We’；re always touting how easy it is to breathe new life in your room simply by switching out throw pillows. It’；s true， a group of new fabrics and colors can give your space a totally different feel， but that doesn’；t mean it’；s easy to cull through all of the thousands of great throw pillows in every shade imaginable to find 4 or 5 that will work well for your space. There’；s an overwhelming selection out there， which makes the process confusing!Well， we want to make things easier for you. Consider this our guide to choosing the right throw pillows for your room.
First， there are a few principals you should always keep in mind：pillow shams floral
Once you have these basic principles down， you’；re ready to pick out fabrics! This is the fun part， but also the time when we become the most confused. There are just so many options! To narrow it down， consider the style you’；d like to create in your home.
If your room already has a lot of patterns， like a patterned sofa， dramatic curtains， or a vibrant rug， take your pillow fabrics down a notch. Or if you really like color but don’；t want to use a vibrant hue on large pieces (like your sofa or club chairs) just use solid pillows in very vibrant hues.
Here， we chose two colors that are on the opposite ends of the color wheel (called complimentary colors)personalised gifts， a spicy orange and a cool blue. Colors lookextra rich and vibrant when placed next to to complimentary colors， making the overall look much more dramatic. Individually， they look nice， but together they really sing!
If you’；re starting from scratch， find a fabric， an art print， or an accessory as a jumping off point. For example， we picked the gorgeous plaid throw on the back of the sofa and let it inspire the rest of the space. The spicy orange and navy are both found in the blanket， so we picked pillows in solid shades for maximum color impact!
Pillows above： 26″； Basic Pillow Cover in Garrison Linen Spice Basicand22″； Basic Pillow Cover in Garrison Teal.
If you want a group of pillows in just one color， choose three different fabrics that work together. We used a very organic， bold print as our jumping off point (the floral pattern in the center)， and we balanced the color on the sofa with bold velvet pillows in the corner and plaid pillows in the middle.
The basic key here is balance. The bold pillows in the middle and in the cornershelp to balance the off-white sofa and lighter plaid pillows. The feminine floral print (our Rayna fabric) in the center is balanced bya more masculine plaid print on either side. And the patterned pieces are a balance to the solid pieces.
So when you’；re putting together different fabrics in the same color， just ask yourself， “；does this pattern balance this pattern？”；
Pillows above： 22″； Basic Pillow Cover in Queens Velvet Persimmon， 22″； Basic Pillow Cover in Brooks Gray， and 12×；20″； Basic Pillow Cover in Rayna Coral.
Even if you want to keep your color palette neutral， you’；ll still need a few throw pillows tobring texture and pattern to your space.For this combination， we chose a color palette of off-white， taupe， and chocolate.
We started with our busiest print， our Leo Brown fabric， then we brought in a much larger print in a complimentary color， our Buffalo Check in Taupe. Finally to tie these two prints together and act as a backdrop， we chose a solid chocolate brown linen pillow with a contrasting flange.
Pillows above：26″； Basic Pillow Cover in Garrison Linen Cappucino， Buffalo Check Pillow in Natural， and 12×；20″； Basic Pillow Cover in Leo Brown.
If you like color but want agroup of pillows that aren’；t too loud， choose colors that are next to each other on the color wheel， or analogous colors. These are colors thathave a lot in common but are different， which makes for a color palette that is quieterand more polished.
For the sofa above， we chose pink and orange. These two colors are neighbors on the color wheel， but they’；re still a great pairing. We also picked two art pieces to hang over the couch that reinforce the pink-and-orange combination.
For a quieter combination of patterns， we chose a very small stripe in orange (in the center)， two larger off-white pillows with an orange medallion， and two solidpillows in Suzanne Kasler’；s Peony fabric.
Pillows above： 22″； Basic Pillow Covers in Suzanne Kasler’；s Peony Linenand 12×；20″； Basic Pillow Cover in Small Stripe Mandarin Linen.
We love the way a well placed solid pillow in a vibrant color can act like an exclamation point on your couch. A rich， sapphire blue stands out the most， even though there are patterns and other colors here too. A solid pillow may seem like a boring choice when there are so many lovely patterns out there， but in the right space， onesolid pillow in a bold colorcan reallyestablish a color palette that may have been hiding.
If you want to breathe new life into your space with very little effort， use a couple of solid pillows in a bold color in your space. Pull this color from other patterns on your upholstered pieces or in your accessories， then use that color in punches throughout your space. This is a strategy Suzanne Kasler talks aboutusing in the spaces she designs.
Pillows above： 22″； Basic Pillow Cover in Ellie Indigo， 20″； Basic Pillow Cover in Courtney Peacock， and 12×；20″； Basic Pillow Cover in Garrison Linen Teal.
If you’；re looking for an approach that isn’；t fussy， we love to simply pair one bold color in a lush fabric (here we used velvet) with a classic stripe. Stripes are a great pattern to use for pillows because they’；re the perfect balance of bold andsimple. Our strategy here was easy enough， choose one bold color used elsewhere in your space for three pillows， then bring in two striped pillows for a little pattern.
Pillows above： 22″； Basic Pillow Cover in Queens Velvet Emerald， 20″； Basic Pillow Covers in Keaton Flax， and 12×；20″； Basic Pillow Cover in Queens Velvet Emerald.
Ok， after all of this talk of colors and patterns， it’；s time to get down to the less exciting details …； like inserts. Just like the filling inside your sofa， what’；s on the inside is just as important as the outside， even with throw pillows.Pillows are meant to bring extra comfort and cushion to your couch， so it’；s important to use good quality throw pillows. All foam throw pillows aren’；t going to be your first choice for support when you’；re trying to curl up for a nap on your couch.
You don’；t necessarily need the most expensive inserts， but do choose inserts that include both feather and down. We’；re obviously partial to our own down blended inserts which are 95% feathers and 5% down.
Here’；s anotherlittle secret when you’；re choosing inserts for your pillows. If you want a fuller pillow， size up your insert. For example， if you have a 20″； cover， and you want a really full pillow， use a 22″； insert.
Now， are you ready to choose pillows for your space？ Do you feel empowered to mix patterns and colors like a pro？ You should!
And remember that in addition to our readymade pillows， you can order a pillow cover in any of our 200 fabrics with our Ballard Basic Pillow Covers!
Find some of our favorite fabric pairings here， or browse all of the living rooms from our catalog here for inspiration.
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