Looking to jazz up your entertainment space? Throw pillows for couches are all you need to liven up your living room.
Breathing life into a sad-looking sofa or lackluster living room doesn’t need to be a massive project, nor does it need to be expensive. In fact, one of the simplest and most effective ways to rejuvenate a stale space in your home is to add throw pillows for couches.
Of course, purchasing the pillows won’t be enough. You’ll also need to undertake the art of arranging them to maximize their effectiveness as accents. The good news is that, like any artform, there’s no hard and fast rule about pillow placement. However, there are a few tips you can follow to ensure your throw pillows bring out the best in your living room.
The key to versatility
Probably the most attractive thing about throw pillows for couches is that they’re extremely versatile. “Pillows, more than anything else in a room, are easy to switch out, so you can change the look and color palette,” says Bryan Mason, founder of AphroChic. Size, shape, color, and texture all play a role in how throw pillows harmonize with the rest of a room’s decor. But again, the absence of strict rules about throw pillow etiquette means you can mix and match, continually reinventing any place you want to be seen as exciting and inviting.
What makes throw pillows for couches so versatile? The answer lies in one basic guideline: Ensure your throw pillows include at least one other color found in the room. For example, if you have a sand-colored sofa in a room that also contains red artwork on the walls, use red throw pillows to tie the room together and bring the accent color out even more.
Patterns and textures
Throw pillows for couches aren’t limited to solid colors, either. Patterns and textures can make bold statements, especially when mixed and matched with one another. Take the same sand colored couch, only now we want more of an ocean theme. You can use this angel fish throw pillow as well as a pillow with this floral design because they both contain the same accent colors. In other words, your throw pillows don’t have to match in pattern, as long as they match close enough in color.
Textures, too, add another layer of depth. If your living room is rather plain, adding something like this pillow with ridges creates something more visually stimulating than if you’d used a smooth material, like satin. (Although the shine of satin adds it’s own unique accent to throw pillows.)
In short, throw pillows for couches can include many different patterns and textures, as long as the color scheme somewhat mimics what’s going on elsewhere in the room.
Size does matter
The last thing to consider regarding throw pillows for couches is the size. The standard throw pillow size is a 16″ x 16″ square, but there are options both larger and smaller, as well as pillows shaped like rectangles and even cylinders. The secret here is that all of your pillows don’t have to be the same size. You can mix and match, layering smaller pillows in front of larger ones to create depth and an eye-catching aesthetic.
Keep it clean
One final tip that may seem obvious, but we tend to overlook with our throw pillows is to make sure they stay clean! Throw pillows for couches will be moved from place to place, sat on, leaned on, hugged, and what have you. Many hands will come into contact with them, which means many germs as well. For that reason, you’ll want to establish a regular cleaning schedule for your throw pillows (and stick to it).
Washing your throw pillows is very simple. If your pillows come with a removable cover, be sure to take it off first and wash it separately from the pillow. Treat any spots that might have stains and throw the pillow in the wash on a delicate cycle. When finished, hang-dry the pillow (this will take a few hours at least), put the cover back on if applicable, and fluff it before replacing it on the couch.
Before you wash your pillows, though, be sure to read the manufacturer’s label. Some pillows can’t be washed at all, and must be spot-cleaned only. Make sure you know how to handle your pillows, so you don’t end up ruining the newest accent to your eye-popping living room!
Here are a few more of our favorite throw pillows, in case you need some more ideas:
We love the relaxed feel of this Vintage Woody Embroidered Toss Pillow.
Give your home a peaceful look with this Tie Dye Toss Pillow.
The Ripple Plush Rust Toss Pillow can liven up any room.