Throw pillows are an easy, excellent, and comfortable addition to any living room or space for relaxation. While they can run quite a range of prices, they tend to be quite affordable, and are also easy to clean and replace when you want to change just how your area looks. There’s always a question of just what you should look for in a throw pillow, though. This list might help you on your next shopping trip.
- Compliment, don’t copy. Your throw pillow is an accent for the couch or chair that you’re placing it on. It shouldn’t blend in, however. It’s good to choose complimentary colors, and patterns, that add visual contrast without being too overpowering. On the other hand, if you have a very plain or neutral tone for your furniture, you may prefer a “loud” throw pillow to break it up.
- Firmness is important, but don’t overdo it. A throw pillow is something to add comfort to your room as well. It should be firm so that it can support backs, heads, arms, and even legs and feet during those extended movie viewings. Try to use a pillow that’s on the firmer, more resilient side, and you’ll get a longer life out of the pillow itself. Remember, you can always change the color, but once a throw pillow becomes too beaten up, it will need to be replaced.
- Get creative. Your one-off throw pillow design can really bring out some interesting options. Throw pillows with photographs stitched onto the cover, or flower-themed throw pillows with decorative frill can all be a very nice addition to a room. If you’re having trouble thinking of exactly what would be the best “fresh” element to add through a throw-pillow, you can always try looking at how different fabric patterns compliment and contrast one another.
- Sometimes, less is more. Depending on the size of your couch, you may not want to have a larger throw pillow that could dominate the landscape. Your general rule of thumb here is to get a throw pillow that’s about half the length of one of your couch’s cushions. Larger throw pillows tend to be better for longer, sectional couches. 18 inches is generally a good size for your throw pillow.
- Consider your pets as well. You may not want to get a throw pillow that has a texture that can be easily ruined by pets, or which may be attractive to cats, who enjoy “knitting” on rougher surfaces with their claws.
- Get the right “fill.” As with the firmness of the pillow, the filling material can effect how tough the pillow is, and also how “bouncy” it will be. Throw pillow fillings are more or less the same as bed pillow fillings, which can raise or lower the price based on the quality of the materials. Feather, or down, pillows tend to be the most expensive, but also offer the fullest appearance. Pick whatever fits your budget.
- Mix it up. Using an odd number of pillows is usually what interior decorators recommend, as is picking different throw pillows for your total collection. This gives you plenty of opportunities to mix and match different textures, colors, and patterns, all of which could compliment the base color of your sofa.
With these tips, picking the perfect throw pillows for your room should be easy. Just remember to pick pillows that are complimentary to one another as well when you’re choosing a pillow for a chair and already have a set on the couch.