Aug 1

Selecting Throw Pillows for Your Sofa


modern sofa with cushionsThrow pillows for a sofa are a great way to tie together a living room design and to change out decor according to changing taste and seasonal preferences. But it can be difficult choosing from a wide selection of available throw pillows—especially from multiple retailers—while at the same time maintaining a cohesive design. Here are some tips to selecting throw pillows for your sofa that will add interest, tie together well, and offer practicality.

Play with size.

The most interesting sofas tend to feature throw pillows of various sizes. Reserve larger pillows for placement near the corners and along the back of the sofa, and use smaller ones up front that will still allow you to see the pillows behind.

Mix solids and patterns.

One of the best approaches for selecting patterns for your throw pillows is to choose some patterns and some solids. This will give your sofa interest without being overwhelming. Consider selecting two large solid pillows for the inner corners of your sofa, and then setting two smaller patterned pillows in front of these. Or, you can opt for larger patterned pillows and smaller solids in the front to cut out some of the busyness of the patterns.

Tie together with color or size.

If you’re more a fan of having varying patterns and fabrics rather than solid colors on your throw pillows, you can still bring multiple designs together—so long as you tie them together with one color that makes an appearance throughout. Even when patterns differ, they can often find cohesiveness when united by a single color. Alternatively, you can opt for pillows of similar size to tie together a diverse pillow selection.

Use the right amount.

You’ll want your sofa to look well accented, but you don’t want it to be so filled with pillows that you can’t find room to sit, either. How many pillows you get depends on sofa size and what kind of look you are going for. Many interior designers recommend have five throw pillows, using a 2 + 2 + 1 ratio for guidance. This ratio involves placing two larger patterned pillows at the outer corners; two smaller, less bold pillows in front of these and closer to the center; and then finally one pillow of interest in the very center of the couch. If you’re going for a more modern look, you should consider opting for fewer, larger pillows, in an odd number so that things don’t look quite so traditional.