Happy 2018, friends! It feels so good to be back after a couple of (much needed!) weeks off in December. With the holidays behind us and the Christmas decor put away, it feels like we get to hit the reset button in January. I love the fresh start that new year brings, don't you?
On the flip side, sometimes the post-holiday winter season can be just a tad depressing. Our homes can also feel a little bit, well, bare without all of the Christmas decor, and the festive feelings we had just days ago starts to fade. One way to combat the winter blues is to freshen up some of the decor around your house, and one of my favorite ways to do that is with PILLOWS!
Swapping pillows gives you an opportunity to quickly and easily change the look of your living room without replacing anything major or breaking the bank.
It can sometimes be a little bit tricky to know how to mix sizes, shapes, colors, and patterns though - a lot of people (understandably!) panic when it comes to putting them all together. But have no fear, I've got some tips for you on how to do just that, and I've got some fabulous, pre-picked combos to kickstart your pillow refresh.
Here are four suggestions on how to mix and match pillows:
- Vary the sizes for visual interest. For example, on a sofa, choose a pair of 20" or 22" square pillows as your largest "anchors" on each end, and then layer in either a pair of smaller square pillows (20" or 18" depending on what you chose for your largest ones), or a smaller square and a rectangular one in something like a 12"x20" size.
- Choose a large-scale pattern, a small-scale pattern, and a solid as your mix. To make it really easy on yourself, use one of the patterned pillows to pull colors from for the other two. This will keep the look cohesive. When you swap in new pillows, stick to that color palette and you'll be golden.
- Go monochromatic. Just be sure to vary the textures and include pillows that have some kind of special detail (like tassels!) to keep things interesting.
- Stick to similar tones. In this case, the colors don't actually match, but they complement one another in overall look and feel. You can pull this off with a group of bold colors, pastels, or neutrals. One thing to note about this method of choosing pillows will lean toward a slightly more eclectic style overall.
I would also suggest that you purchase down/down alternative pillow inserts and pillows with zippers (rather than sewn closures). They look much better than polyester and they'll last forever. Then, when you're ready to make a change, all you have to do is swap the covers! Buying pillow covers only is also a way to make it easier on your wallet. :)
Now, onto the five fun and fresh combinations I pulled together for today! I've linked to all of them individually below*, and you can also click on the little "plus sign" that pops up on the pillows themselves in the graphic. (Note: if you're reading this post in your email or on a feed reader, you may have to click over to the full site to use that feature.)
Putting this post together makes me want to pick up some new pillows for my own house! What's your favorite combo from the five above?
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