Bright, Bold, and Beautiful…custom pillows make a vibrant personalized statement in any space. So, let’s talk pillows!
As I was consulting with a client this week about how to customize her living room, our design conversation turned to the topic of pillows. She had purchased pillows in several shapes and styles from big box stores that were ok, but just did not offer the “pizazz” she wanted. My client was surprised to learn that she could design customized pillows of her very own by selecting the fill material, pillow sizes, fabric, colors, patterns, and trims she desired. You may have also wondered how this works. Well, let me explain…
Filling the Perfect Pillow: A soft, full pillow is a happy pillow.
Most sofas come with matching pillows, usually 18” x 18”, filled with a cheap poly-fill that gets stiff and boring after about a week. By customizing the fill, you can create soft and fluffy pillows that fit your lifestyle. Adding a combination of down and feathers to the fill will make your pillows softer and more relaxed. Quality pillow inserts such as these offer a variety of firmness based on the ratio of down to feathers.
A ratio of 25% goose down to 75% goose feather will give you a softer, more luxurious pillow. While a 10% down to 90% feather fill will give you a firmer pillow that is still soft enough to “karate chop”.
However, if you have allergies, there are softer poly-fill choices that will give you a softer look and feel as well. These high-quality 100% polyester cluster fill inserts also have the look and feel of down; full and fluffy.
Find Your Pillow Pizazz!
Size and Shape
Pillow size and shape both extend the comfort and style of your furniture. For example, I prefer using a sofa pillow that is at least 24” x 24”, no smaller than 20” x 20” to create a feel of luxury. All pillow sizes are the measurements taken from the pillow casing before stuffing. Pillow sizes will vary after stuffing, so for an extra-full look, use an insert that is at least one size larger. I often like to add a rectangular pillow to the middle of the sofa and accent chairs to add character and comfort. You will also be spotting round disk-shaped pillows making a come-back.
Fabrics galore await as you begin designing your perfect pillow. The texture of the pillow fabrics you choose are an important element in creating comfort and style. Mixing textures is a fabulous way to give a room a laid-back, easy feel. Just using two different fabrics can add texture and interest to your pillows. Think about the same fabrics in different colors or reverse some fabrics for a unique style. Be bold! Create texture by choosing some of new sequined fabrics in a variety of colors.
This rich sequined fabric makes a bold style statement!
Combine different fabrics to add interest and texture to pillows. Trims and cording are always a good idea.
Embellishments and passementeries added to your pillows create a more ornamental pillow…great for a formal design.
Embellishments are also a great way to personalize your pillows. Interesting hardware can be added to pillows for a unique look.
Monograms are one of my favorite ways to add texture. Monograms can be fancy, formal, or casual allowing you to brand your rooms with your own personal style.
The monogram and be either or both your first and last name initial or may just be a passementerie design stitched on the fabric.
Tone-on-tone monograms are subtle and elegant.
I like to pull in colors from the sofa to create pillows, but it is not necessary. Think about what color you want to bring into the room. Add in some of the colors of the year from Pantone (Living Coral) or Sherwin Williams (Cavern Clay). Discover your inspirational color from favorite objects or pictures in the room. Inspiration comes from everywhere, but nature is one of my best inspirations. Look around as you drive, walk or shop for things that make you stop and take a second look
Magazines are another great source of inspiration for those pillows you are creating. Find five to ten designer magazines, look at the pillows on the sofas in the magazines, and tear out pages that speak to you. It may only be one element or object in the photo but tear it out and start your own personal style folio. This will help train your eye to make you stop and really consider why you like a certain look, style, or color. Lay out these photos and see what they have in common, and how they are different, and then figure out the color and design you want to bring into your home.
I hope this pillow talk has helped you find a style and maybe discover some new ideas for your perfect sofa pillow. But if you need help, give me a call 870-994-4438. My showroom at 717 Ash Flat Drive, Ash Flat, AR, is open only by appointment, but it houses thousands of fabrics that are just waiting to become the pillow of your dreams.