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Your Pillow Education: Different Sorts of Throw Pillows

While the phrase “throw pillow” might make you think of the typical square pillow, the truth is that your choices are much more varied! Learn more about the different kinds of throw pillows that you can use to accent any room.

Size and Style

Throw pillows can range from just a few inches or several feet wide in size. Sizes can also be mixed and matched for different pieces of furniture or floor space.

Tuscany Linen Wedgewood Blue Bolster

Bolster pillows, unlike the traditional rectangular or box pillow, are cylindrical in shape and are sturdier as well – an excellent option for leaning or propping up the head or legs.

bolster pillow
Edges and Flanges for Pillows

There are a number of different shapes that the edges of a pillow can take. For instance, the most basic type of pillow that you will see is the rectangular knife edge pillow. This type of pillow consists very simply of two square or rectangular pieces of fabric sewn together around the edges, creating a seam.

There are more decorative styles of pillows, however, such as the flange pillow, which has a band of flat fabric around its edges. These are enormously versatile and customizable, as the flange can be a different pattern than the rest of the pillow – though it doesn’t have to be. A welted or corded pillow has a cord rather than a flange around the seam, which can also be comprised of the same fabric as the pillow, or a different fabric which coordinates.

Finally, the box pillow has raised, flat sides. This type of pillow is typical of the couch or seat cushion. The sides of the box can match or contrast the top and bottom of the pillow. Any pillow can come with tassels and other fun decorations, so don’t be afraid to look at several different styles and shapes.

 

Box Edge Royal Suede Wine

Box Edge Royal Suede Pillow

Box Edge Rectangular Suede Pillows

Box Edge Royal Suede Rectangular Pillow

Box Edge Stripes Pillow

Box Edge Stripes Pillow

Types of Stuffing

There are just a couple of types of pillow stuffing, namely down and synthetic options. Down requires the owner to fluff the pillow regularly, which is why many pillows are made of a down/feather or down/synthetic blend to hold their shapes more readily. Synthetic fillings have actually improved enormously over the past couple of decades, which means they can be as comfortable as down, and are a great option for pillows that will see a lot of wear. For example, polyester Fiberfil is hypoallergenic, a great option for those who want the feel of down but suffer from allergic reactions.

Texture and Color

Colors and textures are the most obvious aspects of any pillow, so choose throws that you like the look and feel of. Don’t be afraid to go a little wild, either – like with this Snow Leopard Faux Fur Throw Pillow from Pillow Décor, which mixes a fun pat tern with a luxurious texture.

Variegated Faux Fur Pillow

Soft and cosy Variegated Faux Fur Pillow

Mongolian Sheepskin Gray Pillow

Mongolian Sheepskin Gray Pillow

Snow Leopard Faux Fur

Snow Leopard Faux Fur Throw Pillow

Neutral Doesn’t Have To Be Boring

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Neutral color schemes are a growing trend in many households. Although neutral furnishings may seem boring, believe it or not, that is a thing of the past. Let’s talk a little bit about how to decorate with neutral tones without leaving your space feeling drab.

Interesting Shapes

When the color palette of a room is comprised entirely of neutrals, then the shapes of your room decorations and furniture pieces are far more noticeable than ever before. Consider, for instance, spicing up a room with an interestingly shaped mirror or an elegant coffee table.

Warm and Comforting Textures

You don’t have to feel every item in the room to know that including texture adds an overall feeling of comfort and warmth. Woven items or rough wall textures like brick definitely change the feel of the room. Texture can mean smooth or soft, too – like leather or suede furniture pieces.

Mongolian Sheepskin Neutral Pillow

Mongolian Sheepskin Pillows are great for incorporating natural materials and soft textures that add interest to a room.

Secret Garden Neutral Accent Pillow

Adding heavy textured pillows like this earthy handmade Secret Garden Natural Pillow adds warms to a living space.

