Where and How to Toss the Throw Pillows
Houzz Contributor. Hi There! I currently live in a 1920s cottage in Atlanta that I'll describe as "collected." I got into design via Landscape Architecture, which I studied at the University of Virginia. I've been writing about design online for quite a few years over at Hatch: The Design Public Blog.
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I am often thinking about how to help people who are suffering from design paralysis. After convincing them that decorating is NOT an exact science and that they do have their own personal style, I immediately steer them toward throw pillows. Throw pillows may just be the easiest way in the world to put your own stamp on your space. They can add any kind of punch you want to an otherwise neutral room, or keep things neutral if that's the way you want to go. They are don't require a lot of commitment, there are a ton of inexpensive options (especially if you are handy with a sewing machine), and you can switch out covers seasonally to give your house a different feel in a matter of seconds. I only have ONE RULE: Do not give them the karate chop - what in the world is that about?
A mass of throw pillows can add serious graphic punch to a large neutral sectional.
On the other hand, the graphic punch of one strong black and white pillow can have just as much strength for a minimalist.
This banquette is a great space saver. It serves as a sofa and as table seating, and a simple rearrangement of pillows can change the way it functions.
(SIDE NOTE: I do sense a few karate chops happening here, but it looks good. I think I'll let my rule slide here).
These throw pillows bring in coastal colors along with comfort to this eating nook.
Big graphic punch is brought in via the pillows. This is so much less of a commitment than putting up graphic wallpaper or investing in an expensive rug.
These pillows remind me of a modern day version of these crazy afghans everyone in my family seemed to have - you know the ones made up of little squares in bright colors? It's a fun touch that gives this room a lot of personality.
One little butterfly pillow on the chair adds so much style to this room - it pulls in all of the color and helps the pieces relate to one another.
Look closely at this room - you could change out the entire color scheme and feel through just the throw pillows, art, and accessories (well, and you'll have to work with those fab chairs).
The view of these pillows from above is another way to enjoy them.
This homeowner/designer upped the comfort factor immensely with big cozy pillows with covers that are like hand knit sweaters.
The throw pillows here add exotic style that make me feel like the owner is very well-traveled, as well as transforming the bench into soft and comfortable seating.
Don't think you can't use throw pillows outside - there are all kinds of weather-resistant fabrics available today.
A hanging bed is a great spot for some throw pillows.
This home is such a great mix of contemporary and vintage pieces, as well as natural and man made materials and the throw pillows are a great eclectic mix.
Velvet, rich colors, and tassels add exotic style to this sophisticated living room.
Finally, in the bedroom. The only print in this modern bedroom comes from the throw pillows. If this person wanted to completely change the look of the room, he'd simply have to switch out those two pillows and the throw and he'd have an entirely new color story.
Ideabook published on Oct. 14, 2010.
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