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How to choose designer pillows


If you want to transform the rooms in your home, throw pillows can be a simple way to make a big impact.

When choosing them, however, make sure to address the space in its entirety.

“Think of a living room’s pillows as a family. The pillow on a chair doesn’t have to match the group on the sofa, but if it relates in some way—palette, style—the space feels unified and polished,” said Rehan Ansari of the Downers Grove-based Home&Manor.

He suggests keeping several factors in mind when purchasing pillows for your space.

First, consider size. Standard squares, about 18 inches, rest neatly on sofas with typical dimensions. Oversized throw pillows, usually around 24 inches, create a more casual, lounge type feel. For modern sofas with low backs, consider 16-inch pillows.

Another important consideration? Filling. While a feather-and-down fill has more squish, it can also be expensive. Foam and other synthetic fills are stiffer; they hold their shape but tend to look less lush.

How many pillows do you need? Go with an odd number rather than more traditional pairs.

“In design, odd numbers tend to be more artful. Try one, three, or five, depending on the size of your furniture and the look you want,” he said. “One for a chair, three or five for a standard 88-inch sofa.”

Create visual interest in your space with a mixed pillowscape, Ansari said.

“An easy combo: a matched pair of square solids that contrast with the color of your sofa, one oblong pillow for the center of the couch, and two interesting outliers—patterned, embellished, or oddly shaped—that reference either the color of your upholstery or the color of your solid pillows,” Ansari said.

Lastly, don’t forget about texture.

“Tactile contrast—nubby linen against smooth leather or silk upholstery, or shiny pillows on a fuzzy couch—add warmth and offer traction, so pillows don’t slide off seats,” said Ansari.

If you are looking to update your home's decor with throw pillows, turn to the experts at Home&Manor.

“We can help you put together the look, style, and luxurious feel for your home,” Ansari said.

Home & Manor : 7325 Lemont Road, Downers Grove, IL 60516 : 630.541.7719 :