Layers and Colors

One important thing to note about decorating with neutral tones is to do away with tan. Neutrals don’t necessarily mean an entirely beige room – and, in fact, that can make a space feel dull and flat. Crisp black and white or rich, chocolate browns are also neutrals that can give a room a sense of energy or relaxation, depending on how you structure them. Consider, too, how light comes into play. Light creates more layers and shapes in a room depending upon how it is distributed, so use multiple lamps or lighting fixtures and see where you end up.

black and white neutrals

Neutral Throw Pillows

Organic and natural shapes can do wonders to add texture to a room, and what simpler way to incorporate these shapes than with a throw pillow? Plant and animal themed pillows fit into the neutral space of a room without overwhelming it with color and add a touch of nature in a room.

Neutral Thisle Flower Pillow

The rich detail of the French tapestry adds texture to a neutral interior.

Neutral Garlic Flower Pillow

The pale blue garlic flower with its sculptural shape offers a delicate touch to a neutral space.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Neutral Pillow

The dog lovers looking to create a neutral home decor will appreciate this Leonardo da Vinci sketch style dog pillow.

Exotic Cat Neutral Pillow

Created in the style of a Leonardo da Vinci sketch, this pillow is a great accent for a cat lover’s neutral home.

Decorating with Throw Pillows: DOs and DON’Ts

Decorating with Throw Pillows

If you don’t want to paint an entire wall or commit to a trend that is going to soon die, it’s a great idea to use throw pillows to encompass fresh concepts on a budget. However, many people struggle with finding pillows that coordinate with one another. This interior decorating dilemma creates a pillow nightmare! (Pun intended). But don’t panic! By following certain guidelines, you can successfully transform the look and feel of your home by decorating with throw pillows only.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Decorating with Throw Pillows

People commonly (and correctly!) complain about the matching throw pillows that came with their sofa looking rather dull and unexciting. Don’t let those drab little guys ruin your living space! Here are some suggestions to help you use pillows to decorate with taste and purpose .

  • Don’t: Purchase a random patterned pillow because it is cute. It is important that you coordinate the colors throughout your rooms, and if you are going to use a patterned cushion, make sure it picks up at least one color that is already in your space.
  • Do: Look to see if there is a color in your room you want to pull together. If you have accents throughout your room in similar hues, incorporate a solid bold pillow to pull everything together. For example, if you have caramel tones throughout your house, find some striking orange pillows. Always search for complementary colors.

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  • Don’t: Mix random textures that are too different in styles. For example, textures that are better suited for a formal setting (damask, satin,velvet, etc.) might not coordinate well with less refined, rougher textures often used for earthy, casual interiors (tweed,canvas,leather,corduroy, etc.)
  • Do: Break the rules and be creative! When done with taste and purpose, combining different styles, textures, colors and patterns can bring amazing results. This approach works especially well when you are going for an eclectic interior, full of personality.

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Finally, it’s a great idea to take a fan deck of paint colors and select chips that match furniture already in your space. When you go out shopping for throw pillows, you can easily reference the chip to determine which option will best match your decor.

Pillow Décor’s Caravan Cotton Pillows in Solid Colors

Bold Caravan Cotton Pillows in a range of solid colors are great for tying in decor accents

Tussar Silk Pillows

Hand woven raw silk pillows in a range of muted solid colors.

Halloween: Last Minute Decorating Ideas

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  • Paint Your Pumpkin!

No time to carve? No problem! Pick up some painting supplies and get creative with your friends and family.  Unlike carving, even the youngest kids can enjoy this fun Halloween activity!

  • Treats for The Party

If you are throwing a Halloween party but feel there is not enough time to decorate your home, don’t worry – treat your guests to some tasty, Halloween-inspired desserts such as these fun and festive cupcakes. Try serving your friends cupcakes in a jar – a funky Halloween version of the traditional cupcake – plus, very convenient for a stand-up type of party!

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  • Halloween Themed Stickers

If you have no time to invest in decorating your interior for Halloween, consider spooking up the exterior of your house or apartment with black window stickers. The scary and mysterious silhouettes on the windows will get you and your neighbors in the Halloween mood. Add some orange lights to frame the windows for the full effect.

