For an instant makeover, add a throw pillow or two or even three! I love pillows…their wonderful for cuddling with, napping on, pulling a room’s color scheme together – it’s all about pillows for me!
Three or five pillows create a pleasing asymmetry without cluttering the sofa. For a casual air, try two pillows in one corner with a third at the opposite end.
|Punctuate with Pillows|
Diana of Fox Interiors explains, “A fresh, creative and inexpensive approach to decorating is with the use of pillows — lots and lots of pillows! Pillows come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, colors and fabrics, textures and patterns. Pillows are a powerful decorating tool that can instantly enliven a room, create a stylish look or offer the perfect finishing touch.
Using pillows to decorate your home will brighten and soften the space. If you have a sofa or a chair that’s looking a little worn, adding attractive accent pillows can give the piece a new appearance, some added texture and a splash of color. If you love beautiful bed pillows, stack or layer them two or three deep against the headboard. Decorative shams, pretty pillowcases and coordinating accent pillows are an impressive part of an enticing bed design and create a cozy, relaxed atmosphere.
Don’t be afraid to mix various styles, shapes or sizes of pillows… they can all work together. Needlepoint, fabric, tapestry, silkscreen and monogram — some with ornate fringe, braid, buttons and tassels, some without — some in vintage, aged fabrics and some in crisp, fresh cottons — some in sophisticated, delicate silk and some in rich, durable ultra suede. With the mixture of so many options, pillows create artful centerpieces to spice up any room with interest and personality.
There’s magic in mixing contrasting shapes, appealing colors and inspired patterns. It’s quick, attractive and fun. Decorate with pillows!!”
Let’s get inspired by looking at some wonderful rooms showcasing pillows…as well as some pillows from our favorite coastal businesses
Pillow Talk – A room with a neutral palette provides a blank canvas for hot-colored accessories such as shown in this Coastal Living photo. The bright orange really pops again the neutral canvas.
|Pillow Talk idea – Coastal Living|
Swordfish Print – I just love this bright & fun Swordfish Print Pillow from the Postage Print Collection. This awesome pillow is available at COTTAGE – A Coastal Cottage Store.
Relax – Do you need a reminder to rest and relax? Here’s the perfect pillow for you! This Summer’s Edge Relax pillow will transform any room into a light and airy beach cottage escape! Chambray blues and country reds take on a nautical feel in a classic patchwork pattern.
Paula’s Porch – Located in Savannah’s famed historic district, Paula S. Wallace’s second-story porch represents outdoor living at its best. “I like to place sofas and chairs at interesting angles to create energy and artful ambience,” Paula says. Colorful throw pillows also add some zip…Paula writes in Perfect Porches: Designing Welcome Spaces for Outdoor Living.
|Paula’s Porch – Southern Living Magazine|
Blue Velvet Nautilus – This yummy dark blue velvet seaside pillow with a white embroidered detailed nautilus shell is available from our friend, Caron, at Caron’s Beach House!
|Blue Velvet Nautilus from Caron’s Beach House|
Sea Star – This needlepoint pillow is made by individual artisans in their homes. The work is meticulous taking days to finish. This nautical work of art is available from Newport Nautical Decor.
|Newport Nautical Decor offers this fabulous Starfish pillow|
Blue Heron – Natural linen pillow with down insert is a stunning addition to any coastal cottage home and is available from Outer Banks Trading Group.
|Blue Heron available at Outer Banks Trading|
Distinctive Pillows – Vintage tea towels and napkins with tears or stains can be recycled into distinctive accent pillows for a window seat. Visit Country Living to find out how to create your own pillows!
|Make your own Vintage look Pillows! Country Living|
Seagull – Cottage Home Maine offers this delightful Seagull Hooked Pillow which was hand hooked of 100% wool.
|Hand hooked pillow – Cottage Home Maine|
Get creative! Don’t just use pillows on your chairs and couches – scatter oversized pillows around the fireplace or coffee table for comfy extra seating. Mix and match several decorative pillows in a window seat for an inviting atmosphere or for a fun, unexpected surprise set small accessory pillows in dining room chairs.
Life’s A Beach – Enjoy!