Selecting the Right Throw Pillows

(above image via: Studio McGee)

If you've been following me for a while, you may have heard me say to "always start with a plan, not throw pillows." At some point, though, you should definitely think about throw pillows. Why?! Because they're the fun handbags of the interior design world. 

If you're overwhelmed with where to find unique throw pillows for your rental, or how to pair them together well, this post is for you! 

Where to start

Throw pillows are a great way to add extra pops of color into a room. If you're wanting to mix multiple patterns and textures for a designer look, here's a simple breakdown of how to do that. 

(above image: Studio McGee)

Step 1: Start with a patterned pillow. Find a pattern you love that speaks to you and works with your existing color palette. Use this as the foundation to build from then... 

Step 2: ...add other patterns or textured solids and play around with what works. 

This may go without saying, but you should of course have your room's color palette in mind when putting together a pillow scheme. And pay lots of attention to how the rug plays into the patterns and color you put in your pillow design. How do you visualise how the whole room plays together?? You put it in a vision board!

Don't know what that means and want to learn more!? You should check out my Design Your BNB E-course!👍🤩! I'll give you the step-by-step guide for going from an empty overwhelming rental, to gorgeous and guest ready!

Step 3: Put all of your room items in a vision board, and consider pillow size and layering. 

In the board below, I can see all of the elements of the room at once, including the wall color, rug, flooring, and all of the furniture and decor I'm planning to add. This visual snapshot allows me to feel confident in my purchases and avoid time consuming or costly mistakes. 

1. Artwork | 2. Floor Lamp | 3. Oblong Pillow | 4. Blue Pillow | 5. Stripe Pillow6. Pillows |    7. Table Lamp | 8. Ottoman | 9. Side Table | 10. Fiddle Leaf Plant | 11. Basket  12. Plant | 13. Chair | 14. Plant | 15. Rug |16. Black Pillow |  17. Concrete Side Table |18. Plant |19. Sofa



Now for some shopping! Here is a round up of some of my favorite pillows from shops big and small. 

$ Lower Priced Options

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$$ Medium Priced Options

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Happy pillow shopping and happy hosting! 

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