Whether you want a seasonal shake-up or you’re looking for
a trendy, vibrant change, it’s easy to do with the right pillows. Go with wild
patterns, bright colors or flat-out trendy styles to give your home an updated
look. Pillows are an inexpensive way to make an impact on a room, and because they’re
not a big commitment like furniture or lighting, you don’t have to be afraid to
change them often. In fact, you’ll want to – that’s the point.
More than just couch cushions, have you ever thought of
utilizing pillows to display your favorite art instead of filling up your walls?
Or transforming your garden patio into a modern extension of your home by adding
contemporary textured pillows? The experts at Pillow Decor Ltd.(www.pillowdecor.com)
offer the following creative tips for decorating with pillows.
1) PILLOWS AS ART
So many homes now have walls of glass and open plans, so
there are fewer walls available for hanging art. Use hand-painted,
one-of-a-kind pillows to add original art to your home. You can even try a
pillow that features the work of one of your favourite artists. They are easy
to decorate with, and don’t leave holes in the wall. Among Pillow Décor’s
collection you’ll find hand-painted, one-of-a-kind works of art by
up-and-coming designers as well as classic renditions of famous works by
artists such as Gustav Klimt, Marco Fabiano and Fabrice De Villeneuve.
2) SEASONAL MAKEOVER
Update the look of your home seasonally with new pillow
covers and accessories. It’s the quickest way to give your home a makeover.
Most pillow covers have zipper closures, so you can put lighter-colored pillow
covers on your existing pillows for a fresh look. Just store your fall and winter
pillow covers flat in the linen closet. Choose lighter-weight silks with a
slight sheen to capture the light and add sparkle to your room. You can also
switch pillows and accessories from room to room for a quick change. Pillow Decor makes it easy by enabling you to buy just the pillow cover, or the pillow
cover with your choice of a polyfill insert or feather insert.
3) MIX FABRICS LIKE A PRO
Professional designers combine different fabrics, shapes
and sizes for a layered look. You can easily pull this off yourself by mixing
florals, stripes, textures and solid-coloured pillows. Traditional themes feature
pairs, balance and symmetry, but modern and contemporary decor is known for odd numbers and a more eclectic, collected look.
Resist the “matchy-matchy” impulse, and build a collection of different fabrics to
add colour and personality to your home. Unify your open-concept décor with
fabrics that reflect and tie together the colours in the room. Study magazines to
see how the professionals do it.
4) INEXPENSIVE UPDATING
To modernize an outdated room or sofa, pick new pillows
in a color you are moving towards. You will be able to test out the new colors in the room, and begin the transformation. You don’t have to redo the
whole room at once, just do it piece by piece as budget allows. Reupholster
that sturdy reading chair and ottoman. Throw in a cozy chenille. Combine rich
textured dupioni silks and modern solid colored metallic pillows for a clean
look that is versatile, so that once you decide on the furniture and flooring, your
pillows and accessories are already in place. For a final touch, add patterned pillows
that incorporate the colors of the sofa fabric.
5) BRING THE OUTDOORS INSIDE
Botanical and floral-print pillows will bring the feel
of the outdoors in. However, it certainly doesn’t have to be your traditional
floral imagery. Pillow Decor offers a wide variety of contemporary, subtle
botanical styles. Combined with textured fabrics, you’ll feel more connected to
the Earth even, in the heart of the city. There are many color schemes to
choose from, including gold and silver. Add a few coordinating striped pillows
for a masculine touch. Use a digital picture from your hike in the woods, have
it printed in a poster size, and place it beside a leafy new plant near your
Earth-inspired pillows for a great look!
6) TAKE THE INDOORS OUT
Decorative pillows offer an ideal way to help transform
your outdoor living space into a comfortable continuation of your home. Whether
it’s a kitchen, family room or bedroom that opens up onto a deck or poolside
patio, try using throw pillows that pull from the dominant color of the adjacent
indoor room. The transitional effect will create harmony and continuity between
your indoor and outdoor living spaces. Don’t hesitate to use designs that might
typically seem unfitting for the outdoors. Go with pillows that feature bold
circles, stripes or colors not standard of nature, such as black and white.
The pillows will stand out amongst all the earthy greens and browns and really
spice up that outdoor space!
7) KEEP THE PEACE
She wants mauve florals, he wants green and orange
geometric pillows. Compromise with pillow covers in each color scheme and
theme, and alternate them occasionally. Or try finding some common ground with
a coordinating pair that combines the Yin and the Yang. Your room will feel
new, and the change will be refreshing. Everybody’s happy!
8) DRESSING UP A CHILD’S ROOM
For the kid whose room is never tidy, solid color
pillows will help create a less cluttered look. If texture and pattern is what
you are after, you can add wide wale corduroy or striped pillows to a boy’s room,
and wavy or florals for the girls. You want soft durable pillows for a child’s room
made from microfibre suede – the microfibre fabrics are so tightly woven that they
are tougher and more durable than most other fabrics. Spills just bead up and roll
off, and they can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Try 24-by-24-inch box-edge faux-suede
pillows, which are practical and fun for floor pillows in a child’s or teen’s
room. These pillows are very soft; perfect to sprawl on while reading a book or
playing a game. They come in a wide variety of bright cheerful colors, and while
the superhero or princess themes will soon be passé, these durable pillows will
have staying power.
9) WHAT’S HOT NOW
The hottest new pillows are the versatile rectangular
shape, sometimes referred to as “lumbar” pillows. They can be used in so many
ways, to add back support to children and petite people, to add color to an
armchair, or nestled against each arm of your sofa. Layer them in front of larger,
square pillows in the corner of your sectional, or on a window seat or daybed. Add
one in front of pillow shams to give your beds a decorative touch. On a low-backed,
clean-lined sofa, place one at the back of each seat cushion.