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Pillow Combos: Tips for decorating with cushions and decorative pillows

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Pillow Combos: Tips for decorating with cushions and decorative pillows

Cushions add the finishing touch to decorating any room. We have some quick and easy ideas for you to give your living room or bedroom a new lease of life.

Often the key to decorating is in the cushions, in the way they are combined and integrated into a given space. If you are successful with the combination, you can completely change the style of your decoration and achieve a magazine result. These decorative accessories are so versatile that you can use them in virtually any room in your home. You can use them to add a touch of color to your sofa, play by combining them with the textiles of your bed or on the chairs in the dining room or on the terrace.

Play by combining colors, sizes, textures and patterns. You will succeed in changing the look of your living room or bedroom easily, quickly and economically.

How to Place Cushions on the Sofa

The key is to use the right amount of cushions. It is important not to run out, but also not to go overboard with the quantity. You can use a very simple trick which is to always place a cushion more than the number of seats on the sofa. So, on a 4-seater sofa, you place 5 cushions. Combinations of 3 or 5 cushions always work best as odd numbers tend to create more harmony in the arrangements. Try placing them from the sides of the sofa toward the center, using the sofa as an accent and the cushions on the sides as a background. If you have a square sofa, use the corner and sides of the sofa to make three small combinations. In the case of an armchair, it is recommended to place a maximum of 2 cushions.

It is important to pay attention to the size according to the dimensions of the sofa. The most common is to use cushions of 55 × 55 or 60 × 60 cm for the three-seater sofas. For the bigger ones, you can even choose them 65 × 65 cm. Once you keep this rule of thumb in mind, you can combine them by properly mixing colors, patterns or sizes.

Tips for combining cushions in bed

To make an appropriate combination of cushions in your bed, you can use a very simple formula: The 3-2-1 or 2-2-1 formula involves placing 2 or 3 back cushions, larger than the others. You can use the cushion covers that go with the bedding, usually in sizes of 50 × 70, 55 × 55 or 60 × 60 cm. If your bed is king size, you can use 3 cushions as a backrest, in case it is smaller, it is recommended to place 2. In the next row of cushions you will place 2 smaller ones: 45 × 45 cm. And, as an accent, you can use a 30 × 50 cm cushion to place it in front of everything.

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Play with color

This is the trickiest part, and perhaps the most important. You should find a balance between sobriety and excess of color, because you can achieve a bland and graceless result or, on the contrary, too aggressive and loaded.

We recommend that you start using a very simple trick: play with up to three colors, you'll be sure. The main shade will match that of the sofa or bedding. In the case of printing, you will take its main color as the main color and it is recommended to use plain cushions. If it is a bed with a printed duvet, you can take the matching cushion covers and the rest of the cushions will be smooth, in shades of the print.

If you are using plain bedding or sofas, you can choose patterned cushions with the shade of the cover or duvet as the main color and introduce other solid cushions in a third tone that combines the contrast with it.

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Combination of prints

If you decide to use cushions with different patterns, always in the same colors. But be careful when choosing them, with three different patterns that match each other is enough. Choose a range of colors to use in prints that match the rest of the room's textiles: curtains, wallpaper, or bedding. You can use patterns such as flowers, stripes, stars… but always using chromatic consistency.

Shaped cushions for children's rooms

Shaped cushions give a lot of play when transforming a little one's bed into a play area. The stars, moons and clouds will bring a softer and more relaxing style to rooms with soft pastel decor. For the more adventurous, cushions in the shape of an elephant, a tiger, a cat ... or any other animal will create a very playful atmosphere and are also trendy. Whether you decide to decorate your room with jungle inspiration or a tropical style, these types of shapes will work perfectly.


Throw pillow tips

  • Size up on one on the insert for the pillow cover. Ex: 20×20 cover use 22×22 or even 24×24 insert
  • Fold pillow insert in half before inserting into pillow cover, be sure it fills each corner of pillow cover out
  • Buy throw pillows that have zippers so can change out the insert for a fuller, better pillow


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