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  • Balloons

One fast and hassle-free option is to use orange balloons with scary Halloween drawings or stickers on them, which can be bought or quickly made at home.

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  • Decorative Halloween Candles

Spelling Halloween-related words on a set of candles colored in yellow, orange, rust and brown is a great addition to the atmosphere. Candles of various shapes, colors and sizes are easily available from your nearest supermarket. To save money, try wrapping the candles you already have at home with colored tissue paper that can be found in your local dollar store. Next, attach vinyl or paper letters to spell words like “October”, “Happy Halloween” and “Boo!”

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  • Halloween Throw Pillows

One of the easiest ways to decorate your home for holidays in a comfortable and functional fashion is to throw in some decorative pillows. At Pillow Décor, we got you covered for your Murder Mystery Halloween party!  Add a splash of blood red to your living room with this shockingly sophisticated Bullet Point Pillow.

  • Halloween Throw Pillow

 

When to Give a Throw Pillow as a Gift

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When it comes to gift giving, pillows can be a hit or a miss. Understanding the recipient’s taste and unique circumstances is crucial to choosing a gift pillow they will enjoy and display, instead of letting it languish in a closet (or giving it away).

 When to Give a Gift Pillow

Sometimes it’s appropriate to give a pillow, and other times it’s best to go with another gift. In the following situations, a pillow is acceptable:

  •  Housewarming parties. The most popular time to give a pillow is at a housewarming party. After all, guests are there for the purpose of seeing the home and congratulating the owners on their new move. If it’s your first time visiting the home since it’s been decorated, you’ll want to go with very neutral colors that could be used with a variety of styles.
  •  Bridal showers. Giving a pillow at a bridal shower is entirely appropriate. In most cases, guests are asked to provide a gift that will contribute to the new couple’s home, and a pillow can be a very memorable and much needed gift.
  •  Holidays. Many people enjoy trading out pillows throughout the year. This is typically done on a seasonal basis, and styles are usually related to holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Valentine’s Day. At holiday parties, consider giving a themed pillow as a housewarming gift. It can be put to immediate use and is always appropriate.
Birthday Cupcakes on Green

Birthday Cupcakes on Green French Tapestry.

  •  Birthdays. If you know the person very well, you can give a pillow as a birthday gift. Here, though, you need to be more careful. With less guidance than other situations, you can easily go astray with a style that is neither useful nor tasteful.

 Considerations for Pillow Gift Giving

There is no need to overthink things, but do give consideration to the following areas:

  •  Style. What is the recipient’s current color scheme?
  •  Theme. Does the recipient have a favorite theme? (I.e. dogs, flowers, or pattern)
  •  Function. Does the recipient have small children or pets? (Functionality vs. Style)
Havanese Dog Pillow

The Havanese Dog Pillow makes a great gift for anyone who owns this breed.

Andalusian Horses Pillows

The Andalusian Horses Pillow makes a great gift for a horse lover.

Maine Coon Pillows

The Maine Coon Cat Throw Pillow makes a great gift for any cat lover.

 Pillow Décor

At Pillow Décor, we have pillows for every occasion. Regardless of the style, material, shape, size, or color you’re looking for, we have something that will suite your needs. For gift giving, you can also consider a gift certificate – which is perfect for any occasion.

Let it Fall: Decorating Ideas for Autumn

Halloween pumpkins on the porch

Fall is the favorite season of many individuals. From changing leaves to cooler, breezier days and pumpkin-flavored everything, autumn is often a time of transition and reminiscence. As you prepare your home for colder months, incorporating autumnal elements into your home décor is the perfect way to celebrate and invoke the season.

5 Decorating Ideas for Autumn

This fall, give these five decorating tips a shot:

  • Hints of autumn. You don’t have to change everything when fall rolls around. Some of the best design features are subtle and suppressed. Add orange and red splashes to your existing color palette for best results.
  • Natural tablescape. Nothing says autumn like large family dinners around the kitchen table. Use small pumpkins, pinecones, and other natural elements to create a natural tablescape that is reminiscent of the outdoors. Orange napkins and antique place settings can also contribute to the look.
  • Throw pillows. Replacing or accenting existing pillows can be a great way to add a pop of autumn color. Browns, oranges, and reds can complement any existing style without affecting the room’s overall design.

