Who doesn’t love curling up with a bunch of pillows and descending into feathery bliss? People who don’t like this won’t like me. The problem that people get sucked into with pillows is stagnant placement and the pursuit of matchiness. I know it’s so much easier to get one set that comes with five pillows and line them up in a row. But get this – pillows can be a great way to express your personality, keep your room feeling fresh, and providing a sense of comfort.
So here are the logistical graphs, mere guidelines if you want to know how to get that bed or couch looking just right.
These are merely suggestions – not strict rules! But the charts do offer help in getting tons of pillows on your bed or couch (yaaaas) while not looking like a pillow monster threw up on it.
Now the next thing to address is style: I am of the camp that pillows should not be matchy-matchy to your decor, bedding, or art. In this photo, the pillows do an excellent job of mirroring the color scheme of the room without playing directly into the patterns already there. The navy background of the floral pillow ties in the rug in a much more subtle way than say, a navy pillow of the same pattern of the rug would. Tying in colors, but not patterns, is one way to look effortlessly chic and “oh those? I just threw them out but I guess they do make my room look pretty darn good.”
This has always been one of my favorite images on the Pinterest-sphere. It shows that you really can do eclectic while still looking put together. You would think that the gallery wall, mismatching pillows, and different side tables would lend a chaotic sense to the room but the unity in style, attitude, and color ties everything together.
The last pillow-pitfall that especially young people fall into is only having one around. Their mom bought them a down one when they moved into to college, and that’s all they should need right? Well I guess if you’re very utilitarian sure but I came to college with 3 sleeping pillows and 7 throw pillows (yes my freshman roommate still teases me about this). Get one, or two if you’re fancy, nice pillow to sleep on and then get super cheap fillers elsewhere (HomeGoods usually has stellar deals). Then occasionally buy unique pillow case covers, like this awesome constellation one on Etsy here and start developing your collection.
The great thing about having a variety of pillow case covers, is you can change up your style and refresh your room very inexpensively. Keep the bones of your bedding, couch, and chairs but change up the pillows – it can make a huge difference. Here is another awesome cover from Etsy, if you’re tryna go for that minimalist, Scandinavian feel.
If you’re feeling particularly industrious, you can also make your own pillow case covers. With the tutorial found here, you can make super cheap, no-sew covers for just the cost of fabric. Get crafting and refresh your room!