I wanted to share with you a post I recently wrote for Homes.com. If you are sick and tired of your room’s decor, never fear because I have an easy fix for you! To get a completely fresh look, all you need to do is change out your throw pillows and a few accessories. Don’t believe me? Well let me show you how I achieved two very different looks on a very tight budget.
To achieve this, I purchased decorative pillows in nautical colors which were on sale at Macys. These pillows were still a bit pricey even on clearance.
I used a white throw to soften the corner of the couch and a fun blue birdcage filled with old books and starfish. When layering throw pillows, consider having a mix of sizes, prints, and textures. The navy pillow is a solid color but has a beautiful ruffly look that gives it much more interest than an untextured pillow. The smaller pillow has a three dimensional quality to it that plays off of the blue hue in the birdcage. With a very limited amount of pillows and accessories we’re able to create a personality to this space.
But what if you’re just not feeling nautical any longer and you want a completely different look? Keep reading to find out how to make easy designer pillows at a fraction of the cost!
For my next look, I wanted a space with more energy, so I chose primary colors in vintage-inspired florals. I achieved this look using…are you ready for it?
…a placemat and some cloth napkins!
Placemats and napkins make fantastic pillows because they are already hemmed for you. All you have to do is place a pillow form inside the fabric and do a little bit of sewing.
To create the smaller pillow, I purchased a Vera Neumann placemat and used a seam ripper to open up one side.
Once opened, I placed a small pillow form inside and sewed it shut by hand.
For the larger pillow, I sewed two Vera Daffodil napkins together on three sides, placed a pillow form inside, and stitched the last side up by hand. Voila! Designer looking pillows at a fraction of the cost!
To add a punch of playfulness to the room, I layered some extra Vera napkins on the coffee table and added some fun accessories.
My mission is accomplished! I was able to create two completely different looks in the same room with a little ingenuity and savvy shopping! If I can do it, so can you.
Here are some other quick tips for decorating with throw pillows:
- Vary your pillows by size, texture, print, and style for the most eye pleasing arrangement. Your pillows do not have to match but should blend and work together.
- If you’re not sure where to begin in choosing your throw pillows, use a piece of artwork in the room to glean color inspiration. Pick a few colors from your art and then find various prints and patterns that reflect the same palette.
- Down filled pillows are squishier and will look fuller than polyfilled pillows but down/feather filled pillows will be pricier.
- Don’t forget that napkins and placemats make excellent pillow covers and that bed pillows can be cut to size to fill your homemade throw pillows.
How abou you? Do you have any favorite throw pillow tips and tricks to share?