Fall Decor

  • Front porch. One of the best parts about autumn is that you can leave your doors open and freely transition between indoor and outdoor living without compromising your level of comfort. To create a statement from the moment you enter the door, line your steps or walkway with pumpkins, straw, and flowers.
  • Smell of autumn. Your home’s design doesn’t have to be limited to visual statements. Great decorating ideas for autumn include warm colored candles that add to the overall experience. Look for pumpkin or spice scented candles and scatter them throughout the house for ambience.

Pillow Décor

At Pillow Décor, we love this time of year! When you browse our collection of pillows, you will discover a number of styles, colors, shapes, and sizes to satisfy your design needs. Contact us for more information or assistance!
Fall decor

Expressing Your Style with Graphic Pillows

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For individuals looking to make a bold statement with home accessories, graphic pillows are the perfect option. From ethnic designs to artistic drawings to modern prints, a graphic pillow exists to suit any aesthetic. How will you express your style?

Types of Graphic Pillows

Every graphic pillow is unique and different. While they all fall under the category of “graphic,” here are a few specific types:

  • Lettering. Some graphic pillows spell out words, phrases, or quotes. These are often very expressive and should be used sparingly in appropriate rooms. Kids particularly enjoy graphic lettering, but you can frequently find them on patio furniture, in game rooms, and in other less formal settings.
Pillow Décor’s lean on me graphic pillow

Lean On Me Graphic Pillow

  • Pictures. The classic graphic pillow has a picture or artistic rendition of some event. This could be of a favorite sports team, celebrity, historical figure, or classic work of art. The picture is often printed in very specific tones and colors that are appropriate for the particular fabric used.
Pillow Décor’s dos banditos graphic pillow

Dos Banditos Graphic Pillow

  • Unique designs. The most popular graphic pillows contain a combination of particular objects and abstract designs. For example, graphic pillows with a bird and an accompanying floral pattern are a common style.
Pillow Décor’s metallic birds desert sand graphic pillow

Metallic Birds Desert Sand Graphic Pillow

Where to Use Graphic Pillows

It’s hard to make generalizations about where graphic pillows can be used – as there are so many different types and styles – but some of the most common rooms include:

  • Patios. Screened porches and patios are usually casual and stylish. This provides the perfect opportunity to implement graphic pillows. They can break up the monotony of a room and provide a much needed spark of color.
  • Living rooms. As one of the primary entertainment rooms in most homes, the living room is a great place to include a couple graphic pillows. Try putting one on either side of a sofa for a stylish statement.
  • Home offices. Home offices are often very personalized spaces. Graphic pillows can be a great way to add some color and make a statement at the same time.

There are so many ways to create a modern graphic space and graphic pillows are a fun and easy-to-implement option.

Pillow Décor

At Pillow Décor, we offer a number of pillow solutions for your home. For those interested in graphic pillows, head on over to our store and check out the wide variety of products available.

What Your Favorite Colors Say about Your Personality

What Your Favorite Colors Say about You!

What Your Home Says about You!

Whether it’s a t-shirt, car, or pillow, we all have color preferences. But did you know the colors you choose say a lot about who you are? Your favorite color is usually related to your personality. Read on to learn more about what your home’s design colors and themes say about you.

Interesting Color Facts

Before getting started, let’s take a look at some interesting facts about colors. Did you know:

  • Humans see in three primary colors. They are red, yellow, and blue.
  • Zip Lock bags used to manufacture their seal in yellow and blue, so the user would know it was sealed when it turned green (the combination of the two colors).
  • Men and women actually see the color red quite differently. That’s because the gene that allows us to see and interpret red is found in the X chromosome (of which females have two and males possess only one).

Primary Colors

What does your favorite color say about you?

