Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How to Mix and Match Pillows | My Favorite Combos

Today I'm sharing something that I get asked frequently - how to mix and match pillows!

The key is to not be too matchy matchy, but keep it cohesive by following a basic formula.

1 floral or organic + 1 solid + 1 stripe + 1 small scale 

Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule, but the most important thing is to vary scale and pattern. You can see that 3. and 4. veer slightly from the rule. Don't know where to get started? Pick out one statement pillow (such as the Kate Spade Floral or Orangerie from below) pick colors from the pillow then vary scale and pattern for the other pillows. 

Here's a few pillow combinations that I came up with. 

1. banana leaf // navy deco pillow // channels // betwixt 

2. kate spade saturday floral // small dot // blue pom pom // black painted stripe 

3. blue fringe // marble // blue scallop // navy stripe // persimmon solid

4. orangerie // berry deco pillow // kelly wearstler katana // x pillow

I've been noticing lots of fresh florals and abstract painterly patterns popping up recently - love it!! So, do you have any favorite pillows or pillow combinations? I'd love to hear!


  1. i love the first two the best! i am no pro at pattern mixing, but i always try to vary scale and pattern, with only one linear, and one softer print.

  2. West Elm is killing it with their new pillows right now!

  3. You're awesome, Sarah! Thanks so much for including the sources. I ordered the Jay Street pillow from West Elm weeks ago just waiting for it to arrive. It's been back ordered forever.

  4. I think you nailed it! Love the combos!

  5. I love all these combinations! I have been meaning to replace the old, worn-out throw pillows on my couches...thanks for the ideas!


  6. What cute pillows! Such a great little bit of advice!

  7. Great tip! I love mixing and matching pillows (cushions to us in Australia) but I've never thought too much about my process. Love the combos you chose.

  8. Great ideas! I was just looking at buying couch pillows that weren't matchy matchy so this is great inspiration.

  9. Would you mind sharing a few of your fave floral pillows you have seen? Or maybe your favorite etsy shops to look at for pillows? I have been looking but find etsy so overwhelming and don't even know where to begin. Thank you so much for this post. It's so helpful!


Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts! I love hearing what you think! :)

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