SOURCE: Ashley Furniture HomeStore

Ashley Furniture HomeStore

June 04, 2012 13:40 ET

Master the Art of Toss Pillows With Nine Simple Do's and Don'ts

From Couture to Cozy, Ashley Furniture HomeStore's Decorative Pillows Express Style & Personality

ARCADIA, WI--(Marketwire - Jun 4, 2012) - Much more than an accent color, decorative pillows have come into their own as one of the least expensive and most cost-effective ways to personalize furniture and change a home's décor. With more open floor plans today -- and fewer walls to hang art on -- they can also be conversation starters.

"The perfect scarf or bracelet can turn an ordinary outfit into an extraordinary one," says Kris Woodcock, VP of Merchandising. "In the same way, the perfect combination of toss pillows can turn an ordinary room into a showstopper."

Many exciting new pillow trends are making their debut, from couture, nubby and boldly-patterned choices, to a bolder mix of pillow styles together. But how do you mix and match decorative toss pillows to create a look that's right for you? Ashley Furniture HomeStore offers nine simple do's and don'ts:

1. DON'T use cheap-looking pillows! Nothing ruins a good-looking sofa more than dated or poor quality pillows -- while nothing transforms an inexpensive sofa more than high-quality, fashion-forward toss pillows.

2. DO match the mood of your pillows to the mood of your sofa. Choose toss pillows the same way you chose your sofa -- based on your lifestyle and tastes. Use dressy pillows with a dressy sofa; casual pillows with a casual sofa.

3. DON'T use pillows that are duller, or a lot lighter than the sofa. There's an exception to every rule, but decorators agree that decorative pillows look best when they're darker, brighter or bolder than the sofa.

4. DO use pillows in a similar style. For an elegant look, stick with satiny or faux-fur fabrics. For a global look, stick with earthy or exotic fabrics. For a modern look, stick with bright or geometric fabrics.

5. DON'T use pillows too big (or too small) for the sofa. Large throw pillows on a small sofa will make it look even smaller. Small pillows (or too few of them) on a large sofa will look dwarfed.

6. DO use toss pillows with related colors. Forget about fancy color theories. Simply choose pillow colors with something in common, such as hues all inspired by a country landscape or a summer fruit salad.

7. DON'T feel compelled to use the pillows that came with your sofa. Factory pillow choices are intended to appeal to as many people as possible rather than to personal tastes. Be different!

8. DO mix patterns and textures. Choose pillows that look like they came from the same place or era, then mix nubby with smooth. To mix patterns, simply repeat the colors in each decorative pillow, while differentiating the pattern's motif or scale.

9. DON'T play it too safe! Be bold with memorable colors or textures.

If you're still defaulting to the pillows that came with the sofa, use this simple formula to mix things up a little: First, make sure each pillow contains at least one color in common with another pillow, then mix together plain pillows, like Ashley's Camille Spice, with patterned choices like the Leila Floral and pile pillows, like the Penelope Scarlett -- for an amazing look.

To learn more about the hottest furniture and decorating trends, or to browse the latest styles and accessories, visit AshleyFurnitureHomeStore.com.

About Ashley Furniture HomeStore
Ashley Furniture HomeStore, the #1 furniture retailer in the United States, delivers quality, affordable furniture to customers at over 435 independently owned and operated locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Japan. Ashley Furniture HomeStore is an exclusive provider of furniture from Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc., the largest furniture manufacturer in the United States.

Like us: Facebook.com/AshleyFurnitureHomeStore
Twitter: Twitter.com/AshleyHomeStore
Pinterest: Pinterest.com/AshleyHomeStore

Contact Information

  • MEDIA CONTACT:
    Paulette Rippley
    Media Relations
    Ashley Furniture HomeStore
    E-mail: Email Contact
    Phone: (608) 323-3377

Webosphere

Keyword Cloud

View Website