How to Create the Perfect Sofa Pillow Arrangement

How to Create the Perfect Sofa Pillow Arrangement

Nothing adds to the style and comfort of your living room sofa like a decorative pillow arrangement. Throw pillows bring added texture, color, and lively patterns to your furniture to create a look you'll love. Here's how you can pull off the perfect sofa pillow arrangement with a few simple techniques.

Decorating with Throw Pillows 101

Throw pillows coordinated on a sofa

1. Coordinate Sizes

Properly sizing and layering your pillows is the first step in creating a gorgeous sofa pillow arrangement. You should have pillows of several different sizes and arrange them with the largest pillows in the back. A good size for your base pillows is anywhere from 20 to 24 inches square, while the medium-sized pillows in front should measure 16 to 20 inches. Special accent pillows, sometimes called "interest pillows," should be the smallest in size and can be circular, rectangular, cylindrical, or other unique shapes.

Patterned throw pillows on a sofa

2. Play with Patterns

Your throw pillows provide your biggest opportunity to spice up the look of your living room seating, so use their patterns and colors to enhance your style and inject some personality. Create appealing contrast by pairing a solid-colored pillow with a pillow featuring eye-catching designs, or keep no two pillows the same for a truly eclectic mix of complementary patterns. Your largest pillows are great for solidifying a color scheme while smaller pillows in the same palette bring extra flair to spice up your arrangement.

Layered throw pillows on a sofa

3. Layer and Balance

Place your largest pillows first, medium-sized pillows next, and the smallest pillows after that. This will layer your throw pillows in a way that keeps every pillow visible. How many pillows you use will depend on the type of seating and how much available space you have. Generally, pillows should be arranged in groups of two or three and arranged in a semi-symmetrical style. This means loveseats might only have room for three or four pillows while sectionals can accommodate many more.


How to Arrange Pillows on a Couch

How to Arrange Pillows on a Couch

Pillow arrangements on couches usually involve either five or six pillows: two base pillows, two medium pillows, and one or two interest pillows. Place a base pillow on each side of the couch, nestled in either corner. Working your way toward the middle, place your two medium pillows next to the base pillows so they overlap slightly. Place your interest pillow in the center of your couch to connect the line of pillows and complete the arrangement. This method creates an inviting symmetry that draws the eye and leaves you with a coordinated look.

Different angles of throw pillows on a couch
Different angles of throw pillows on a couch

How to Arrange Pillows on a Loveseat

How to Arrange Pillows on a Loveseat

Because loveseats have slightly less space than couches, a loveseat's pillow arrangement will only include 3 to 4 pillows. Place a base pillow in each corner and use one or two interest pillows centered between them to create a symmetrical look, or place a base pillow on one side of the loveseat and pair a medium-size and interest pillow in the other corner to balance the visual weight.

Different angles of throw pillows on a loveseat
Different angles of throw pillows on a loveseat

How to Arrange Pillows on a Sectional

How to Arrange Pillows on a Sectional

A sectional is the perfect seating option to accommodate a host of people along with all your best throw pillows. You should plan on having around seven throw pillows, but you may want more or fewer, depending on the size of your sectional. Place a base pillow in each corner of the sectional and pair it with an accent pillow. Then add an extra interest pillow in the angled corner of the sectional to keep the arrangement from looking overly balanced. Experiment with a variety of patterned accent pillows while using your base pillows as a foundation to build from.

Different angles of throw pillows on a sectional
Different angles of throw pillows on a sectional

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