statement piece in the room. Once you’ve chose your color, you’re ready to start.
Mixing colors is easy
If mixing relative colors together confuses you, stick with neutral colors to accent your anchor. Taupe, tan, white, gray, black and brown are all colors that blend beautifully with any other shade. But, if you like mix-matching sofa pillows in various colors, try using a color wheel as your guide. This handy tool is like a compass for home decorating, and will guarantee beautiful results.
Mix patterns for a professional look
Back in the 80’s and early 90’s, it wasn’t uncommon to walk into a room and find the same pattern copied on pillows, wallpaper, curtains, and even accessory pieces. That look was never a good one, but it especially dated today. Avoid matching; instead, use a variety of textured fabrics with a similar feel. And yes, it is okay, and even encouraged, to mix different fabrics! Incorporate a mixture of textiles, cottons, micro-suede, satins, and embellished fabrics to add depth and dimension to your space.
How many sofa pillows to use
Pillows should accent the sofa, not take it over. A general rule of thumb is to use an odd number of pillows instead of an even one. When using pillows that measure between 18″ – 20″ each, 3 – 5 pillows will look best.
Deciding on pillow size
Most standard sofa pillows are square in shape and are either 18″ or 20″. If you choose to mix-match sofa pillows in size, just remember to keep the largest ones a solid color. Patterns look best on smaller pillows, as they add a slight ‘punch’ to the overall look of the sofa, without overtaking it with pattern. If you choose to incorporate a uniquely shaped round, oblong, kidney, or neck roll pillow, limit the selection to one and position it in the middle of the couch.
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Source: Professional knowledge and experience