How to Mix and Match Throw Pillows

Combining pillow patterns, rather than opting to match, creates intrigue central to the modern bohemian home. Pick a color palette and then vary the scale of patterns and pillow shapes that you combine. Throw pillows are one of the easiest ways to inject style into your living room, family room, or bedroom. And since there are so many affordable, beautiful pillows out there, it seems a shame to play it safe with just two or three solid-colored pillows, or worse, the set that came with your couch.


The first thing to remember is… Your pillows don’t have to match!  In fact, you can achieve a more professional, stylish look if they don’t.

Refine Your Color Palette

Choose a color palette that coordinates with the rest of your room.  If you are dying to have a pop of fuchsia in the pillows but that color doesn’t show up anywhere else in the space, you need to bring that element into the room as an accent. It could be as simple as a pop of fuchsia in fresh flowers or a streak of color through a piece of art.

Bring In Texture

Texture can often be overlooked but I think it is very important to have a variety of fabric types within a room to give the space more depth.  This is especially important if you have a mostly neutral color palette as it would be very boring to have the same flat fabrics throughout. Try mixing velvet, linen, metallic, macrame, fringe or woven pillows on your sofa. Even if they are all the same color you would be adding quite a bit of interest with the different textures.

Vary Patterns

Patterns fall into two general categories: Organic and Geometric. Organic patterns include florals, botanicals and abstract movements while geometric patterns include checks, stripes, Greek keys, and modern shapes. Ideally you would use at least one organic and geometric pattern in each pillow grouping as they help balance each other out. A floral and a stripe are a classic combination!

Even Numbers Will Look Traditional

For a balanced look that features symmetry, especially on your bed or couch, an even number of similar pillows, like two or four, looks clean and orderly.

Vary Shapes

This might be the easiest tip yet! Simply have throw pillows of different shapes and sizes on your sofa.  Even if you just have square pillows, vary them between 20” and 16” for a nice layered look.  I usually shoot for two square pillows on one side of the sofa and two square pillows with a lumbar on the other side.  Play around with the arrangement and see how many pillows you need and work from there.

Source: jordan-interiors & Pinterest

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