Pillows with Personality: How to Express Yourself with Patterned Throw Pillows

Pillow Decor Ltd. | Jun. 2013

Decorating with bold patterns and colors may seem a little daunting and scary at first, but it really doesn’t have to be. Bringing different patterns and colors into your room is a great way to express your personality and taste, and if there is one place where you should feel totally comfortable doing this, it is in your own home. It can be fun, exciting and rewarding. Don’t be scared, just play around with it, trust in your own creativity, and see where it takes you. The best way to ease into this is by adding your own personality pieces to your sofas, chairs or bed by using pillows! Cheap and easy right? You shouldn’t have to spend thousands of dollars to make a statement in your room. Pillows are a great way to transform your room into a fantastic, colorful space, without breaking the bank.

You don’t have to keep up with today’s trends or what other people are telling you is the latest and greatest. After all, what is considered hot today may be off the list tomorrow. Put the magazines aside for now, and choose patterns and colors that you like, that make you smile and that make you feel good. That’s what really matters at the end of the day.

First things first, ask yourself how you want to feel when you are in a room. Is it your place of relaxation, or is it your family’s activity hub? Decorating with muted color palettes may bring you relaxation and tranquility, whereas decorating with striking bold patterns and colors might make you feel awake, fresh and in the mood to party.

For a relaxing living room where you want to sit back in the evening and clear your mind, consider choosing soft patterns and colors. Greens and soft yellows are proven to be relaxing, as are burnt oranges and browns. Blues and reds can be a little on the cold side, but this may be the look you are wanting? Bold patterns in bright whites, reds and blues are very fresh and nautical and may be a great way to add a thematic touch to your room.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match! One of our favorite words when it comes to decorating with pillows is layering. For example, let’s imagine a 3-seater sofa. Now imagine two large pillows on either side - 22-inch square is a good size to use for this. These pillows could be your pattern pillow. Now, in front of these pillows add some smaller coordinating solid color pillows. 18-inch or 16-inch square pillows would work well. Already you have something really special going on. If you love a lot pillows on your sofa perhaps throw a 12X20 inch rectangular pillow in the middle. You could mix and match using the same solid color or pattern, but how about being a little different and choosing a contrasting pattern that is still in keeping with the same color tones? Right away you have changed a plain 3-seater sofa into your own personal statement! Don’t forget to look around your room for color and pattern inspiration. You may have a favorite piece of art or another decorative accent piece that you want to pull in. You’ll be amazed by how your whole room can come together well with a few carefully selected pillows.

While color and shape are easier to get a grasp on, scale can be a little more complicated when it comes to patterns. If you are mixing up prints in your pillows try not to choose more than one of the same scale as they may compete with each other visually.

Now that’s not too difficult is it? Give it a go, you will surprise yourself. Bring out your true personality, and most importantly, enjoy!