How to Decorate With Colorful Pillows & Why You Should

August 29, 2022

bright colorful decorative accent pillows for a happy home

“COLORS SPEAK ALL LANGUAGES”

-Joseph Addison

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When you think of home decor, images of neutral walls and wooden furniture probably come to mind. While neutral tones are a great way to anchor a space and let natural accents stand out, there’s nothing wrong with adding some color into the equation. In fact, breaking up a space with bold pillows will add visual interest and inject much-needed vibrancy into your home. Anthropologists claim that the first pillow was created in ancient Egypt. Then, during the Renaissance period, the pillow became an essential item for all homes. Today, pillows don’t just offer comfort; they can be focal points in your home.   Read on to discover how you can incorporate this useful item into your interior design style…

What’s so great about colorful pillows?

Pillows are, for the most part, inexpensive and easy to play with, so they make great decor items for all levels of experience. Whether you’re a seasoned interior design professional or just getting your feet wet with home decorating, pillows are a great place to start experimenting with color and patterns. They are after all, the ONE thing that completely changes any sofa, chair or bed.  A few strategically placed pillows can drastically change the look and feel of a room-AND you can rotate them when you need a little lift! When you’re dealing with a large space like a living room, it’s important to mix up your decorative elements so the room doesn’t feel dull.   Finally, pillows can create that warm, welcoming feel we all want in any room.

purple decorative accent pillow cushion on leather sofa

Decorating with Colorful Pillow Cushions: 
The Basics

When looking to decorate your home with colorful pillows, it’s important to choose fabrics that are both beautiful and durable. After all, these pieces will be in constant use, and you don’t want to have to replace them every year. Fabrics: Viscose, linen, and cotton are great options for decorative pillows. While silk and satin fabrics can be luxurious and beautiful, they don’t hold up well to frequent use. Fabrics like linen and cotton or woven wool are perfect for pillows because they’re soft, breathable, and easy to clean. They’re also available in a wide range of colours, patterns, and designs, so you can easily incorporate them into your home’s decor. Colours: While bright and bold colours are a great way to add zing to any room, it’s important to choose wisely. This will prevent your home from feeling cluttered and chaotic. Patterns: Patterned pillows are a great way to add visual interest to a room. However, it’s important to choose a pattern that fits with the rest of your home’s decor. Choosing bold colors and patterns can be an interior designer's secret weapon, after all! 

colorful bed pillows with hanging leather headboard and white bedding

Tips for Using Colorful Pillows in Your Home

Before you start buying colourful pillows for your home, you should have a general idea of how many you’ll need. Here are a few quick tips to help you determine how many pillows you’ll need for a room. Sofa Size: Typically, you’ll want to place one pillow on each end of a sofa, with one in the middle. You can also place one on each armchair. Chair Size: One pillow per chair is the standard, but if the seat is particularly large, you can add a second pillow. Room Size: If your room is small, you may want to limit the number of decorative pillows you use. This will prevent the room from feeling cluttered. Bed Size: The right number of pillows for a bed depends on your personal taste. Some people prefer to have no pillows on their bed, while others enjoy having multiple decorative pillows.

bright colorful decorative accent pillows for bedroom

Which Colour Schemes Work Best With Pillows?

With so many colour options available, it can be difficult to decide which ones to use in your home. The best way to figure out which colours to use is to consider the rest of your décor. If you have a lot of neutral tones in your home, using a vibrant coloured pillow can be a great way to break it up and add contrast. You can also use colour to create visual interest in a room that’s lacking personality. 

For example, if your bedroom is a basic blue or green, a colourful pillow on the bed can liven the space up and make it more inviting. If you aren’t sure which colour scheme to use, a great rule of thumb is to pick a colour that compliments your curtains. Although you don’t want to completely match your décor, you can use your curtains as a guide for which colour scheme to follow.

How to Incorporate Color Through Pillows?
Now that you know which colours work best and how many pillows you’ll need, it’s time to put them to use! If you have a neutral room, coloured pillows are a great way to spice it up. On the other hand, if you have a ton of colourful accessories, it’s important to use neutral coloured pillows to break up the space. If you have a single coloured pillow, you can create an ottoman or coffee table look by purchasing a neutral coloured ottoman or table cloth. You can also use a single coloured pillow as a chair or sofa accent. If you have a pair of coloured pillows, you can use them as a couch or sofa pair. If you have three pillows, you can use them as a couch and loveseat set. Finally, you can also use pillows to break up a large wall. Simply place a coloured pillow against the wall and add a couple of smaller accessories on top.

playful decorative pillows for kids room red fish pillow

These days, it seems like every home décor blog that comes across features some kind of brightly coloured pillow. This is because they are such a great way to add colour and personality to any room. You don’t have to spend a fortune on pillows, just make sure you buy the ones that will last and make you happy!  Thats all we really want anyway, isn't it?





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SIZE GUIDE

NAME

 FINISHED SIZE

SUGGESTED USE

SMALL ACCENT

16x16"  |  40x40cm

accent chair, sofa highlight, kids bed

ACCENT

18x18"  |  46x46cm

accent chair, sofa highlight, kids bed

SMALL ESSENTIAL

20x20"  | 51x51cm

neutral zones, use to highlight your favorite accent, additional support 

THROW

23x23"  |  59x59cm

deep sofa, floor pillow, queen bed, chaise lounge

LARGE ESSENTIAL

24x24"  |  61x61cm

neutral zones, use to highlight smaller accent pillows, floor 

EURO

26x26"  |  66x66cm

2 for queen bed, 3 for king bed, floor, stacked, large seating

CHAIR LUMBAR

10x22"  |  25x56cm

salon chair, single seat, chaise lounge, childs bed, sleek sofa

LUMBAR

14x26"  |  36x66cm

E V E R Y T H I N G

QUEEN LUMBAR

14x32"  |  36x81cm

sofa, queen& king bed, chaise lounge, double seat

KING LUMBAR

20x32"  |  51x81cm

sofa, lounge, daybed, queen & king bed

BABY MAMMA LUMBAR

14x48"  |  36x122cm

sofa, queen & king bed-everything else

OTTOMAN

18x18"  |  46x46cm

living room seating, dining seating, lounge, events, wedding, foot rest

SMALL OTTOMAN

10x18x"  | 46cm

foot rest, kids room, lounge tables, coffee tables

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