While there are those high-level rules for arranging throw pillows, how it comes to life can depend upon your preferred interior design style. That’s right: your preferred design style can help dictate how you arrange throw pillows! Below, we have a few different arrangement approaches that suit different design styles—and sofa styles.
If you favor traditional interior design, you’ll definitely want to go with a symmetrical arrangement. We love using the coordinating pillows that came with your sofa as a base when you arrange pillows. From there, work from the outside, in. Incorporate a mix of traditional patterns and colors—like the floral and geometric prints, above.
When choosing the colors and patterns of your throw pillows, consider the other pieces of furniture and decor in your space, and try to pull in some of the same colors. Above, we used the orange of the accent chairs and pulled in some orange in the center throw pillow on the sofa. And, while different floral patterns, the blues in both the throw pillows on the chairs and the sofa tie in with the wall color, helping create a sense of cohesiveness in the space. These patterns also tie in with the botanical prints on the wall and the floral motif of the rug—proof that you can mix and match floral patterns without a space feeling too granny or too eclectic!
For minimalists, less is always more. And that rule definitely applies to how you arrange pillows on your sofa. In a minimal interior design scheme, there’s no need to stuff a sofa with pillows! Instead, keep it simple by picking only two or three throw pillows—though we particularly like three so you can create an asymmetrical arrangement.
Above, we went with matching throw pillows in each corner of the sofa and then added one in a contrasting color. This adds comfort and a pop of color and texture, without taking over the space. While we went for only solid colors in this space—we wanted the patterns in the art above the sofa to do the talking—you could certainly go for throw pillows with a more obvious texture or pattern. We also used the wall art to guide the color choices we made for the throw pillows in the living room above.
In a bohemian space, you can get away with a more over-the-top, maximalist approach to pillow arranging. So, don’t be afraid to mix tons of patterns, colors, and textures! This is also a great place to layer on those pom poms and tassels! Once you have your mix of throw pillows chosen, you can simply pile them on your sofa without too much consideration of having a perfect, specific placement for each pillow. Just keep in mind the pattern scale and size rules from earlier in this post!
With an eclectic interior design style like this, it also really helps to have a cohesive color scheme or moments of coordination to keep the look from feeling chaotic. In fact, in the room above we opted for matching pillows on each of the accent chairs, and used that same pillow on the sofa to help tie together and ground the eclectic mix of patterns and colors.
Arranging pillows on a sectional sofa can be an especially daunting task. Not only do you have each end of the sofa to consider, but you also have an extra corner in the middle! But arranging throw pillows on a sectional isn’t as difficult as you might think. Really, it’s all about working in the corners.
We recommend using two or three pillows in each grouping. Start by anchoring each group with a dark, solid color. Then, layer in patterns and pops of accent colors. We like keeping the ends more symmetrical and introducing a pop of something different in the middle nook!
You can see how we did that in the image above, where we actually used matching pillows in each corner—the same solid and patterned pillow in each grouping. But we added an extra solid-colored pillow on the left for a slightly asymmetrical look, and added a pop of yellow pattern in the middle, which ties in with the wall color and art! That’s a good basic approach—but you can always pull in more or less depending on your style!