While selecting a good throw pillow is not rocket science, there is loads to consider. Why? A throw pillow is not just for the pretties. It can provide you much-needed back support, but at the same time, one too many can easily throw comfort out the window.
So let's dive into the know-hows to buying the right throw pillow, with tips that tell you how many are right, what size they should be, and how to practically use them for decorating.
The Technical Aspect
A couple more in smaller sizes won't hurt, but they should not eat into seating space. If you have to move the pillows to get comfortable, you know there are way too many on the couch. The same goes for your bed.
A well-stuffed cushion can provide the epitome of comfort, and a bad one can cause you to develop a backache. The best choice would be cushions with down or feather. Other fillings usually flatten over time and no amount of fluffing up can save them.
If you are looking for an alternative to down or feathers, polyester fill or poly fill is a great option. Such pillows are also machine washable and do not lose their shape or softness easily.
Choose shapes based on your requirement as well as the shape of the sofa/chair you are going to put the pillows on. While it is not mandatory, a round cushion on a roundish sofa does look nice.
Ensure that the pillows are to scale with the furniture you are buying them for, be it a couch, a bed or a single chair. Not only do over-sized pillows look bad, they will ensure that you never sit comfortably on that piece of furniture.
Next, the fabric should be in sync with the material of the couch. Not that it should match, but imagine a silk cover on a silk sofa, and all you're trying to do is stop yourself from sliding down it.
When choosing the fabric, consider the usage of the pillows. Luxurious materials like silk and velvet can get easily damaged with daily use, more so if you have kids. The most sturdy material is cotton or polyester. And the designs and patterns available with these are endless.
The Decorative Aspect
Decorating with throw pillows is LOTS of fun. There are so many ways you can experiment, and there's so much you can do. From plain, neutral throw pillows to those with big, bold, and vibrant patterns, the options are endless. And guess what? There's absolutely no formula to decorating with these.
Or as random as this ...
For those who are scared of venturing into this world of decorating with throw pillows on their own, here's some inspiration.
And because a mix and match of patterns are not needed everywhere, this outdoor seating chooses to have only solid-colored throw pillows, which look simply charming.