How to use pillows to make the most of your room design

I LOVE using pillows and cushions in home decor. A room is never complete without them. It can be a living room, a bedroom, even an office. The kitchen and bathrooms are pretty much the only rooms which can get away from this fluffily fun design element! You can even use them outdoors, and change them seasonally. It’s a great way to add a soft touch to those weather-proof garden chairs and table.

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Pillows are both practical and aesthetic, a decor style element and a functional design element. The great thing about them is that they are so versatile and can be periodically rearranged to create different effects.

In a room with a color theme , you may have so much of the same color, that you require textural differences to make the room feel less flat and monotonous. A while ago I was working on a living room in calm neutral tones. The cream-colored couch was a great match for the light-gray shaggy carpet and the white cabinets but it was all a bit dull, until we put up a pictures collage with black and green frames and… three beautiful pillows in shades of green! Boom! The room got a facelift of color and comfort.
Cushions and pillows offer a great way to add texture too.
Embroidery and eyelets create an embossed look and work so well with an Indian or Asian theme –
Combining coarse fabric that has an open weave, with silky fabric so tightly woven that it shines like satin, is a good way for pillows to make a monochrome room more three dimensional and beautiful.
A geometric colorful pattern looks great on a white couch.
A geometric colorful pattern looks great on a white couch – Click to see this pillow set on Amazon

Another way to use pillows, is to cover them in an accent color so that they stand out in a room, and complement the neutral tones used for the base decor theme. Room decor gets a boost from the creative use of pillows as splashes of color and contrast. Patterns, be them geometric or floral can help get a mix of colors for a spot of bold creativity on a neutral or even white background. You can certainly mix patterns as well.

 Pillows come in all shapes and sizes. When combined, they are an art instillation in and of themselves. The benefit of this kind of art, is that it is so comfortable for everyday use.  A heap of pillows is fun to jump into, sprawl out on, build forts with, offer to guests to make them more comfortable, support aching backs with, rest your head on, elevate your feet with, and of course, have a pillow fight with.
Every one loves pillows, whether they are arranged in a row on a couch, or heaped on the floor in a pile, whether they are used one at a time, or layered and grouped, pillows are great decorations. Pillows can be stamped with fabric paint, quilted, appliqued, sewn with ruffles, printed with photographs, or beaded to make them really stand out. Pillows can have tassels, fringes, fur, laces, or buttons. The possibilities are endless. Here are a few “crazy” pillows to consider. Great for an eclectic “Mix & Match” with a few more simple (and cheaper) ones –
Western-Style , complete with tassels! Click to see on Amazon.
Western-Style , complete with tassels! Click to see on Amazon.

A cushioned fashionista! Click to see on Amazon
A cushioned fashionista! Click to see on Amazon

Bring some glitz and pizzazz into your living room with golden sequins! Check it out on Amazon

Dare to mix in more glitz with crystals? Click to see this on Amazon
Dare to mix in more glitz with crystals? Click to see this on Amazon

Vintage-style glitz with golden-lace pillows. See them on Amazon.
Vintage-style glitz with golden-lace pillows. See them on Amazon

Add some fun by throwing in a slice of watermelon! Click to order on Amazon
Add some fun by throwing in a slice of watermelon! Click to order on Amazon
Pillows come in all sizes. Some are large enough to be used as chairs or beds, while some are tiny and may need numbers in order to show their power. Consider size and try to mix and match size, color and texture for a unique look for that room.  Above all, remember the number one rule of home design: Have fun! Pillows are awesome for that. After all, they can always be used for a good old pillow fight!

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