The Art of Layering - Mastering the Throw Pillow Stack

Throw pillows are a simple trick to give a room a facelift without breaking a sweat. A well-styled pillow stack can turn a bland sofa or bed into a cozy retreat. However, achieving the perfect pillow arrangement is an art form itself. Mixing and matching fabrics, patterns, and textures can create a feast for the eyes. This blog post helps you understand the art of layering in detail to master the throw pillow stack

Bring Together Different Throw Pillow Elements

When layering pillows in your living area, pay attention to using different elements in total harmony. A solid-colored pillow is a neutral base for building intricate layers. For example, you can start with a plush velvet pillow cover in a rich jewel tone like emerald or sapphire. You can use patterned pillows to spice things up visually to build on that basic foundation.

A lumbar pillow with classic stripes like the Blue and White Ticking Lumbar in complementary hues provides crisp lines. Then, add a square pillow with an eye-catching global-inspired print like ikat for an eclectic flair. Introduce tactile appeal with textured fabrics such as linen, plush velvet, or luxurious faux fur in solids or tone-on-tone patterns. Mixing up the shapes and sizes of your pillows adds a pinch of variety to create a dynamic look.

Create an Interesting Color Story

Try to maintain a matching color palette throughout your pillow stack. Neutral tones like white, gray, or tan provide a versatile base to build. Check out the gorgeous Verona, Alpaca White, or Finn covers as the base layer. If you prefer colors other than white, gray covers like Florence or tan covers like Black and Tan also serve the purpose. They are beautiful but unassuming covers that add to the design without overwhelming it.

Then, you can integrate bolder accents and a neutral base to create a visual contrast. Go for our brilliantly hued covers like the Sausalito for a burst of energy. Alternatively, explore muted earthy shades like sage green, terracotta, or dusty blue for a cozy ambiance. These soothing hues serve as a calming backdrop for experimentation with vibrant pops of color. 

Mix Pattern and Texture with Finesse

Artfully blend patterns and textures to anchor the look of your living area. A tone-on-tone botanical print like the Maricio Floral is an exciting way to introduce texture to your design. Then, vary the scale of your motifs - a large-scale floral print with a petite geometric print like Kyoto prevents the eye from feeling overwhelmed.

Add textures with a choice of fibers. You won't go wrong with either if you want the tactile feel of Linen Moss or the sultry silkiness of the Lake Blue Indigo velvet cover. You can use different finishes like hand-loomed or woven covers for textural depth.

Each pillow contributes something unique, combining pattern scales, diverse styles, and varied hand feel. Intersperse these varied textures to create a fashionable aesthetic.

Take Style Inspiration

If you need more inspiration, you can always fall back on some tried-and-tested design themes. To achieve a traditional look, stick to classic pattern covers like Indian Wool or Stefanie Stripe. Throw in some complementary hues for a crisp and polished effect. Geometric pillows like the Raga Mustard can anchor this dignified aesthetic.

If your style tastes casual and laid-back, choose pillows with a beachy, bohemian vibe. Batik pillows like the Aegean Stripe and block prints such as Chiang Mai Block Print in black and white can create an eclectic look.

Go for the boho look with a mix of cool-toned patterns like mudcloth prints complemented by rusty hues such as Vintage Rust Floral. You can also aim for a rustic look by layering warm burgundy, olive, and mustard hues. Mix some plaid designs with faux fur textures to make your space inviting.

Play with Size and Proportion

Mixing and matching covers of varied sizes and proportions can create a comfortable pillow stack. Anchor your display with more giant square or rectangular pillows toward the back or sides. These giant foundation pillows help create a layered look and provide comfortable headrests.

Then, work in smaller 18 to 22-inch squares, lumbar pillows, and decorative shapes like bolsters or rounds. These fashionable accents provide layered dimensions. Feel free to mix and match sizes, shapes, and styles! Modern covers paired with classic design create a visually intriguing look. 

Include Unexpected Elements

While pillow arrangements are meant to be plush and cozy, including a few unexpected elements can boost the look. Shake things up with a faux leather cover in Cognac to provide textural contrast amid softer weaves.

You can also bring in materials outside of traditional fabric—rattan, jute, or abaca weave lends an organic, naturalistic appeal. The navy blue Florence Designer or Mazatlan cover is the one you should go for to get that extra "wow" factor. Don't be afraid to mix materials—it adds dimension to your arrangement. 

Go for an Asymmetrical Look

While classic, symmetrical pillow stacking has its place, an asymmetrical, visually off-kilter arrangement creates a more modern, fresh look. Start by placing more giant pillows at staggered heights and angles on either side. Then, drape smaller lumbar pillows or accent shapes across the middle area, allowing some to hang over the edges.

The key is achieving a sense of artful nonchalance with peaks, valleys, and visual pauses throughout the stack. Don't be afraid to adjust, fluff, and tweak pillow positions until you strike that perfectly imperfect look. Varying shapes, textures, and patterns prevent the eye from getting bored.

An asymmetrical approach also allows you to organically include other lifestyle accessories among the pillows. For example, you could possess a soft throw blanket in a coordinating hue or style a coffee table book or decorative object to add interest. 

Things to Remember

With these expert tips and tricks, you can take your pillow styling to the next level. 

Rotate Your Pillows

When styling your pillow, rotate it periodically to maintain an exciting look. Sticking too long with the same pattern and design can quickly look dated. Invest in some quality pillow covers and refresh them according to the season. You can also keep some festive-themed pillows to spice up your decor. Regularly rotating your pillow covers will help keep your bedding feeling fresh.

Store it Well

Keep your pillow in a cool, dry place away from bright light. Exposure to sunlight can cause premature fading of the pillow. We recommend you clean the cover following the manufacturer's instructions and ensure that it is thoroughly dry before storage. Storing damp covers can cause mold. The storage box must be airy to prevent musty odors. You can use clear, airtight plastic storage bins or breathable fabric bags. 

Invest in Quality Inserts

Quality inserts convert your beautiful covers into functional pillows. Fluffy alternative down inserts are great options as they are hypoallergenic and cruelty-free. Go for an insert that is a size larger to create a plump cloud-like pillow. You will appreciate the softness that these pillows bring to your living area.

When layering, don't hesitate to mix and match, shuffle the deck, and swap out pillows until you hit the sweet spot that suits your personal touch. Sprinkle in a little patience with your creativity. In no time, you can craft a welcoming pillow arrangement. Shop our curated collection of pillow covers of different sizes, textures, and patterns to curate your desired look. Our collection has something that will make your space feel as snug as a bug in a rug.

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