Throw pillows – how to mix and match

Throw pillows are the perfect accessory to a well-dressed room. They add attitude, atmosphere and personality that fit your style. Throw pillows come in a variety of types and sizes. Here are some guidelines to get you started.

Sizes and shapes for every setting

Throw pillows come in a variety of shapes and sizes that make them great for decorating as well as for practical use. 24- inch square or larger throw pillows are often used as floor pillows. Stack them in a corner vertically or leaning against each other to add color and interest. 18- inch square throw pillows are industry standard and fit nicely on a sofa or chair of nearly any size. Add a rectangular pillow or two for interest and bolster pillows for function.

Patterns to mix and match

Part of the fun and challenge in selecting throw pillows is determining how best to mix different patterns. Think in terms of a 1-3-3 rule. This stands for one dominant color or hue, such as yellow. This can be a color pulled from your carpet, drapes or furniture. After you know the main color you want to emphasize, look for pillows in three different shapes or sizes for each pillow grouping, such as 18-inch squares, and two sizes of rectangles. Then look for three different “patterns:” one solid, one geometric and one floral/paisley/textured fabric.

The possibilities are endless – prints, shapes, sizes and textures for every taste and every budget. Use your imagination and inspiration to select the throw pillows that reflect your style.

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