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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5 Minutes To Clean Up!

     We all don’t have time once a week to clear our schedule purely for cleaning purposes even though we could really use it, but we all do have 5 minutes. To keep things tidy, there are a few cleaning tricks you can tackle within 5 minutes that will cover the things we don’t think to cover in the few days we do have to clean. Because these spots never cross our mind, make sure to take care of these when you have 5 minutes to spare!

Freshen Up Your Garbage Disposal



Get rid of that stinky garbage disposal smell! Throw in some lemon peels and a tad bit of rosemary and turn that baby on. It will get rid of any slight smell that might be coming from the disposal and replace it with a fresh scent. If it’s too overwhelming though, just run water to wash out the remnants, and it will smell good as new.

Use the Dishwasher For Stuff Other Than Dishes



Collect all different items that don’t get cleaned very much, such as plastic hairbrushes, kid toys, dog toys, etc. Think about all those items and how many germs they must have on them since we don’t clean those very often. Throw them in the dishwasher! They’re plastic. They’re allowed in there.

The Baking Soda Trick



I’m sure you’re wondering what the baking soda trick is. Well, sprinkle baking soda on everything (carpet, sofa, pillows, drapes,…whatever). Go back over it and vacuum it all up. It takes no time at all and it will make your home instantly smell fresh like you spent the whole day cleaning!!

Use Rubber Gloves For Pet Fur



Do you spend so much time vacuuming and trying to pick up the mounds of shed animal fur? We have an easy solution for you. Put on a rubber dishwashing glove, dampen it a little bit, and wipe right over it! Boom! It’s magical how this trick works.

Clean Electronics



No one ever thinks about how much we use our electronics, how much time we spend with them in our hands, or how many germs are on each and every electronic we own. Take a couple minutes going through the house and just wiping the TV remote, your phone, the laptop, etc. with an alcohol wipe to get rid of those germs that have built up. While you’re at it, even though it isn’t an electronic, germs build up like crazy on your purse. Take a quick wipe to the bottom and the sides and do your best to clean the inside as well.

Lint Roll Everything



Last but not least, you can do this while just walking around in your house. Keep a lint roller in hand and just roll it on lamps, pillows, drapes, and purses, anything as you’re walking by. Quick, fast, and easy!

All these tasks will take a maximum of 5 minutes! No stress. No hard work. Just take a quick swipe here and there, and you’re done!


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