Yes You Can Mix Throw Pillows, Try These 3 Steps

Have you seen all the photos of in magazines couches with all the gorgeous throw pillows that look like they were just casually thrown together, but you know that’s not the case.

coordinating throw pillows

What’s their secret and how can you duplicate this look in your own home? There are three easy steps to mix and match throw pillows like the pros. Mixing up your throw pillows is one of the quickest ways to add a little bit of style that you can change with the seasons.

The other thing you might be thinking is that it’s probably expensive to have all of these different pillows. You can see an easy tutorial for making envelope pillow covers. Envelope pillow covers are washable and easy to make (in about 30 minutes).

Three Steps to Choose Throw Pillows Like A Pro

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choosing throw pillows
  • Step 1 – Choose an Inspiration Piece – In my living room the thing that inspires the color is NOT the paint. It’s the rug. I’ve written a lot about how to choose the right area rug for each room. For me, it’s one of the biggest design choices. For you, your inspiration might be a piece of art, or your colorful drapes or a chair. It should be one of the things in your room that you like the best. You can read more about choosing an inspiration piece and your color palette here.
  • Step 2 – Identify Three Colors – Write down the three colors that are part of your inpsiration piece. They can be neutral if your room doesn’t have a lot of color. For example, in a neutral room the pillows that might coordinate are white, oatmeal and tiny bit of black.
  • Step 3 – Choose THREE Different Pillow Cover Patterns – To choose your three coordinating fabrics take a picture of your inspiration piece. If you’re shopping on your computer, either hold the picture up next to the computer/phone or share it to your computer and keep that where you can see it while you shop. You’ll be amazed at how you can see a fabric next to your inpsiration piece and decide whether it loosk right you you or not. I like to mix fabric patterns and sizes using combinations like these:
    • Stripe – Solid – Floral
    • Stripe – Solid- Dot
    • Solid – Large Geometric Pattern – Small Geometric Pattern
    • Solie – Plaid – Floral

The trick is that you choose three fabrics where the pattern is a different scale. For example, a large check with a smaller stripe. There is something magic about using three different fabrics together. It’s something called the rule of threes by decorators.

If you feel like you have no skill when it comes to mixing the patterns, there’s a shortcut. Got to ETSY and they have coordinated pillows for you if you find the big pillow sellers (I’ve listed a few below). They mix and match the patterns for you. Here are a few examples from some of my favorite sellers

ElemenoPillow Blue – These fabrics coordinate if your color scheme is blue, camel and cream. Choose three you like and they go together.

blue and oatmeal throw pillows

ElemenoPillowNeutral – This is just one of many groupings if you want to stick with neutrals.

neutral pillows

Our Pillow Studio – This is another seller with hundreds of choices. They can suggest pillows that go together. in any color combination Here are their reds that complement each other, but you can choose any color(s) that you like.

red throw pillows

The next time you are shopping for throw pillows, try using this three-step process. Choose an inspiration piece in your room, find three colors using that inspiration and then select three coordinating fabrics. If you want help, share a picture of your room in the comments.

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