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

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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Creating the Ultimate Guest Bedroom

Which room should be the most relaxing and enjoyable room in the house? If you said the guest bedroom, you are correct! We always want to make sure our guests feel at home. The guest bedroom is one of the most crucial rooms in the house to keep in tiptop shape so that we can ensure a comfortable relaxing stay. There are many different items you can include in the décor to really have your guest bedroom rise above the rest, but we condensed it to six essentials.

Basket of Magazines



The first essential item that really just brings a calming feel is a basket of magazines to pick up a light read. Always keep your magazines that come through the mail, so if your guest would like to take a magazine home with them, they can. Keep a variety of different magazines; different things appeal to different people. Don’t forget about the basket though! Pick something that goes with the rest of the room and any “theme” you might have going in the guest bedroom. Just be creative and make it look pretty.

Hangers Are Key



We love the idea of having extra hangers in their closet for them just like a hotel. It has a very vacationing feel, and it’s extremely convenient. Try to leave about eight hangers in the closet for your guests.  They will be impressed and very satisfied when it comes to the end of their stay.

Extra Blankets & Pillows



This is critical because that’s the number one question guests tend to ask: if you have a blanket. Don’t make them ask. Give them extra. Make sure the blankets and extra sheets are always clean and smell nice!

A Full-Length Mirror



Everyone loves full-length mirrors. We could all probably stand in front of one all day. We want to be able to see our whole outfit all put together. We’re sure you can understand the simple joy and happiness you’re bringing to your guest when you put a full-length mirror in the guest room. They will love it!

The Bedside Table Essentials



I grouped everything on the bedside table into one category: the bedside table essentials. There are four crucial items necessary for the night stand including books, an alarm clock, lamp, and the Wi-Fi password. Any books will do; remember, different genres appeal to different people. You never know when someone’s in the mood for some midnight reading.

You’re going to need an alarm clock on there, because you don’t want them having to reach for their phone or look at their watch every time they would like to know what time it is. It’s just inconvenient. You also want them to be able to wake up to the radio if they would like. This convenience is the same for the lamp as well. You need a cool lamp that spices up the room with style, but one that is extremely functional. This might be the most used piece in the whole guest bedroom.

Last but not least is the Wi-Fi password. Not many people think about this, but if you have it already set out in front of them, your guests will love you for it. With the social media being so big nowadays, it is just nice to leave it out for them. You can put it in a nice frame and make it look more like a piece of artwork.




Flowers are half for décor and half to add a scent. We have a recent post on how to make the perfect flower arrangement that you can read here. Flower arrangements have a classic, beautiful effect in a room. They work in every area of a room to make the space look softer and more relaxed. It helps that they smell so nice and fresh as well to give a calm soothing effect.

Well, there are our six essentials to conquering the guest bedroom like a pro and making it the ultimate space. Very simple. Very easy. Add this here; add this there. Just to acknowledge all the items again, we have a basket full of magazines, extra closet hangers, extra blankets and sheets, a full-length mirror, the bedside table essentials, and flowers. Your guests will be very impressed and extremely satisfied! We’re sure of it!


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