Designer’s Guide: Pillow Bootcamp

What’s the importance of pillows in a room? We’re glad you asked! Pillows are often easily overlooked as a last thought when designing, but truth is, they shouldn’t be! They’re both functional and decorative. If you think about it, you can place pillows and cushions in just about every room of the house (other than the kitchen and bathroom). So why not pay them more attention?

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How do we give pillows the love they need? First, by placing them correctly! There are some tried-and-true pillow combinations that will always look magazine-ready on your styled bed. Plus, you need to make sure the color combinations complement, not clash, each other. For the perfect picture, make sure to give them a chop: fluff the pillow, pull the corners out, then give a light karate chop in the middle. As long as you stay around these size guides and ratios, your couch will look like it has been professionally styled.

bedroom bed pillow placement

A master guide on bed pillow placement.

Now that you have the placement picked that suites you, time to focus on the colors and textures! Pillows can be your first step towards choosing a color scheme or match the existing decor. You can definitely have some fun here, mixing the sheen of fabrics, textures, and patterns. We know this can seem pretty overwhelming, but don’t freight. Here are some pre-thought-out pillow combos that are affordable for the wallet and pretty to the eye! Pick the one you fancy most and either click the source links or source similar ones in stores near you!

peach, beach pillows

Peachy, beachy vibes!

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Back 1

Middle 1

Front 1

teal knit and handmade pillows

A down-to-earth boho look.

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Back 2

Middle 2

Front 2

orange and blue pillows

Complementary color schemes are always a go-to.

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Back 3

Front 3

white and blue pillows

A more modern look with a touch of traditional.

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Back 4

Front 4

Look into unique shapes for the front layer to match your style, too!


Adding color, texture and pattern is always a plus!


Layering is always a good idea.


Whether you’re looking to upgrade your bedroom or living room, we have some more tips for you! In the living room, the couch size you have determines the appropriate amount of pillows to place. While it’s sooo easy to pick up any pillow you enjoy looking at, be careful! It’s crazy to believe that you actually CAN have too many pillows!

loveseat pillow placement

Three pillows are great for a loveseat.

couch pillow placement

Probably the most pillows you should allow on the couch.

sectional pillow placement

Sectionals are big, which means lots of pillows!

Hopefully, you found this blog to be super helpful! We know it’s a lot of information, so be sure to save for next time.

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transitional living room design

If your couch is particularly plush already, don’t worry about having too many pillows!


Adding pops of color + we love a good textured bolster pillow.


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Living Room Perfection: Start From Scratch!

When thinking about what to do with your living room space, you must first decide on your style. What is your style? You have to take the time to find the look that you want to create which will tell what exactly your style is, and whatever look you go for, do your research.

Take cuttings from magazines, create a Pinterest board, or even pull your favorite items together in a moodboard on something like Houzz. This will help prevent any costly design errors or choices, and keep you on track whilst you’re shopping. It will also help you decide on exactly what you want your living room to look like!

Think Of The Family



Once you have your style picked out and have a vision for your space, you can begin making arrangements. First, you have to remember to make it friendly. This part isn’t always easy, but think about how to accommodate all of the family, particularly the young people, when designing your room. Give them their own seating. Beanbags or little chairs are great, and ensure they feel part of the family. Making sure fabrics and materials are washable or can be wiped clean will help keep the room looking good too.

Have tables at the right height for play, and avoid sharp edges. Keep breakables out of reach for young children too. However, if young people are not a part of your equation and you want to keep your living room as a formal space, feel free to use all of the sharp edges that you please!

Consider The Lighting



Next, you’ll need to make the most of the light that you have. You can do this in several ways. If you have large windows allow as much light to flood into the room as possible, but if you aren’t blessed with such features, you need to trick the space into feeling lighter. Use light reflecting paints, gloss surfaces, or glass and perpex furniture. Remember to add a mirror opposite of the window if you can to help bounce light around the room, and if you can remove a door or create a walkway through to the next room, this will also help.

Don’t forget to add lighting to your design too. Accent lighting, task lighting and table lamps all help to create a certain atmosphere in the room, and keep it cozy and welcoming. Harsh lighting will make the space feel uninviting and cold, so try to avoid too many overhead lights.

Fixate A Focal Point



A living room space will benefit from a focal point. In this room, the focal point is usually a fireplace, but if you don’t have one, it might be the window or the sofa or even a light fixture from the ceiling. You might not want a huge stag head above, but create the wow factor with one piece that draws the eye into the room, and this will help to set the tone for the rest of the decor. It will really give your living room some focus, and it can be great help in designing the remainder of the space.

Make It Comfy



It goes without saying that a great living room design needs comfortable seating. When you have a young family you don’t always want to spend huge amounts of money on this, knowing it might get wrecked in a few years, but you still want the best seating that you can find. Make sure that it is comfortable for everyone, and made with quality material, so that you can get your money’s worth!

Plan For Storage



Lastly, a well-designed family home needs plenty of great storage, and the living room is no exception! There are lots of ways to incorporate storage into the room. Think about shelving for books and accessories, coffee tables with drawers, or even poufs with hidden storage. Be creative with your storage, upcycling old pieces of furniture and giving them new leases of life.


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