Monday, July 25, 2011

Home Design Tip: Pillow Power

Use different textures together to create interest
Pillows are an easy and (can be) inexpensive way to give your room a design PUNCH.  Using pillows are one of my favorite ways to finish a room.   They can serve as artwork for a room, but they are also functional and usually inexpensive enough to change out seasonaly or to liven up a space. 

Choose pillows that speak to your decorating style.  For example, if your look is sleek and contemporary, using texture or bold color can add the pop you are looking for.  Shown here are 3 pillows used to bring in texture and style to a contemporary sectional sofa used in a modern living room.  

The pillows all speak to the netural color story of the room, as well as providing textural and graphic interest.  A sequened pillow with a graphic peace sign is paired with a natural African woven kuba cloth pillow and a very soft shag pillow.  The look says a lot about what the owner likes while warming up the neutral gray sofa that without the pillows is a little boring and depressing.  Also, the African woven pillow has a reddish brown tone that is very similar to the wood color of the coffee table.  On the other end of the sofa, the long pillow is Indian inspired and features wooden beads sewn onto a bronze silk base.  Texture and dark, earthy colors help to warm up this space.

Pillows are a great way to add bright pops of color to a room.  So many times people long for color in their space, but I usually recommend keeping wall color neutral, and bring in color through artwork and accessories such as pillows.  This way, you can change the personality of a room easily and inexpensively.  There are so many great places to buy ready made pillows.  But when you're buying, look for quality, size and style that fit the space you intend them to go.  You can find some great inexpensive designer pillow choices at Target, HomeGoods, and as well as most big department stores.  If you're looking for contemporary choices, I like CB2 and West Elm

And don't forget that when you travel, a decorative pillow case fits easily into your suitcase (you can add the pillow insert when you get home).  This is a great way to add an interesting conversation piece to your decor that brings in the essence of your exotic travel spot. 

Usually, when I stage a home for sale, I add new pillows to freshen the look of a room.  Modern styles are my favorite because they instantly update the look of any room- particularly if the furniture is a bit outdated.  It really is an easy, fun and inexpensive way to update your look.
Sofa before adding decorative pillows

The pillow colors relate to the coffee table and rug

Use texture and graphic patterns

Warm up leather with pillows.. color relates to the chest behind

1 comment:

  1. No matter your preferred sleep position, Sleepys as a pillow that will keep your neck and shoulders supported, and your spine in line.