  • White. White is the symbol for innocence, purity, and childhood. As an adult, your preference for the color white could signal a desire to recapture innocence and youth. It could also symbolize a yearning for a simpler life.
  • Black. This is a classy, dignified color. This usually signals a desire for suppression and mystery. You likely have inner longings that most people don’t know about.
  • Red. This color is directly related to passion, strength, healing, and vitality. This likely means you have an ambitious nature and are very optimistic. If you tend to be quiet and have a preference for red, it may signal a desire for warmth and strength.
  • Yellow. This is the color of happiness and imagination. People with a preference for yellow are usually adventurous, intellectual, and easy going.
  • Blue. If you have an affinity for the color blue, you are likely soft, compassionate, and caring. It signals introspection and self-control. People who like blue are typically worriers and can sometimes be too cautious.
  • Purple. The color purple indicates a unique, witty personality. You are probably artistic and sometimes misunderstood.

At Pillow Décor, we understand everyone has different tastes and styles. To learn more about the language of color read this more in depth article from Pillow Decor, or browse our vast selection of pillows and express your personality through color!

Zen Interiors

Creating Zen Interiors

Zen Interiors: Shifting to a  More Balanced Life – Starting with Your Home!

A Zen inspired interior conjures up an image of a harmonious and peaceful space, one that invites relaxation and unwinding from a busy day. Clean and airy rooms with soft light, natural finishings, textures and decorations come to mind. Today, few would argue that life can get rather hectic at times, so it is no surprise that versatile variations of Zen home interiors are so popular.

As with any decorating style, while there is always room for creative self-expression, following certain techniques will help you achieve the desired Zen look.

Simplicity

Zen is often associated with minimalist style. Minimalism strives to only show the essential qualities of things without excessive decorations and overwhelming color combinations. The preference is given to simple natural materials, basic geometric forms and toned-down colors.

Try to keep your design free of clutter and only introduce one or two accent pieces that fit with the overall concept. These steps will help create a sense of peace and calmness expected of a Zen inspired space.

Accent on Nature

When it comes to choosing interior finishings, using natural materials such as wood, bamboo, stone and natural fabrics is a great way to bring nature into your home. Use earthy colors like soft hues of green, pink and grey, beige and white.

Placing plants inside a room is not only visually calming but will bring more oxygen into your home. Soft textures of upholstery fabrics, rugs and throw pillows will effectively add to the relaxed atmosphere.

Try experimenting with natural scents to engage your senses. They may come in the forms of essential oils, candles, sprays or incenses. Different scents are suited for different purposes and many have healing, calming or invigorating qualities

Asymmetry

Nature is fascinating in the way it constantly evolves. Zen inspired interiors use asymmetry as a symbol of the process of life. It is believed to help nurture one’s imagination and creativity, whereas uniformity of design is considered a sign of stagnation. Thus, placing your furniture and décor pieces asymmetrically will create a sense of movement and change.

Finding Zen in Asymmetry

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When your decorating process is over, don’t forget the fundamental requirement for achieving your Zen – living fully and authentically in the present moment and joyfully accepting each day with gratitude. Decorated in Zen style, your home can be your daily inspiration to live a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Zen Pillows

Mongolian Sheepskin Pillow

Mongolian Sheepskin Pillows in Snow White and Champagne are great for incorporating natural materials and soft textures.

Tuscany Linen Pillows

Tuscany Linen pillows and bolsters in Earthy colors. Natural fabrics and textures will bring you closer to nature no matter where you live.

Buddha French Tapestry Pillows

A Buddha pillow can serve as a great accent piece in your Zen inspired home. They will add a touch of calm and color.

Cactus Flower Throw Pillow

The Sandra Forzani Catus Flower Pillow will add a sense of serenity. The pillow is great for both indoors and outdoors.

On the Dot: How Polka Dots are Redefining Interior Design Trends

How Polka Dots are Redefining Interior Design Trends

Polka dots are one of those classic patterns that can seem timeless yet trendy at the same time, so it’s no surprise that they are experiencing a significant comeback for Spring 2014. In the world of fashion design, polka dots popped up all over the Spring/Summer runways this year. Fresh and eye-catching, polka dots appeared in bright colors, ranging from tiny dots to large spots. Depending on how polka dots are designed, they can appear young and fresh or sleek and sophisticated.

