Pillow Placement 101: Mastering The Art Of Styling Pillows In Your Home

Adding accessories to your home, and styling them well is a way of adding tiny details and providing a sense of beauty to the environment. Similar to the cherry on top of a sundae, artfully styled pillows have the power to enhance the visual appeal of a bed or sofa, making it more inviting. 

Learning to style your pillows just like the beautifully styled ones we see on social media might seem like a hard task, especially seeing as there are so many different colors, shapes, textures, and sizes of pillows to choose from. It’s not as hard as it seems though, and all you need are a few basic tips to get you started. 

This article presents a compilation of tips to assist you in progressing from an amateur to a pro in the art of styling pillows.

Why Do We Need To Style Pillows? 

When you accessorize with throw pillows, it is one way to express your creativity and add flair and style into the room without having to spend a lot of money. You can decide to express your creativity with the other elements of the room, like getting a custom drapery set made. If you end up hating it though, that is a lot of money already spent that you can’t get back.

Luxury pillows are a safe way to let the creative side of you out and play with various décor styles to beautify your room. They come in various shapes, such as square pillows, lumbar pillows, circular pillows, and other uniquely shaped ones. 

While choosing the pillows you sleep with, it is important to choose a pillow that will be comfortable for you and not cause body or neck pain upon waking up. After all, the primary function of pillows is to provide comfort and relief for us while sleeping. 

Helpful Tips On How To Style Pillows Like A Pro   

To start with, you should know that your decorative pillows are different from your sleeping pillows. And styling the pillows that you sleep with is not such a good idea. This is because they naturally would have become flat from constant use. This inability to retain their shape and ‘puff’ does not give aesthetically pleasing results at all. 

When arranging your pillows for styling, you can simply hide the sleeping pillows behind the arrangement to maintain the desired final look. Other things that you can do to help you style your pillows like a pro include: 

Use A Bigger Insert Than The Pillow Cover To Achieve Maximum Fluff

To enhance the attractiveness and plumpness of your pillows, place pillow inserts inside covers that are one size smaller than the pillows. For example, if your pillow insert is 22 inches, then you can use a pillow cover that is 20 inches big. This will make the insert fit snugly into the cover and look good. 

Work With A Color Scheme To Achieve Your Goals

When you are decorating your home, you can use colors to achieve a harmonious feel or to do something dramatic. For example, in a room, there are dominant and minor colors. The colors that occur most often in the room are the major colors, while minor colors can just be little splashes of color in some paintings, or the colors of the print on the rug. 

To create a harmonious atmosphere, choose a minor color to serve as the anchor for your decorative pillows. You can decide to work with colors that are close to your anchor color on the color wheel, or the anchor color itself. 

To do something dramatic and bold, you can use throw pillows as a way to add a pop of color to the room. For example, in a room that is only made up of neutral colors, choosing to throw pillows in non-neutral colors will add a fresh feel. 

No matter what you do though, try to make sure that your color palette reflects your individuality and your creative expression.  

Layer Your Pillows

Layering involves using pillows of various sizes and shapes. A good rule of thumb is to work your way from the inside out by reducing the size of the pillows. To determine the base size to start with, consider the size of the couch or bed you’re decorating. For example, with a regular-sized sofa, you can start with a square pillow of about 20 inches, then work your way down from there. You can also layer pillows of different shapes. Doing this can add more depth to the arrangement. 

Be Intentional About The Number Of Pillows You Use

Although there is no strict rule regarding the number of pillows to decorate your sofa or bed with, it is crucial to select an appropriate quantity to achieve a cohesive look. The correct number of pillows for you will depend on if you are a minimalist or a maximalist.

 The goal of styling throw pillows on a couch or a bed is to complement it though, not overwhelm it, so it is important that you don’t overdo it. If visitors have to take some pillows off of the couch before they can sit on it, this might be a sign that you’ve gone overboard. 

You should however always remember that a small group of large pillows looks more attractive than a jumble of small pillows. Grouping pillows is an effective technique for introducing contrast and texture to the arrangement. Usually, interior decorators like to work in groups of odd numbers when grouping any form of décor or accessories. 

Experiment With Patterns And Textures

Feel free to experiment with various patterns and textures in your arrangement. Textures can range from smooth to rough and everything that is in between. Selecting pillows made of diverse fabrics, such as velvet, sequined material, faux fur, linen, and knitted pillows, can add depth and enhance the visual appeal of your arrangement.

In choosing patterns, you can choose to work with odd numbers again, choosing three different patterns that have at least one color in common. A combination of one floral pillow, one geometric pillow, and one solid-colored pillow is a visually appealing pattern combination.  


The essence of styling and accessorizing is to add a sense of beauty to our environments. Throw pillows are accessories that have the power to elevate the look and feel of a room and make it look more appealing and lived in. 

As with any skill, mastering the art of styling pillows in your home comes with practice and repetition. As with any skill, mastering the art of styling pillows in your home comes with practice and repetition. Layering your pillows and experimenting with different patterns and textures are also helpful tips you can follow.