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How to Put Together a Set of Throw Pillows

If you are like me then you struggle to match throw pillow covers. I finally figured out how to put together throw pillows with these rules.

Why must it be so complicated to put together 4-5 pillows without spending hours in the isle of Home Goods?!

Everything you just panic bought will be wrong, and will have to go back to the store.

I have done this so many times! I finally figured out how to decorate to save me time and money.

Throw Pillow Rules

I am not an interior designer, so these might not be the best rules to go by but they helped me make sense of decorating.

I struggle to decorate with more than 1 color or pattern, so I found a few tricks to make it easier to make my home more interesting.

Hopefully you find some of my rules helpful when decorating with throw pillows.

Rule #1 – Pattern

Find a pattern that you won’t be tired of looking at after a month.

A throw pillow with thin stripes or a simple geometric pattern will probably last longer than a bold floral pattern.

If you really want to try a bold pattern then I suggest a throw pillow cover, so you can easily change out the pattern.

You do not want to end up with a basement full of pillows that you are tired of looking at.

My kids love that I struggle to decorate because they have pillows to “throw” around or stash in their forts.

Throw Pillow Covers

Speaking of throw pillow covers, this is a great way to save money and space.

Sometimes you can find throw pillows cheaper than buying a whole new set of pillows.

Before you buy new pillows, measure your current pillows to try to cover them up.

This will save you some space in your basement, so you don’t have to store the older pillows.

Covers are also fun to change out each season or to match your holiday decor.

Rule #2 – Color

Once you have the pattern down, pick colors that will match or compliment the pattern.

Try not to be so matchy or your pillows might end up looking boring.

If you have a hard time with color, try a muted version of the color that you are planning to add in.

The nice thing about using muted colors is that you won’t get sick of looking at it.

Rule #3 – Texture

Add some texture to make your space a little more interesting.

If you struggle with patterns then start with texture to warm up to the idea of a pattern.

Your texture can be either neutral or a color to match your other pillows.

Rule #4 – Size

Consider the position and size of your throw pillows covers.

I prefer to have 22 inch bookend pillows on each side of the sofa.

Then I like to add smaller throw pillows in between the 22 inch pillows.

I typically go with 20 – 18 inch pillows then a lumbar pillow in between the 22 inch bookend pillows.

Decorating With Color

Before you start selecting color you should consider the undertones of the colors that you are working with.

If you are decorating with cool tones like grays and blues then you should decide if you want to compliment these tones or match these tones.


A monochromatic look is a good way to start with color, but not get too complicated.

Monochromatic color scheme is easy to add into any space because you are only adding in a single color, but it different shades of the same color.

Decorating with color can go beyond throw pillows, so don’t sweat it if you can’t get the hang of it.

Adding Color With No Commitment

If you want to add color without really committing to adding color, good news you can do it!

Here are some tricks to add color without buying a bunch of bold throw pillows.

Tricks to Add Color

  • Add wood into your design
  • Green Plants
  • Colorful Florals
  • Clay Vases
  • Wall Art
  • Display Books
  • Lamps and lighting
  • Metal Hardware
  • Textured accent wall or fireplace
  • Decorate with only texture and muted color tones

Decorate for You

Whatever you decide to add to a room, make sure it is what you like and know your design style before decorating.

This might sound silly, but I found myself decorating my home with someone else’s taste in mind.

I was worried what other people would want a home to look like, if I were to ever sell my home.

Do not do this because you will end up redecorating and spending more money than you planned to make your home feel like your own.

Remember to always decorate for you and make your home YOUR home!

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