Polka Dots at Home

With polka dots making such a splash in the world of fashion design, it makes sense that interior design has followed suit and embraced polka dots as well. Polka dots are showing up as a part of all of the latest home décor lines. As with clothing, polka dots can lend a touch of sophistication or youthful freshness, depending on the styling and design. Black and white polka dots are particularly popular, as they add a graphic, modern feel to a room.

There are plenty of places throughout your home where you can introduce polka dots and work this trend into your interior design. Consider adding the following elements to your home décor:

• A polka dot bedspread. In the bedroom, make a graphic statement by switching to a colorful, dotted comforter. If that’s too much of a statement for your taste, try a bedspread with spotted details or allow polka dot sheets to peek out from underneath a solid comforter.

• Spotted wallpaper. For the uber-trendy, polka dot wallpaper is irresistible. Dotted wallpaper makes a room seem chic and glamorous.

• Dotted throw pillows. One of the easiest ways to incorporate polka dots into your home décor is to buy a few spotted throw pillows. For instance, Pillow Décor’s cream multicolor dots decorative pillow would make a stylish addition to any living room.

Once you get started with this trend, it’s hard to stop! How will you introduce polka dots to your interior design?

Pillow Décor’s cream multicolor dots decorative pillow

Multicolor Dots Decorative Pillow

Updating Your Boring Bedroom

Updating Your Boring Bedroom

Don’t Let Your Bedroom Décor Put You To Sleep: How To Transform Your Boring Bedroom

Your bedroom should be a tranquil place where you can relax at the end of a stressful day. Still, the décor does not have to be dull in order for it to be calming and comfortable. Let’s look at a few different ways to transform your bedroom space into one that you can enjoy with a few simple steps.

Mix and Match

Colors, patterns, you name it. If your room is too dull for words, then it’s time to spice it up. Many people are afraid of mixing multiple patterns, but lots of patterns in a room can actually be quite harmonious! The trick, of course, is to keep the hues similar between individual patterns.

Bright colors can be great as accents if your room is mostly white or neutral. They don’t have to overwhelm a room, either – if you keep the walls and bedding white, then any colorful touch will pop on its own, whether it’s a rug, bookshelf, or throw pillow.

Find Fabrics You Love

One great way to jump start the redecorating process is to inspire yourself with fabric patterns that you love, and work from there. If you revolve your new room around a theme, it will feel like a space you can come home to and relax in.

Accessories

Accessories don’t have to overwhelm a room. The right combination of furniture and accessories can even be the only things you use to do your décor overhaul – don’t forget that accessories can totally change the whole look and feel of a space. Consider graphic pillow accents with additions like these Alhambra Handprint Indigo throw pillows to round out your room and add an individual flair to your entire space, even if you prefer to keep the majority of the space swathed in neutral colors or tones.

Alhambra Handprint Indigo Throw Pillow

Alhambra Handprint Indigo Throw Pillow

Decorating with Metallics

Decorating with Metallic Colors

Ring in with Bling: Decorating with Metallics

As we settle into 2014, readers may be wondering what some of the hottest trends in decorating might be for the brand new year. One of the most prominent trends in 2014 is the use of metallic colors for decoration. Here are some ways to incorporate metallics into your living space.

Keep It Simple

Metallics can be wonderfully glamorous, but, as always, try not to go overboard. This is because a room with too many reflective surfaces can feel gaudy rather than trendy. As such, creating the right balance is important. First and foremost, make sure the metallics you choose are smaller and not too close together – think accents rather than large pieces of furniture. You can use items such as candles or candle holders, vases, or photo frames for a chic and subtle incorporation of metallic shades. Don’t worry too much about mixing metallics – if silver and gold both strike your fancy, you can definitely use both in a way that is tasteful as long as you retain an overall simple feel of your space.

