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May 21, 2022
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With thousands of colours, prints and fabrics to choose from, how do you narrow down the throw pillows that will work best in your space? We’ve put together some guidelines to help you find one

The living room is where you live, where life happens in your home. It is a space to rest and unwind, host guests, and is an excellent spot for spending some quality time with family. The living room design should reflect your personal taste, while  also having a welcoming and comfortable vibe. If your space isn’t meeting your décor or functional requirements, it’s time to up your décor game. Whether it’s an entire redesign, or just bringing in a few aesthetic elements, some inspiration can be of great help.

​​A simple way to create visual interest in your living room is by introducing some texture. Mixing materials, colours and textiles to transform a room from bland to brilliant is an amazing idea. Rugs and throw pillows can be a great place to start.

What are Throw Pillows?

A throw pillow, or toss pillow, is a small, decorative element. Throw pillows are usually placed on sofas or armchairs but are also frequently used on beds, day beds and floors. A throw pillow can serve both an aesthetic and a functional purpose. Decorative throw pillows are commonly used to tie in colour accents within a room, often drawing on the colours in drapes, walls or area rugs. From a functional perspective, a throw pillow may provide back, neck and head support.

They are a perfect touch to finish off a room without having to spend too much money. Hence here is a detailed guide to help you choose the best throw pillow design to dress up your space.

The Advantages of Using Throw Pillows

●    Comfort

First and most important, sofa throw pillows should give comfort to you and any guests who visit your house. Setting the pillows up on a chair, couch, or bed equips you with an excellent way to settle in a relaxed position. Anyone who has ever sunk asleep on the couch without a pillow knows how discomfiting it can be. With a throw pillow at the ready, you can dodge falling asleep on the couch and waking up with a kink in your neck.

Throw pillows also make watching TV or merely lounging on the sofa for longer periods of time comfier.


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Using a pillow while doing any number of activities on the couch, including playing video games and watching TV, will enable you to avoid placing unhealthy stress on your spine. Moreover, anyone with small children will relish having a throw pillow ready to keep them from falling off couches, chairs, and other seating spots.

●    Visual Allure

When it comes to focusing on the visual charm of a room, throw pillows can be a significant help. This is because throw pillows are an ideal option to echo the colour, texture, or style of surrounding accessories such as drapes. Outstretching factors such as colour and texture through numerous areas of a room can help you tie everything together in a visually cohesive manner. Of course, you don’t want to replicate those factors too much, but that’s why utilising them in small touches like throw pillows is a flawless method.

On the other hand, you can also use a combination of different throw pillow designs to make the space more visually vibrant but still cohesive with the overall arrangement. For instance, using a mixture of black and grey pillows on a grey couch is a terrific way to use opposite colours to your benefit. In circumstances like this, you'll strongly benefit from having throw pillow cover sets instead of an individual or pair of throw pillow coverings.

Besides, if you’re trying to build a warm, embracing aura, throw pillows can help with that too. Layering a few throw pillows on a sofa is an effortless way to infuse some cosiness into the room, making it an excellent place to lounge on a fall or winter evening.


Guide to Choosing Throw Pillows

1. Determine the size of the pillow insert

Pick a pillow insert two inches larger than your throw pillow cover for a full, plush appearance. For example, an 18- by 18-inch throw pillow cover paired with a 20- by 20-inch pillow insert provides a more robust,  filled appearance and just-right support for reading or watching TV. If you’re not a fan of the plump pillow look, you can choose the same pillow and insert size—for example, an 18- by 18-inch pillow insert with an 18- by 18-inch cover—but your pillows may not offer that much support.

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2. Pick a Colour Palette

Select a single, uniform colour palette and stick to it. You'll get the greatest impact if all of your throw pillows are either the same colour or a pair of complementary tones.

3. Be Careful with Throw Pillow Prints

One solid, one busy print, and one plain print is a standard pattern that will assist you in narrowing down your throw pillows for couch possibilities. Another way to look at it is one minimum print, one extensive print, and one solid. Your busy/extensive print throw pillow design should be on your biggest pillows or the pillow in the centre of your living room since this print will typically set the tone for not only your throw pillow covers but the rest of your room. Plaids and stripes are great options for simple and basic prints.

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4. Maintain Balance

Whether you are looking at throw pillows for the couch, bed, or window seat, focus on a balanced arrangement. When you layer different fabrics on top of each other, things may get very busy very quickly. A layout with symmetry is appealing to us because it holds a charm of order and refinement.

5. A Throw Pillow for Décor is Amazing, but don’t Overdo it

No matter how attractive, decorative throw pillows for the living room are meant to give comfort to your upholstered furniture, so don't overdo it! We've all sat on that couch that's so occupied with throw pillows that you feel like you have no place to actually sit. This is not what you want to happen, so if you have to ask if you have too many, take one or two away from the space!

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6. Focus on the Fabrics

If your space already includes a lot of patterns, like a patterned sofa, scenic curtains, or a brilliant rug, tone down the throw pillow fabrics. If you frankly enjoy the colourful throw pillows but don't want to use them on massive pieces, use solid cushions in fantastically brilliant colours.

7. Bring in a Gorgeous Velvet Throw Pillow to Bring a Hint of Glam to your Space

Some lux round throw pillows made from plush velvet with a luxurious sheen come in a variety of beautiful shades. And to be honest, what’s more, royal than velvet? They go perfectly with pillows made from different fabrics, and while they will be excellent sofa throw pillows, they will look just as luxurious on your bed.

8. A Bright Coloured Throw Pillow to Liven Up Your Days

Some sad and gloomy days make it hard to stay motivated. During such days, a few sunny Indian throw pillows, with their bright yellow, geometric pattern, will help show you the light—and give a pop of colour to basic living room décor.

Other vibrant colours include pink throw pillows and blue throw pillows. They look best when paired with solid coloured pillows, like pale yellows or browns, which compliment the geometric pattern.

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9. Play with Shapes and Sizes

Square is not the only option available for you to play with—pair different shapes for better impact. Pick from bolsters, extended rectangles, round cushions, and square pillows in a combination of sizes. Utilise the bookends method to prepare an embellished rectangular throw pillow, or arrange your pillows by size.


10. Opt for a Monochrome Look

Monochrome looks are so in—select a handful of your favourite shades of grey, pink or white. Stick with all-white throw pillows for a darker sofa cover or choose a series of gradually darker yellow throw pillows for dark brown couch.

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Whether you just got a new home, redoing your current one, or even just considering either one of these ideas, it’s crucial to have a professional by your side. The many benefits of using throw pillows come down to their power to up the comfort level and visual appeal of a room significantly. Hence, as long as you have some expert help to buy the right set for the room you’re designing, you can get just the right option for your dream space. With a little guidance from our professional team at Asian Paints Beautiful Homes and the right attention to detail, your throw pillows can be more than just a simple amenity—they can be an important part of your interior design.  Reach out to us to decorate your living room and get started!


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