Choosing Decorative Throw Pillows

To Enhance A Room

Choosing the right decorative pillows is crucial in bringing a complete look together. Discover the best way to arragange your decor by following tips from our in-house Interior Designer Martha Gutierrez. Learn something new every week and sign up for our news letter to recieve DH Tips along with exclusive new offers & arrivals!


Consider Size

Standard squares (about 18 inches) nest neatly on sofas with typical dimensions. Oversize pillows (24 inches) create a more casual, loungey feel. If you have a modern sofa with a ver low back, consider pillows of 16 inches.



Know About Fill

A feather-and-down fill has more squish, and it’s also the priciest. Foam and other synthetic fills are stiffer. They hold their shape but look less plush.


Use An Odd Number Of Pillows

In design, off numbers tend to be more artful. Try one, three, or five, depending on the size of your furniture and the look you want (one for a chair, three or five for a standard 88-inch sofa.)



Create A Mixed “Pillowscape”

An easy combo: a matched pair of square solids that contrasts with the color of your sofa, one oblong pillow for the center of the couch, and two interesting outliers – patterned embellished, or oddly shaped – that reference either the color of your upholstery or the color of your solid pillows.


Don’t Forget About Texture

Tactile contrast- nubby linen against smoother leather or silk upholstery, or shiny pillows on a fuzzy couch- add warmth and offer traction, so pillows don’t slide off seats.



Address The Whole Room

Think of a living room’s pillows as a family. The pillow on a chair doesn’t have to match the group on the sofa, but if it relates in some way – palette, style – the space feels unifies and polished.




By: Martha Gutierrez

Interior & Commercial Designer