Choosing the Right Throw Pillows for Your Room

Throw pillows are the perfect accessory as they can add color, pattern, and comfort in an instant – all while being switched out easily. Look below for the best deals on brand new throw pillows from your favorite brands.


Color is probably the first thing most people think about when they’re trying to choose the perfect throw pillow. The key thing to remember is that an accent pillow should always compliment the sofa or chair it will be sitting on. This means it can either blend in or stand out, and the best way to achieve this is to look for something that’s either similar in color to the piece of furniture or look for something completely different so that it adds contrast.


If you want to add a touch of a particular pattern to a room, a throw pillow is a great way to do it. (It’s also great if you already have a pattern you love and want to add more!) When experimenting with patterns by way of accent pillows don’t be afraid to try something a little bold. As long as the colors are complementary, a patterned pillow on a solid fabric can be a lot of fun. Alternatively, if the piece of furniture has a pattern already, a solid pillow can be a nice way to tone it down and soften it a bit. Just remember that patterns should enhance the colors and fabrics in the room and add some interest, but, too many patterns can be busy and messy-looking.


Square: The most common shape by far, square pillows are incredibly versatile and look good on just about any sofa, chair, or bed. Use them on their own or display various sizes together. Rectangle: After the square, rectangular pillows are probably the most common and versatile shape. They tend to look nice when placed on chair seats leaning against the chair back. They also work nicely centered on sofas or beds. Box: Box pillows can be square or round (or even rectangular, although it’s rare). Box pillows have more depth (usually a couple of inches) than regular pillows and can add dimension to any spot they’re placed.

Bolster: These long, round pillows are usually found at the ends of sofas, acting as armrests, or occasionally on beds. They were popular about a decade ago but now more often than not they give a room a dated look. Unless you need them for comfort purposes it’s better to go with something square or rectangular. Round: Round pillows are not as common as they once were, and while they can look pretty on certain pieces they don’t quite fit on all styles of furniture. If you choose to decorate with round pillows, try to use them sparingly.


When it comes to choosing the perfect throw pillow, size matters. The main thing to remember is that the pillow should always be in proportion to whatever piece of furniture it’s placed on. A tiny pillow placed in the middle of a three-seater sofa or king-size bed gets lost, while an oversize pillow on a side chair is overwhelming and uncomfortable. Pillows should work with the piece of furniture to complement and enhance, so always make sure they fit appropriately. And keep in mind if you have multiple pillows sitting on one piece of furniture, think of the collection of pillows as a single unit and make sure it’s still in proportion.