Refresh Your Space with These 5 Tips for Styling Throw Pillows

JUL 21, 2020 updated Apr 28, 2021
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Perfect for adding personality and pattern, throw pillows are a quick and easy way to elevate your space. Whether you’re swapping out covers for the season or you’ve been bitten by the room makeover bug, Spoonflower’s artisanally sewn pillows featuring designs from the Marketplace are the cure to any couch conundrum. We’ve asked Spoonflower’s Director of Home Textiles, Allie Tate, to share her go-to throw pillow styling tips to get you started.

Allie: An easy way to make a space feel instantly refreshed is to swap out or add to your existing throw pillows. I love using different sizes and patterns to add visual interest and our new larger throw pillows are perfect for shaking things up! When I start to style a sofa or bed I have a few go-to combinations that I start with and tweak from there. Ready to get started?

How to Style Throw Pillows on a Couch

Classic & Symmetrical 

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Using five pillows, give your sofa a classic update that still feels balanced. Start by adding a large, 20” square throw pillow to each side of your sofa. Next, layer a slightly smaller 18” square pillow on top. The final touch is a 14” x 24” lumbar placed right in the center. 

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(2) 20″ square throw pillows | Shop This Pillow
Refresh Your Space with These 5 Tips for Styling Throw Pillows | Spoonflower Blog
(2) 18″ square throw pillows | Shop This Pillow
Refresh Your Space with These 5 Tips for Styling Throw Pillows | Spoonflower Blog
(1) 14″ x 24″ lumbar pillows | Shop This Pillow

Layered & Lush

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If you want to add a bit more dimension to your couch while upping the cozy factor, try this 6-pillow combination. Again, start with your two large 20” square pillows on each side followed by a smaller 18” square pillow. Then, add an additional two lumbar pillows but this time each one should be layered on top of your other two centered pillows leaving you with two sets of three pillows on each side of your sofa.

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Refresh Your Space with These 5 Tips for Styling Throw Pillows | Spoonflower Blog
(2) 20″ square throw pillows | Shop This Pillow
Refresh Your Space with These 5 Tips for Styling Throw Pillows | Spoonflower Blog
(2) 18″ square throw pillows | Shop This Pillow
Refresh Your Space with These 5 Tips for Styling Throw Pillows | Spoonflower Blog
(2) 14″ x 24″ lumbar pillows | Shop This Pillow

Clean & Minimal

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A third option is to create a paired down, cleaner look. This is a great option if you have a smaller space or want to go for a more minimalist style. 

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(2) 20″ square throw pillows | Shop This Pillow
Refresh Your Space with These 5 Tips for Styling Throw Pillows | Spoonflower Blog
(1) 18″ square throw pillow | Shop This Pillow

How to Style Throw Pillows on a Bed

For these bedding combinations, I’m going to assume you already have a set of shams at home. For me, this means two euro shams and two standard bed pillows for a queen-size bed. For a king, I’ll opt for three euro shams, three standard pillows or three euros shams with two king-size pillows. 

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Refined Yet Cozy

Refined Yet Cozy | Spoonflower Blog

When opting for this combination I create a simple cluster of three throw pillows stacked centered in front of my shams. I start with the largest, 20” square pillow, followed by the 18” square pillow and finish it off with a 14″ x 24″ lumbar. 

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Refresh Your Space with These 5 Tips for Styling Throw Pillows | Spoonflower Blog
(1) 20″ square throw pillows | Shop This Pillow
Refresh Your Space with These 5 Tips for Styling Throw Pillows | Spoonflower Blog
(1) 18″ square throw pillow | Shop This Pillow
Refresh Your Space with These 5 Tips for Styling Throw Pillows | Spoonflower Blog
(1) 14″ x 24″ lumbar pillows | Shop This Pillow

Bold & Straightforward

Bold & Straightforward | Spoonflower Blog

This look is simple and straightforward, but with the right design, packs a punch. Simply add one extra-long 14” x 36” lumbar pillow to your bed in front of your standard set of shams for a surprise pop of pattern that draws the eye and leaves your bed looking pulled together and finished.

Refresh Your Space with These 5 Tips for Styling Throw Pillows | Spoonflower Blog
(1) 14″ x 36″ extra long lumbar pillows | Shop This Pillow

There you have it, five combinations of pillows for an easy update to your living room or bedroom! I love swapping things out quarterly to usher in a new season with a fresh look. I’m curious to hear how you prefer to style your pillows. Let us know by tagging your pillow layouts with #spoonflowerhome on social media!

Refresh Your Space with These 5 Tips for Styling Throw Pillows | Spoonflower Blog
Refresh Your Space with These 5 Tips for Styling Throw Pillows | Spoonflower Blog
Refresh Your Space with These 5 Tips for Styling Throw Pillows | Spoonflower Blog
Refresh Your Space with These 5 Tips for Styling Throw Pillows | Spoonflower Blog
Refresh Your Space with These 5 Tips for Styling Throw Pillows | Spoonflower Blog

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  • I am definitely and lush and layered person for my pillows. My husband teases me about all of the pillows, but I am short and they help me fit on the couch more comfortably. 🤷‍♀️ Can you have too many pillows?

    • The more pillows the more comfortable you are! Never too many. I usually have 6 pillows on my Queen bed, which not only looks pretty, but it’s the perfect amount of back support while watching a movie or reading! So, I get you. 🙂