When you are planning to redecorate your home, decorative pillows should be on your list. They are an easy, beautiful way to make any room look even nicer.
You can begin by thinking about each room individually. Whether you have a full-length sofa or a love seat in your living room, throw pillows will make it look more inviting and comfortable. If you start by considering the color or print of your upholstered furniture, you may wish to select accent pillows to match or contrast with the fabric. Matching pillows do not need to be exactly the same as your upholstery. They can be an entirely different shade of the sofa's color, which will make them stand out and be more noticeable. You can also choose sofa pillows with a design or print in colors to coordinate with the love seat or sofa. However, the pillow's color or design can be a bold contrast if you prefer. Bright red pillows on a white sofa is one example. Whether matching or contrasting is the look you like the most, your new pillows will give a welcoming, beautiful appearance to the living room.
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Choosing the right fabric is also important, yet simple. There are many different materials to choose from, ranging from thick corduroy to light, airy lace. The mood you wish to create is one factor in selecting the material. The basic decor of the particular room is another factor. You can think about fabric in the same terms as color: to match or to contrast. For example, while you may love the idea of a thick, deep corduroy in your country-designed room, it is not necessary to limit your decorating choices to what one might think of as appropriate. Thick corduroy pillows can look as great in a modern room, or a room with lightweight furnishings. As another example, while lacy pillows may seem best suited to a sleek, feminine room, they can also provide a sweet, romantic contrast to rooms where a feminine touch might not be expected. The fabric you select should be the one you love the most.
When considering decorative pillows, one important factor is keeping them clean.
Whether you want one individual pillow or a collection in the living room, beautiful accents mean accents that are always clean and fresh. One part of this is the fabric itself. While you can purchase pillows that have been treated to guard against many kinds of stains, you also can choose fabrics which are more resistant to stains than others. Second, while some pillows are made in one piece, others feature a zipper so the outer material can be removed and washed whenever necessary. If you choose the latter style, be sure to use only the specific kind of detergent recommended on the pillow's label. This will preserve the lovely appearance of your pillow, and protect the color against fading. It is also important to adhere to the label's washing instructions. Unless it specifically says the fabric will be safe in the washing machine and dryer, gently washing it by hand is better. Proper care will keep pillows in excellent condition and looking nice for many years.
Accent pillows are not only for the living room. Decorative pillows can be found in a wide variety of designs and shapes for children's and teenagers' bedrooms, too. A word of caution: if your children are preschool age or younger, you should avoid pillows which are not entirely in one piece. First, small children have a tendency to chew on, suck on and pull on everything. While pillows with lace around the edges, fringe, buttons or other adornments may be very nice to look at, they can pose a danger to a young child. Second, even though pillows which feature a zipper for easier cleaning may seem appealing, your child may be able to take it apart when he is not being supervised. The safest pillows for youngsters are those with nothing removable.
From preschoolers to teens, a decorative pillow is a winner. They might like pillows featuring their favorite cartoon characters, animals, or the logo from a favorite sports team. These are only a few of the many possibilities currently available. Your children may like bright primary colors, a soft pastel, or a variety of different patterns. Now when it comes to decorative pillows for teens, you might not agree with their tastes but no matter what the decor of your teen's room happens to be, decorative pillows will
make it more unique and in tune with his or her own personality.
A decorative throw pillow is an easy, inexpensive way of brightening up any room. However, it can be so much more than a decoration. Throw pillows are also very comfortable. Whether you want to lean back in your chair to relax and read a book, or encourage one of your children to take a nap on the couch, a comfortable pillow is very inviting. Anyone in your family can have a brief nap whenever they wish, when a small pillow encased in soft fabric is always readily available. You may also decide to take one or more along when traveling, so the children can easily nap in the car.
The Main Tips for Getting the Most from your Pillows are:
- Fabrics don't have to match, in fact, contrasting fabrics are better. Neutral furniture fabrics provide the pallet.
- Odd numbers of pillow are more interesting visually than even numbers
- Use pillow covers and fabrics to change the look of your room with the seasons.
Pillows are great for your home, but they also make wonderful gifts. If you start by thinking of everyone on your holiday list, you surely can think of many people who would love to receive an accent pillow. From your student who is going away to live at a college dorm, to your nice elderly neighbor, to the newlyweds starting their very first home, these are only some of the people who would appreciate a practical, beautiful gift. Decorative pillows, when chosen with your recipient's personal preferences in mind, make a tasteful gift that will surely be appreciated. It is something the special people in your life will display with pride, and put to good use on a regular basis.
The bottom line--pillows make any place look and feel like home. Whether for your own use or for a gift, they will provide beauty, comfort and a distinct sense of style.