How to Combine Pillow Patterns

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Combining pillow patterns can add depth, texture, and visual interest to your space. Here are some tips to help you successfully mix and match pillow patterns:

Start with a Solid Foundation

Begin by selecting a solid-colored pillow as your base. This will serve as a neutral backdrop for the patterned pillows and help anchor the overall look. I love to use a solid, large pillow in either a 24×24 or 22×22 size for this spot.

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Choose a Variety of Patterns

Select pillows with different patterns to create a dynamic and layered effect. Consider incorporating a mix of geometric, floral, striped, or abstract patterns. Aim for a balance between large-scale and small-scale patterns to create visual harmony. My favorite combination is a solid pillow in the back with a medium sized large print and a smaller or lumbar pillow with a small print.

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Stick to a Color Palette

To ensure a cohesive look, choose pillows that share a common color palette. This will tie the patterns together and create a harmonious visual flow. You can opt for complementary colors, analogous colors, or even a monochromatic scheme. My home is filled with blue accents so I try to incorporate this color in all the pillows throughout my home. It may only be one or two pillows on a sofa with a tiny bit of blue but that’s really all you need to tie everything together.

Consider Texture

Don’t forget to incorporate pillows with different textures to add depth and tactile interest. Look for pillows with embellishments like embroidery, tassels, or fringe. In the cooler months I love adding in faux fur or sherpa pillows. These are also the best for watching TV! Mixing textures will enhance the overall visual and sensory experience of your space.

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Play with Placement

Experiment with different pillow placements to create a visually pleasing arrangement. Try alternating patterns, placing complementary patterns side by side, or creating a symmetrical or asymmetrical display. Don’t be afraid to rearrange and try different combinations until you find the perfect arrangement.

For a sectional sofa, I love adding a 24×24 pillow in the corner combined with a 22×22 and a 20×20 pillow. On the ends I might have a 22×22 on one end and a 22×22 pillow with a small lumbar pillow on the other side.

Use Solid Pillows as Breaks

Intersperse solid-colored pillows between patterned ones to provide visual breaks and prevent the arrangement from feeling overwhelming. Solid pillows can help balance out the patterns and create a cohesive look. I tend to keep solid colored pillow covers throughout the seasons, saving linen for the summer and faux fur and sherpa for the winter.

Consider the Overall Style

Keep in mind the overall style and theme of your space when selecting pillow patterns. If your space has a more traditional vibe, opt for classic patterns like damask or toile. For a modern or eclectic space, experiment with bold and abstract patterns.

Remember, combining pillow patterns is an opportunity to showcase your personal style and creativity. Have fun with it and trust your instincts. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns to create a unique and visually stunning arrangement. Happy pillow styling!