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How to Choose Decorative Pillows and Shams for Your Home

March 18, 2019

Putting the finishing touches on any room usually involves adding some decorative pillows and shams. This is the fun part of decorating a room! But sometimes there are so many options that making a choice can feel overwhelming. These are five tips you should follow to get the most out of your pillows and decorative shams.


Stick with a Color Scheme

The colors you choose don’t necessarily have to match every other part of your room, but they should at least share some commonality with each other. You want some variety, but not too much with the colors. Try to keep all the colors you choose either different shades of the same color or complementary colors. Too many colors will look overwhelming. Make it easy on your eyes by limiting the colors.

Vary Sizes and Patterns

Don’t ever use just one type of pillow on your sofa or bed. On your sofa, using a variety of sizes is aesthetically pleasing. You should also select some variation in your decorative pillows on your bed. A good rule of thumb is to select one solid color, one simple print, and one busy print for these pillows. You can use more than one pillow for each of these categories, but three print and color variations total are the maximum you should use.

Less is Sometimes More

Sometimes you might be tempted to choose as many pillows for your bed or couch as possible. But overdoing it might make your room look cluttered and even confusing. You should use pillows and shams to enhance what’s already there—not detract from other decorative elements. Limit yourself to no more than three rows of pillows on your bed and just a few pillows on your couch. Only use one or two on your chair, depending on its size.

Keep Size in Mind

Pillows should never overpower the piece of furniture they are decorating. This is especially easy to do when you’re decorating a chair. Pillows that are wider than they are tall are usually more aesthetically pleasing. Try not to use a pillow that’s any taller half the height of the back of the chair.

There’s also a right way to arrange your pillows on your couch. Put your largest pillows on the outer corners of your couch and the smallest ones in the center. This increases comfort for every part of the couch. The person in the middle usually feels like he or she has the least amount of room on the couch. By putting the smallest pillows in the center of the couch, you trick the middle sitter into thinking they have more space. They’ll feel much more comfortable.

Choose Comfort Over Design

Even though choosing patterns and colors for pillows and shams is fun, they should never make your space less comfortable than it is. Choose soft shams and supportive pillows that enhance your space’s comfort rather than just taking up space.

No room is complete without beautiful decorative pillows and shams from The Gardens Gates. Place your order and complete your room today!


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