Decorating with Metallics

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Metallic Candles

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Light Colors and Natural Light

Metallics can be overwhelming sometimes, which is why it’s important to use lighter colors and natural light to offset the effect. Pastels, neutrals, and natural tones are great choices for the primary color of a room, and you may even find that metallics will enhance the natural light in a room (as in the way a mirror might).

Throw Pillows

One excellent way to add metallic accents to a space is to use throw pillows. Metallics against matte colors or the aforementioned neutrals can definitely pop. Consider a throw pillow that has a neutral base with metallic accents, such as the Metallic Birds Blue Haze Throw Pillow from Pillow Décor. The wonderfully glamorous look of metallic accents simply can’t be beat, especially when paired with soft and luxurious fabrics.

Pillow Decor - Metallic Birds Blue Haze Throw Pillow

Pillow Decor – Metallic Birds Blue Haze Throw Pillow

Ditch The Plastic Santa: Keeping Your Holiday Decor Stylish

Holiday Decor Trends

Tired of plastic lawn Santas and the same icicle lights you see on the outside of every home during the holidays? You are definitely not alone. Consider some of these holiday decor trends to change things up. It doesn’t mean you have to give up tradition – just give it a little nudge in a new direction and see what family and friends think. You can always bring back the plastic Santa next year!

Hanging Lights and Decorations

If you usually restrict hanging decorations to the Christmas tree, you may be looking for somewhere else for those Shiny Brites to go. Have you considered hanging your sparkly baubles and snowflakes from your overhead lights to make them really shimmer and shine?

If you have kids, or even if you have young relatives visiting you this holiday season, maybe it’s time to change up your usual red and green. Brightly colored decorations and stockings hanging on the mantel can do wonders and add whimsy to your overall holiday décor.

Chic Color Schemes

Of course, bright colors and whimsical decorations may not be your cup of tea for the holidays. You can definitely achieve a wintry wonderland feeling with simple neutral colors with accents of gold lighting for a more subtle, chic take on decorating.

Holiday Themed Pillows

Maybe what you really want to do is swap out some of your usual decorations for holiday ones. Do you have those special pillows for this time of year yet? Consider adding elegant holiday pillows to your collection, like these Tuscany Linen Metallic throw pillows. These pillows add a beautiful silver sheen accent to your home and will reflect the brightness of your Christmas lighting. Pillows like these are especially wonderful if you want a festive pillow that you can use year round.

Of course, you may want pillows with more holiday-specific decorations, which is where pillows like this Holly Berry Pillow come into play. These pillows will fit so nicely into your warm and welcoming decoration scheme, you’ll be sad to put them away when the holidays are over.

Tuscany Linen Silver Metallic 12x20 Throw Pillow

Tuscany Linen Silver Metallic Pillow

Holly Berry Throw Pillow

Holly Berry Throw Pillow

Decorating with Holiday Style

Spice Up Your Decor for the Holidays

We love the way so many homes transform during the holidays. As the temperature dips, most of us turn up the heat inside. The usual suspects for changing the color and mood of your home for the holidays are crackling fires, twinkle lights, candles, vases, flowers, table linens, iconic imagery, and holiday tree ornaments. It’s no surprise that one of our favorite ways to warm up, spice up, or otherwise reflect the season is to add twinkle, texture and color with throw pillows. They are relatively inexpensive, abundant in colors and styles, and the covers can be folded into tiny little envelopes to be stored for the rest of the year. The inserts can be redressed and stay on the sofa where they belong.

We’ve chosen some of our favorite pillows, so easily adapted to reflect the holidays.

