How to Decorate With Throw Pillows
If you are planning to redecorate and brighten up your living room, bedroom or any spaces within your house, but have limited budget, then throw cushions might be your answer.
Throw cushions or sometimes called throw pillows or scatter pillows, if used properly, can help coordinate the design elements in your room. It will also add the continuity in your color, texture and design scheme. But best of all, they are versatile and inexpensive.
How you decorate with throw cushions, depend on the style of your room.
Check Your Interior Design Style
Your interior design style can be a Classical, Contemporary, Retro, Asian, Mediterranean, Ethnic or English Country style. Choose cushion design that matches your existing style.
Let's say yours is a contemporary design style.
I guess you can define contemporary design as a style that is current or happening today.
In the above photo, silky and velvety throw cushions were used on a settee sofa that was upholstered in dark brown silk material. This style, which is contemporary now, in a particular country, may not be the case in other countries.
Therefore, if you are planning to do a contemporary design style, look at local magazines, expensive designer shops or product brochures. These will give you some ideas of what is current, trendy and contemporary, in your area.
Therefore, look at your existing furniture and color scheme and decide which style it belongs to. Buy throw cushions that reflect this.
Throw Cushions Come in Many Designs
Throw pillows or cushions are available in various styles, shapes, and colors. You will also find them in various fabrics, from simple to luxurious materials. Some may even be adorned with sequins, embroidery and other trimmings.
Choose those that will blend well with your existing furniture and by the style of your room.
Some of these throw pillows are made to be more functional rather than decorative. The cover can be unzipped and removed for washing. These are usually of durable cotton so that you can wash them in the washing machine and not dry cleaned. They are no less attractive as the luxurious cushions that use silk, wool or velvet.
These are great if you have kids. You don't have to worry too much as they are hard-wearing.
As a Focal Point
Use your throw pillows as the focal point in a room or to add flair to the room.
In the above photo, the richly decorated cushions in blue contrasted well with the white and gray room and the furniture colors. The moment you enter the room, these cushions will command your attention.
This mishmash makes a highly effective decoration style, which is pleasing to your eye.
Throw Pillows Sizes and Shapes
As mentioned earlier, throw pillows come in various sizes and shapes. Depending on how you use these cushions, the small size can be added as an accent to the other cushions. The bigger sized cushions can be the backrest for a wide settee or use as a floor cushion. You can use this floor cushion as you would with a bean bag.
They also come in many shapes, from square to bolster pillow shape. The above photo shows some examples of the many sizes and shapes that you can use to accentuate your style.
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As described earlier, fabrics for throw pillows can be from the most humble cotton to the most expensive silk, brocade or wool to designer fabrics.
When you choose the fabric, remember what and where you will be using it. If it is in the living room, you may want to go for the formal silk or velvet. If it is the kid's room, then a child-friendly material such as the durable cotton will be easier to manage and wash.
Cushions on Sofa
Your sofa and armchair can take one or two throw cushions, depending on the size. In the photo above, a bigger cushion was added to the back and another smaller cushion as an accent.
Be Creative & Different
You can add personality and color to your room, by being different. In the above photo, the throw pillows were placed on the shelves, behind the stool. Be creative and don't be afraid to experiment.
Throw Cushions & Pillows for Bedroom
Throw cushions and pillows can change and add character to your bedroom. Simply place them in various sizes and color (matching your room décor style of course) on both the bed and bed stool. This will give a big impact on your bedroom.
Have Fun Decorating with Throw Cushions
As you can see, a simple change or addition of throw cushions can make a big difference to your living spaces.
Don't restrict your creativity to just indoor areas. You can also have them outdoors, on your patio or by the pool. Use hard wearing and durable materials such as thick cotton, denim, canvas or calico. How you decorate with throw cushions can turn your outdoor area into an informal and relaxed atmosphere for any functions.
Enjoy and have fun buying and decorating your home with these throw cushions.
Note: All photos were taken at Janine, Townhouse and BritishIndia, at Great Eastern Mall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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