Tips For Decorating With Throw Pillows

An impressive collection of throw pillows can elevate the aesthetics and completeness of any room, adding style, warmth, and depth. Discover how to select pillows of various colors, patterns, shapes, sizes, textures and dimensions that reflect your aesthetic and create the desired style in no time!

No matter if you are adding color or accentuating existing hues, these tips for decorating with throw pillows will have you looking like an interior designer in no time!


Throw pillows can be an effective way to introduce new colors into a room or complement existing hues found in window treatments, area rugs and upholstery on furniture. By taking inspiration from existing sources such as window treatments or area rugs and using these colors as inspiration for their palette when selecting throw pillow colors for their room design project, your pillows can help create a more cohesive overall appearance.

When selecting the color story for your pillow arrangement, I recommend choosing a combination of patterns and solids – such as large patterns, small-scale stripes, and neutral or solid fabrics – to create an appealing balance of design elements in the finished piece. This will ensure your pillows will feel cohesively put together!

Choose patterns you will enjoy and will stay stylish over time, such as those found in tropical prints or polka dots, but keep them to a minimum when designing your room to avoid over-accessorizing or quickly dating the space. Instead, opt for more timeless classic patterns like plaids or stripes.


Color plays an essential role when decorating with throw pillows, from complementing existing room colors or accenting an eye-catching statement piece such as a rug. For optimal results, consider sticking to neutral colors when selecting throw pillow colors.

The pattern is a key design element when selecting pillow styles. However, too many patterns can become overwhelming and make the space appear overcrowded. To prevent this, choose one pattern with some of your room’s colors in it and add two smaller-scale patterns as accent pieces; such as selecting an organic botanical pattern along with medium-scale stripes or geometrics for balance.

Don’t overlook texture as an integral component in the look of your throw pillows; mixing different fabrics adds depth and visual interest, as does using feather-and-down fill instead of foam or synthetic fills which don’t look as luxurious.


Add texture to your pillow collection is an effective way to transform any living room, quickly elevating it from mundane to breathtaking. Layering different textures creates visual depth while drawing focus to their design (even if all are the same color!).

To create an appealing atmosphere, the color choices must go together well. Achieve this by paying close attention to which hues appear in your area rug, window treatments and furniture upholstery pieces–and then selecting pillows featuring those same shades.

Pair similar types of pillows – such as one striped with floral or geometric prints – for an eye-catching arrangement, while remembering it’s often more pleasing to group throw pillows in odd numbers (three, five, or seven is ideal) to achieve an eye-catching display without looking chaotic or disorganized. The end result will create a beautifully curated display that exudes pull-togetherness while still feeling cozy.


Size matters when selecting throw pillows; to achieve professional-looking results, opt for an insert that is 2″ larger than its cover.

As part of your design strategy, experiment with shapes, textures, and materials to craft an appealing arrangement. Don’t be intimidated to add a splash of color – even neutral lovers can benefit from using an assortment of accent hues!

Throw pillows should match the overall theme of your space, yet you don’t have to feel constrained by this rule. For instance, if there is one painting or fabric you particularly enjoy using in your space that stands out, consider selecting throw pillows that highlight similar elements for an aesthetically pleasing effect.