Celerie Kemble's Hot House floral pillows set the tone for the other fabrics chosen here. You can see that the rust and blue colors of the middle pillows were pulled from the floral scheme.
Heather Freeman created the artwork above her sofa to complement the color scheme and patterns of its five-pillow arrangement.
The 2-2-1 ratio also works on beds. Rather than arrange the pillows from the outside in as you would on a sofa, arrange them from back to front.
Both sofas in this modern Texas living room feature the same throw pillows in the 2-2-1 arrangement.
While this is technically a 2-2-2-1 arrangement, the effect is the same. Take note that the middle pillow is in the same fabric as the room's striped upholstered chairs — this is a great way to tie things together.
Consider using only two fabrics for the 2-2-1 arrangement. Here you'll find that the center bolster pillow's toile fabric smartly matches that of the end pillows.
Michelle Hinckley made these striped pillows from Target's DwellStudio baby blankets.
The N.4 Blue Coral Pillow takes center stage while beautifully coordinating with the wall color.
Both sets of square pillows feature a trellis pattern in different colorways, while the center pillow is in a new pattern but features both colors.
While the pillows on the ends are not the same pattern, their similar coloring and size contribute to the 2-2-1 effect.
Using only two colors, Tracy Murdock put the ratio to good use with solid fabrics and embroidery details.
The 2-2-1 ratio suits daybeds, too.