How to Arrange Your Sofa Throw Pillows

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They might seems like a small, insignificant detail, but sofa throw pillows are one of my favorite parts of any design project and can make a huge impact.  You probably love the look of a well assembled grouping of throw pillows, but have struggled to bring the right elements together to create the look in your own home.

I’ve put together a few simple formulas to help you create beautiful combinations of throw pillows that will elevate your living room in a flash.

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How to Arrange Your Sofa Throw Pillows #1 -  Solid + Small Geometric + Floral Accent

This is a tried and true classic formula for creating a harmonious throw pillow arrangement on your sofa.  I like to start at the back with a larger pillow (usually 24” square) in a solid accent color that is found in a few small places in the room.  The color should also contrast a lot with the color of your sofa fabric.  

Next, in front of the solid pillow, is a slightly smaller (about 2” - 4” smaller) pillow with a small scale geometric or organized pattern.  The coloring in this pillow should contrast with the solid pillow behind it.  Remember with every layer, you are looking for contrast.  

And finally, I like to finish with a smaller rectangular  (approximately 16” x 24”) accent pillow, in a more organic or floral pattern.  I like for the pattern to be a larger scale, and for the coloring to incorporate several  of the colors found in the room.

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How to Arrange Your Sofa Throw Pillows #2 - Simple Long Lumbar with Pattern

For any of you that might struggle with understanding the purpose of a decorative throw pillow pile cluttering up your favorite TV watching spot, this tip is for you: use 1 single, long lumbar throw pillow for your sofa - and that’s it!  How perfectly simple.  If you choose a patterned fabric that has a lot of contrast from your sofa color, their will still be plenty of cozy interest.  This is one of those cases where less can definitely be more!

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How to Arrange Your Sofa Throw Pillows #3 - Bold Stripe + Floral/Organic

The final throw pillow arrangement is one of my favorites - it’s always fun and not so serious.  You’ll start with a bold, graphic striped pillow at the back.  In front of that, layer in a slightly smaller pillow that has a floral pattern that coordinates with the color of the striped pillow.  Or, if floral is not your thing, try a more organic pattern that has some movement or whimsy.  Basically, any kind of pattern that is not too structured.