Designing a bedroom starts with the basics; choose your fabric, your style and your sheets. Next are your comforter and your main bed pillows. Finally, like the icing on a beautiful cake, are the decorative pillows. It may seem surprising, but the decorative pillows you choose can really tie the room together if chosen and placed carefully. We make it easy to mix and match decorative pillows, whether you’re filling up empty floor space over your favorite rug or accenting your bed.
To make your adventure in soft, billowy decorative bliss easier, understand that pillows should be placed in specific layouts for the most impact. First and foremost comes balance; if using multiple colors, textures and patterns, balance the number and placement against one another. Here’s an easy example: lay out two solid pillows, and place two patterned pillows against each one on either end of your couch. This induces symmetry and is more pleasing to the eye.
Our bold pattern pillows help you make a statement. For best results, mix them with other decorative pillows with patterns that are much more subtle. A bold orange-and-blue chevron-striped pillow looks enchanting if placed next to a creamy, off-white pillow with subtle blue stripes, especially if placed on a blanket with a matching blue background. Alternatively, try using bold patterns alone. Placing a few vibrant, patterned pillows against solid-colored fabric adds a point of visual interest without overwhelming the eye.
Another way to work with our decorative pillows is to rely on a mixture of primary colors. This works especially well for injecting color into contemporary or modern spaces that mostly rely on white or black furniture basics, paint or flooring. Choose between two and five primary colors for your palette, depending on how much color you want to bring in, and lay pillows around the room at important focal points where they will get the most use.
Color isn't always the way to go, especially if your home decor already carries a fair amount of vibrant shades. That's why we carry pillows in soft, creamy pastels and neutral shades. Place these against a bed to soften the look of bright colors or tone down bold patterns like multicolored polka dots, florals and jacqard bedding. Plain white and black pillows are our most versatile; these can be placed almost anywhere in any room to instantly pull the decor theme together.
West elm makes working with textured pillows fun too. Toss a few knitted wool pillows onto your favorite chair to make the space instantly inviting. Lay out multiple satiny gold or silver-threaded bed pillows on a quilted bed to step your bedding up in a way that’s subtle, yet elegant and classy. Embroidered pillows with vine work, leaves or delicate scrolls add nature-inspired fun, brightening up a bedroom or living room without the need for excessive color.
Our collection of poufs and throw blankets makes mixing and matching to get the right look as easy as choosing blankets and pillows that match. If you’re building a room from scratch, cherry pick your favorite styles and colors from each category, and then narrow your choices down to find the combination that suits you best. Toss a cable-knitted throw blanket and mohair pouf pillow onto your couch in the winter or fall and have a comfortable place to curl up with a good book on cold days. Drape an ultra-soft alpaca throw blanket over your bed, and then stack the back with a series of suede tassel pillows to enjoy indulgent comfort each night that you can arrange and rearrange at your leisure. Or, lay out a variety of our boucle pillows and snuggle up for a long rest that's reminiscent of quilts, grandma’s hand-knitted afghans and quiet moments at home.