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How to Decorate With Throw Pillows

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If you are planning to redecorate and brighten up your living room, bedroom or any spaces within your house, but have limited budget, then throw cushions might be your answer.

1. Decorating with throw cushions is affordable and inexpensive and can be a simple way to give your living spaces a new look

1. Decorating with throw cushions is affordable and inexpensive and can be a simple way to give your living spaces a new look

Throw cushions or sometimes called throw pillows or scatter pillows, if used properly, can help coordinate the design elements in your room. It will also add the continuity in your color, texture and design scheme. But best of all, they are versatile and inexpensive.

How you decorate with throw cushions, depend on the style of your room.

Check Your Interior Design Style

Your interior design style can be a Classical, Contemporary, Retro, Asian, Mediterranean, Ethnic or English Country style. Choose cushion design that matches your existing style.

Let's say yours is a contemporary design style.

I guess you can define contemporary design as a style that is current or happening today.

In the above photo, silky and velvety throw cushions were used on a settee sofa that was upholstered in dark brown silk material. This style, which is contemporary now, in a particular country, may not be the case in other countries.

Therefore, if you are planning to do a contemporary design style, look at local magazines, expensive designer shops or product brochures. These will give you some ideas of what is current, trendy and contemporary, in your area.

Therefore, look at your existing furniture and color scheme and decide which style it belongs to. Buy throw cushions that reflect this.

2. Use different fabrics, but similar color tone for your throw cushions can be one way to decorate your sofa

2. Use different fabrics, but similar color tone for your throw cushions can be one way to decorate your sofa

3. Throw cushions or pillows come in many designs and shapes. Use them well.

3. Throw cushions or pillows come in many designs and shapes. Use them well.

Throw Cushions Come in Many Designs

Throw pillows or cushions are available in various styles, shapes, and colors. You will also find them in various fabrics, from simple to luxurious materials. Some may even be adorned with sequins, embroidery and other trimmings.

Choose those that will blend well with your existing furniture and by the style of your room.

4. Throw pillows in Cotton fabrics are durable and easy to maintain

4. Throw pillows in Cotton fabrics are durable and easy to maintain

Functional Design

Some of these throw pillows are made to be more functional rather than decorative. The cover can be unzipped and removed for washing. These are usually of durable cotton so that you can wash them in the washing machine and not dry cleaned. They are no less attractive as the luxurious cushions that use silk, wool or velvet.

These are great if you have kids. You don't have to worry too much as they are hard-wearing.

5. Tips on decorating with throw cushions: Use throw pillows and cushions as a focal point to your room

5. Tips on decorating with throw cushions: Use throw pillows and cushions as a focal point to your room

As a Focal Point

Use your throw pillows as the focal point in a room or to add flair to the room.

In the above photo, the richly decorated cushions in blue contrasted well with the white and gray room and the furniture colors. The moment you enter the room, these cushions will command your attention.

This mishmash makes a highly effective decoration style, which is pleasing to your eye.

6. Another tip on decorating with throw cushions: This photo shows how throw cushions with black and white trims, contrasted well with the main cushion color

6. Another tip on decorating with throw cushions: This photo shows how throw cushions with black and white trims, contrasted well with the main cushion color

7. Use different sizes and shape for throw pillows, when you decorate your room

7. Use different sizes and shape for throw pillows, when you decorate your room

Throw Pillows Sizes and Shapes

As mentioned earlier, throw pillows come in various sizes and shapes. Depending on how you use these cushions, the small size can be added as an accent to the other cushions. The bigger sized cushions can be the backrest for a wide settee or use as a floor cushion. You can use this floor cushion as you would with a bean bag.

They also come in many shapes, from square to bolster pillow shape. The above photo shows some examples of the many sizes and shapes that you can use to accentuate your style.

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8. The red color throw pillows, to add a bigger impact

8. The red color throw pillows, to add a bigger impact

9. Notice how different colors, fabric design and throw pillow sizes blended well, making a dull sofa, interesting.

9. Notice how different colors, fabric design and throw pillow sizes blended well, making a dull sofa, interesting.

Cushion Fabric

As described earlier, fabrics for throw pillows can be from the most humble cotton to the most expensive silk, brocade or wool to designer fabrics.

When you choose the fabric, remember what and where you will be using it. If it is in the living room, you may want to go for the formal silk or velvet. If it is the kid's room, then a child-friendly material such as the durable cotton will be easier to manage and wash.

10. Is this throw cushion too big for this chair?

10. Is this throw cushion too big for this chair?

11. A black colored throw cushion with white and gray pattern, to pick up the main color of the armchair

11. A black colored throw cushion with white and gray pattern, to pick up the main color of the armchair

12. A simple white throw pillow, in the right size, can make a difference to a sofa

12. A simple white throw pillow, in the right size, can make a difference to a sofa

Cushions on Sofa

Your sofa and armchair can take one or two throw cushions, depending on the size. In the photo above, a bigger cushion was added to the back and another smaller cushion as an accent.