Add some twinkle and shine with these metallic, 100% linen pillows:

Tuscany Linen Silver Metallic 16x16 Throw Pillow

Tuscany Linen Silver

Tuscany Linen Gold Metallic 16x16 Throw Pillow

Tuscany Linen Gold

Tuscany Linen Platinum Metallic 16x16 Throw Pillow

Tuscany Linen Platinum

Use luxurious faux fur or Mongolian sheepskin pillows to add warmth and texture:

Snow Leopard Faux Fur 20x20 Throw Pillow

Snow Leopard Faux Fur

Mongolian Sheepskin Snow White

Mongolian Snow White

Tawny Lynx Faux Fur 20x20 Throw Pillow

Tawny Lynx Faux Fur

Mongolian Sheepskin Champagne

Mongolian Champagne

Choose an accent color(s) to complement the rest of your holiday décor:

Glamorous Greens

Houndstooth Spheres 18x18 Green Throw Pillow

Houndstooth Spheres

Milano 16x16 Sage Decorative Pillow

Milano Sage Green

Monroe Velvet Stripes 22x22 Green Throw Pillow

Monroe Velvet Green

Rich Reds

Bohemian Damask Red, White and Ocher Throw Pillow

Bohemian Damask Red

Proud Peacock Red Throw Pillow

Proud Peacock Red

Monroe Velvet Stripes 22x22 Red Throw Pillow

Monroe Velvet Red

Moody Blues

Glitter Stripes 20x20 Blue and Gray Throw Pillow

Bohemian Damask Red

Milano 16x16 Indigo Decorative Pillow

Milano Indigo

Houndstooth Spheres 18x18 Blue Throw Pillow

Houndstooth Spheres Blue

Party Pinks

Metallic Floral Pink

Metallic Floral Pink

Scroll on Deep Pink Silk LT Throw Pillow

Scroll Pink Silk

Houndstooth Spheres 18x18 Pink Throw Pillow

Houndstooth Spheres Pink

Passionate Purples

Ribbed Silk Plum Wine 17x17 Throw Pillow

Ribbed Silk Plum Wine

Velvet Multi Stripes Blue 16x16 Throw Pillow

Velvet Multi Stripes

Milano 16x16 Purple Decorative Pillow

Milano Purple

Or, if you aren’t in the mood to change things up completely, just add some sparkle or faux fur to your every day throw pillows and watch them take on a seasonal ambiance. Enjoy the season!

2014 Decorating Trends

Art Pillows Are In for 2014

The New Year is right around the corner and with it comes a lot of excitement about the new 2014 Decorating Trends. At Pillow Decor we have always maintained that for the vast majority of people, personal style will always trump the latest styles. We believe that that you should be true to yourself, and that you should not let the consumer machine bully you into making changes that just aren’t right for you. Remember our last blog about finding your personal decorating style?

However, there are plenty of times when a new decorating trend might really resonate with you. Perhaps its a new twist on something old and familiar, or a whole new aesthetic that cries out to you, telling you that it is time to shed your old skin and reinvent yourself. Or maybe you are at a new stage in your life, building a new home, renovating, or downsizing.

Whatever your reasons, it is always fun to look ahead at the trends that are coming down the road. So here is a list of the prime 2014 decorating trends as predicted by some of the the leading home decorating authorities. It will be interesting to see how they take shape over the coming months.

Five 2014 Decorating Trends

Art Is In

Whether the piece is traditional or abstract, 2014 is the year of art—and the bigger the better. Many homes will make art a focal point of the room. Want to incorporate this art trend throughout your home? Look for pillows that are inspired by an art piece you love.

See You Later Plain Jane!

Luxurious velvets and silks will replace plain fabrics in 2014. By incorporating a silky bedspread or velvet pillows into your home’s décor, it will create an elegant flare throughout your living space.

Ergonomics

Many furniture companies are releasing new collections that are embodying organic forms and pure lines. This trend promotes comfort with functionality, so look for simple accessories with a modernistic feel. The Waverly Groovy Grille Licorice throw pairs nicely with ergonomic furniture.

It’s All About the Fur

Furs and skins are making their way back into homes, which creates a cozy and inviting look. Are you ready to embrace this craze? Look for pillows made of sheepskins or other animal-inspired furs.

Gold Rush

Many designers are incorporating gold accents into their lines. You will see tablemats, cushions, pillows, and other accessories adorned with this lavish color. Try a metallic gold pillow on your couch for some added elegance, like the Gold With Brown Baroque Pattern throw.

 

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