How To Stage Pillows In Your Home: A Complete Design Guide

Two blue quilted pillows from Southshore Fine Linens sitting on a chair, next to a plant and a dresser with a lamp on it.

As any interior decorator knows, pillows can make or break a room. Not only do they add comfort and style to your space, but they also reflect your personality and taste.

That's why Southshore Fine Linens is here to help you stage your pillows like a pro.

Choose the right pillows that fit your room's personality

Before you can stage your pillows, you need to choose the right ones. This is the fun part! Consider the color scheme of your room and select pillows that will complement or add a pop of color.

You also want to consider the texture of the pillows. For instance, velvet pillows can add a luxurious touch, while linen pillows can add a more casual look.

Here are some different types of pillows to consider when staging your home:

  1. Solid-colored pillows: A solid-colored pillow is a great way to add a splash of color and texture. Choose colors that match the walls, drapes, or other elements in your room so everything ties together nicely. Go bold with bright and primary colors, or use white pillows or neutral colors to add a subtle touch of class.
  2. Patterned pillows: The sky's the limit with these – from floral patterns to geometric shapes, these pillows give your room a unique look and can add an interesting complexity to your home design.
  3. Textured pillows: From velvet to chenille to long-staple cotton (and everything in between), texture can add a unique look and feel to your room.
  4. Embroidered or beaded pillows: Additional accessories can transform your pillows into works of art. Embroidery can add images and intricate patterns to your pillows, while beads help to catch the glimmer of the light as well as add a 3D effect to your pillows.
  5. Differently shaped pillows: Couch and bed pillows often come in a simple rectangular shape, but you don't need to limit yourself to that. Try going for a circular or square pillow here or there to help break up the monotony.

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Five fun ways to arrange pillows at home

Once you have chosen your stage pillows, arranging them creatively can make all the difference in your home decor. Instead of just dropping a pile of pillows on a couch or bed, here are a few ways to stack them intentionally:

1. Vertical stacking

One way to add visual appeal to your pillow arrangement is to stack them vertically. Start with a large European pillow, then stack a medium-sized pillow on top of it, followed by a smaller decorative pillow in front. This creates a neat and organized look that is perfect for a clean and minimalist decorating style.

2. Diamond pattern

Another idea is to arrange your pillows in a diamond pattern. Start with a large square pillow at the back, followed by a smaller square pillow in front of it, and then add two smaller rectangular pillows on each side. This creates a unique and symmetrical pattern that draws the eye to the center of the arrangement.

3. Textured layers

Layering pillows with different textures can add depth and interest to your arrangement. For example, you could start with a large velvet European pillow, stack a smaller linen pillow in front of it, and then add a decorative pillow with tassels or embroidery on top. This creates a textured and eclectic look that is perfect for a boho-chic style.

4. Geometric shapes

Unconventional shapes are another way to create an eye-catching and creative pillow arrangement. For instance, you could start with a large circular pillow at the back, then stack a rectangular pillow on top of it, followed by two smaller square pillows on either side. This creates a unique and modern look that is perfect for a contemporary decorating style.

5. Color blocking

If you want to make a bold statement as you arrange pillows in your home, consider color blocking. Simply group pillows of the same color together to create a bold and cohesive look. For example, you could arrange all of your blue pillows together or alternate black and white pillows for a monochromatic, modern look.

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Have additional questions about getting your pillow combination just right in your home? Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions:

How should pillows be arranged?

layers of different sized white pillows from Southshore Fine Linens on a bed.

There are various creative and stylish ways to stage pillows in home areas. One useful tip to remember is to begin arranging your pillows by size. Start with the largest pillows first, such as Euro shams, and then move on to smaller pillows, like decorative or lumbar pillows. 

Keep in mind to mix and match different textures, sizes, and shapes to create an arrangement that reflects your personality and style while also complementing the space.

How many pillows should be on a couch?

Ultimately, the number of pillows you use on your couch is a matter of personal taste and style. Whether you're a minimalist or maximalist, there's no wrong answer when it comes to pillow quantity. Just remember to consider these factors:

  • What's my budget, and how many pillows can I afford?
  • How many throw pillows can I add before things look cluttered?
  • Can I sit on the actual furniture, or do the pillows make my sofas and chairs visual pieces rather than functional?
  • Do my bedroom pillows match my duvet cover set or my bed sheets, or do they clash?

Answering these questions can help determine how many pillows you should use and how to arrange them for the best look in your home.

How do you arrange pillows like a hotel?

The key to creating a hotel-inspired pillow arrangement is layering and symmetry. To arrange pillows like a hotel, start with two to four king-sized pillows propped up against the back of the bed.

Next, layer two to four standard-sized pillows in front of the king-sized pillows, followed by two to four accent pillows or smaller-sized square pillows in front of the standard-sized pillows.

How do you decorate a house with throw pillows?

Decorating a house with throw pillows can be a fun and easy way to add color, texture, and style to a room. The key is to mix and match different sizes, shapes, and patterns to create a stylish and cohesive look.

Consider the color scheme of your room, and choose throw pillows that will complement or add a pop of color.

How do you stage throw pillows?

What is a comforter without a few throw pillows to spice it up? They simply transform a room from dull to delightful. Staging your throw pillow arrangement in an attractive way can add extra personality and style to any space.

The sky's the limit when it comes to staging throw pillows. You can use various textures, shapes, and sizes to create a unique design that reflects your style and the overall look of your home.

Start with one large pillow as the anchor for your arrangement, and then layer smaller pillows on top using different patterns or colors for a creative touch.

Consider adding some accent pillows for additional texture, and don’t forget to focus on symmetry for a balanced look. Finally, add a few throws or blankets for an inviting feel.

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Two different white pillow designs from Southshore Fine Linens.

Now that you know all the tips and tricks to style your decorative pillows like the pros do, it’s time to shop for your perfect combination.

Head over to Southshore Fine Linens now to find your perfect combination and instantly transform any room with a touch of luxury and personality.

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