13. Be creative with your throw pillows

13. Be creative with your throw pillows

Be Creative & Different

You can add personality and color to your room, by being different. In the above photo, the throw pillows were placed on the shelves, behind the stool. Be creative and don't be afraid to experiment.

14. The dark brown throw pillows add depth to the overall color scheme

14. The dark brown throw pillows add depth to the overall color scheme

15. In this bedroom, the color scheme for the decorative throw pillow matches, but in different fabric design

15. In this bedroom, the color scheme for the decorative throw pillow matches, but in different fabric design

Throw Cushions & Pillows for Bedroom

Throw cushions and pillows can change and add character to your bedroom. Simply place them in various sizes and color (matching your room décor style of course) on both the bed and bed stool. This will give a big impact on your bedroom.

16. Throw cushions for bed and bed stool, don't have to color match

16. Throw cushions for bed and bed stool, don't have to color match

Have Fun Decorating with Throw Cushions

As you can see, a simple change or addition of throw cushions can make a big difference to your living spaces.

Don't restrict your creativity to just indoor areas. You can also have them outdoors, on your patio or by the pool. Use hard wearing and durable materials such as thick cotton, denim, canvas or calico. How you decorate with throw cushions can turn your outdoor area into an informal and relaxed atmosphere for any functions.

Enjoy and have fun buying and decorating your home with these throw cushions.

Note: All photos were taken at Janine, Townhouse and BritishIndia, at Great Eastern Mall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Mazlan

Comments

Lilian on February 22, 2018:

It's amazing how somthing as simple as a cushion can change the look of a room

Ruby from United States on March 15, 2016:

that shiny teal pillow though!!(:

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on November 21, 2013:

@younghopes , thanks for the compliment, votes and share. Have a good day.

@CanvasArtShop, yes too many cushions can be annoying. Try to limit to maximum of 4 cushions for a big 3 or 4 sitter settee

Shadaan Alam from India on November 19, 2013:

Loved the designs as well as the way you have written this hub, learnt a lot, voted up and shared.

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on July 21, 2012:

@MizBejabbers Thank you for the compliment and I am pleased to know that it had given you ideas for your decoration plan. Thanks for the visit and for sharing.

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on July 21, 2012:

@HouseBuyersUS , I am glad this hub has given you inspiration for your house decoration. Write a hub on it and share your ideas and tips esp. if you are using throw cushions!

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on July 20, 2012:

The photos are lovely, and the colors are just beautiful. My favorite is the gray with the fuschia pillows because it gave me a good idea. The design of the sofa cushions reminds me of Mexican blankets. I would like to make removable cushion covers for my couch from cotton Mexican blankets. I could remove them to be laundered whenever my cats get them dirty, instead of using ugly sofa throws on the couch. The pillows could be made to match the cushion covers. I am short, so I use throw pillows behind my back. Thanks for some great ideas!

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on June 27, 2012:

@CassyLu1981 , @Simone, @lindacee, @leahlefler Thanks to all of you for stopping by and sharing your views! Cassy, thanks for the Share

Linda Chechar from Arizona on June 26, 2012:

LOVE this hub! Your advice is extremely helpful and the images are divine! What an easy and beautiful way to change the look of a room!

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on June 26, 2012:

Now I want to go out and buy a bunch of throw cushions! Thanks for the fabulous ideas.

Leah Lefler from Western New York on June 22, 2012:

I love the punch of color throw cushions give to the décor! This is such an easy way to give a room a lift - love it, greatstuff!

CassyLu1981 from Spring Lake, NC on June 22, 2012:

I needed to know how to use throw pillows! I have a reading bench in my room and it needed a little more and now I know what to do! Love the elephant pillows by the way :) Great read! Voted up and Shared!

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on June 21, 2012:

@Anamika S , Thanks for your vote and compliment. Have a great day.

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on June 21, 2012:

@thumbi7 , Good to hear from you again. Thanks for your comment and pls share with us, once you are done with your redecorating your living room.

Mazlan (author) from Malaysia on June 21, 2012:

@meloncauli. Thanks for the comment. Glad this hub has inspired you to shop for throw cushions!

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on June 21, 2012:

Awesome Pictures! Throw Cushions can definitely brighten up your sitting spaces. Hub voted up!

JR Krishna from India on June 21, 2012:

Great job!

Lovely pictures.

It came at the right time as I was thinking of doing some changes to my living room

Thanks for sharing:)

meloncauli from UK on June 21, 2012:

Great, vibrant and helpful hub. This has made me want to go out and buy lots of throw cushions!