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How to Decorate With Throw Pillows

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Do couches need throw pillows? Learn how to decorate with pillows of various shapes and sizes and how to choose throw pillows for sofa or couches.

Do couches need throw pillows? Learn how to decorate with pillows of various shapes and sizes and how to choose throw pillows for sofa or couches.

Decorate With Accent Pillows

If you are planning to redecorate and brighten up your living room, bedroom, or any spaces within your house with a limited budget, then decorating with accent pillows or throw pillows might be your answer.

Throw Pillows are Inexpensive

Never underestimate the power of the throw pillows. Throw pillows or sometimes called throw cushions or scatter pillows, if used properly, can help coordinate the design elements in your room. It will also add continuity to your color, texture, and design scheme. But best of all, they are versatile and inexpensive.

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

1. Decorating with couch throw pillows is affordable and inexpensive and can be a simple way to give a new look to your home decor.

1. Decorating with couch throw pillows is affordable and inexpensive and can be a simple way to give a new look to your home decor.

Decorating With Throw Pillows

Be your own interior designer and check out the following design ideas to give a new personality and additional oomph to your otherwise 'boring' space.

It is inexpensive and the easiest way to change the look and to redecorate 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 a cushion design that matches your existing style.

Let's say yours is a contemporary design style, 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.

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

Look at your existing furniture and color scheme and decide which style it belongs to. Buy throw cushions that reflect this. Sometimes, you can use a certain color to tie an entire room together.

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 different patterns and shapes. Pick an anchor color and use them well.

3. Throw cushions or pillows come in different patterns and shapes. Pick an anchor color and use them well.

Throw Pillow Designs

Throw pillows or cushions are available in various styles, shapes, and colors. They are also in various fabrics, from simple to luxurious materials and even faux fur. Some may be adorned with sequins, embroidery, and other trimmings for a totally different look.

Choose those that blend well with your existing furniture, by the style of your room, wall color, or based on your anchor color.

4. Throw pillows in cotton fabrics are durable and easy to maintain, ideal for the family room.

4. Throw pillows in cotton fabrics are durable and easy to maintain, ideal for the family room.

Functional Design

Some of these throw pillows are made to be functional rather than decorative. The cover can be unzipped and removed for washing. These are usually of durable cotton so you can wash in the washing machine instead of dry cleaning. They are no less attractive than 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

Create A Focal Point In Your Room

Use 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. It has the simple, clean lines and the subtlety of matching tones.

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. It has the simple, clean lines and the subtlety of matching tones.

7. Use different sizes and shapes for throw pillows, when you decorate your room. If you are bored with geometric patterns, try animal design!

7. Use different sizes and shapes for throw pillows, when you decorate your room. If you are bored with geometric patterns, try animal design!

Throw Pillow 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 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.

8. The red color throw pillows, to add a bigger impact in this  mix patterns pillows

8. The red color throw pillows, to add a bigger impact in this mix patterns pillows

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

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

Cushion Fabric Types

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

The choice of fabric depends on where it will be used. If it is in the living room, you may try the formal silk or velvet. If it is the kid's room, then a child-friendly material such as durable cotton will be easier to manage and wash.

10. This throw cushion is too big for this chair, yes?

10. This throw cushion is too big for this chair, yes?

11. One pillow is enough for this arm chair. The white and gray pattern works well with the main color of the armchair.

11. One pillow is enough for this arm chair. The white and gray pattern works well with 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 Ideas

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.

Throw Pillow Combination Ideas

For a regular-sized sofa one layer with the standard squares, either an 18 inches or 22 inches square pillow, will give a clean look. You can also go for the three layers by mixing colors, textures, and patterns on similar-sized pillows. Alternatively, use the bigger pillow on either side of the sofa, and the smaller ones on the opposite side and in front. You can also play around with bigger pillows on both corners and smaller ones in front. There is no perfect way so, go ahead and see what works well for your decor. For other throw pillow combination ideas, try these options:

  • If you use three throw pillows, use different colors, textures, or patterns.
  • Mixing of solid color, a small scale, and a large scale pattern. However, be consistent with your color palette and stick to it.
  • For sofa fabric that is not plain color and has its own pattern, use matching throw pillows that are either solid colors or neutral colors that match the sofa fabric patterns.
  • For a low-back sofa, consider the 18 inches square pillows.
  • By and large, an odd number of pillows look better and are the most natural arrangement such as two pillows in one corner and the third pillow at the opposite end. For five pillows, try two pairs of squares and a smaller rectangular pillow, placed on one side.

Lumbar Pillow

You can use them as a lumbar support pillow but it might not provide the desired support level compared to the memory foam cushions.

13. Be creative with your throw pillows

13. Be creative with your throw pillows

Cushion Decor Ideas

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 with different cushion decor.

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

Decorative Pillows For Bedroom

Throw cushions and pillows can change and add character to your bedroom. Simply place them in various sizes and colors (matching your room décor style) on both the bed and bed stool. This gives a big impact on your bedroom. When It’s time for bed, place the throw pillows in a basket, storage bench, or shelves.

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

Decorating With Pillows on the Floor

Floor pillows and cushions are other great options that you can use to:

  • Give a visually pleasing and eye-catching style to your home.
  • As an alternative seating option or a designated cushion seating area.
  • For meditation.
  • For watching TV or movies.
  • For playing games or reading.

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 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 function. You can add a throw blanket as well.

Just make sure your kids don’t get tempted to do a pillow party with your beautiful throw pillows.

When you are bored with your throw pillows, just buy new pillow covers with different designs. There are several websites that sell these pillow covers online.

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 A

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

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

Mazlan A (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 A (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!

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