Accent pillows are amongst the design details that give a beautifully designed room nuance and personality. Small in scale, and relatively inexpensive, modern throw pillows nevertheless have the power to create impact through shape, color, texture, and pattern. Buying designer pillows is also great fun, so it’s easy to buy impulsively. But there’s every reason to buy designer throw pillows thoughtfully and smartly. Consider the following questions when shopping for modern throw pillows.
The beauty of designer pillows is that you don’t have to go overboard with them. A couch with two decorative modern pillows will look beautifully dressed, providing the pillows are carefully chosen to complement and contrast the other elements in the room. So, there’s no reason to go crazy with the number you buy; rather, focus on the quality and visual impact of two to three.
Square and oblong pillows are the most common, but there’s a whole range of pillow shapes from which to choose, with no particular shape being better than another. The key is to focus on variety, both in terms of pattern and materials, but also in terms of shape and size. If you’re creating a statement with two or more accent pillows, mix the shapes up to create interesting overlapping arrangements. Variation in the size creates visual interest and richness in the same way that any decorative objects or furniture are made more interesting by a combination of sizes and shapes.
Yes, size and scale matters with pillows in the same way that it does with most other design elements in a room or space. The size of decorative pillows should be informed by the size of the couch, bed or chair against which your decorative throw pillows are arranged. Pillows that are too big or too small, no matter how beautiful, will lose some of their visual power when scale and context is not taken into consideration. When it comes to decorative throw pillows, size is relative.