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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.

 

What’s Your Decorating Style?

What is your decorating style!

Contemporary, modern, traditional or eclectic? Do you know what your decorating style is. Get a grip on your personal decorating style before you go shopping!

Many people struggle to find their personal decorating style, which makes décor shopping overwhelming and frustrating. You want everything to be seamlessly integrated, comfortable yet on trend, and hopefully unique to you and your lifestyle… a difficult task if you don’t know what you’re looking for. As a first step to pinpointing your unique style, let’s uncover some of the main décor and design genres.

Different Home Decorating Styles

Contemporary: This décor style is sophisticated but comfortable, featuring clean lines mixed with smooth, round surfaces. Contemporary color palettes generally focus on neutral tones like beige, white, and tan, often with accents of bold color. Décor elements include light woods, metallic or reflective accents in chrome, steel or glass, and natural, textured fabrics. This style promotes ease, simplicity, and functionality. One of our favorite contemporary pillows is the Contemporary Dark Taupe Leaf throw.

Contemporary Dark Taupe Leaf Throw Pillow

Contemporary Dark Taupe Leaf Throw Pillow

Modern: This décor style is for individuals who love both luxury and comfort. It mixes ornate patterns with furniture that is typically modeled after 18th century English, British Colonial revival, 19th Century neoclassical and French country. Think symmetrical arrangements, rich color schemes and bronze or gold accents. Traditional homes often include peach, red, tan, and green tones, a variety of trim, tassels and fringe, and heavier, luxurious textiles such as velvet and chenille. The Waverly Groovy Grille Licorice throw looks great in any modern room; pair it with a dramatic accent pillow to make your sofa pop.

Waverly Groovy Grille Licorice 22x22 Throw Pillow

Waverly Groovy Grille Licorice 22×22 Throw Pillow

Traditional: This décor style is for individuals who love both luxury and comfort. It mixes ornate patterns with furniture that is typically modeled after 18th century English, British Colonial revival, 19th Century neoclassical and French country. Think symmetrical arrangements, rich color schemes and bronze or gold accents. Traditional homes often include peach, red, tan, and green tones, a variety of trim, tassels and fringe, and heavier, luxurious textiles such as velvet and chenille. Traditional lovers should check out our Traditional Floral decorative pillow in wine.

Traditional Floral in Wine 18x18 Decorative Pillow

Traditional Floral in Wine 18×18 Decorative Pillow

Eclectic: Don’t be afraid to mix styles if it suits your aesthetic. Just remember that eclectic décor is not cluttered; rather it is a purposeful, mixing of styles with the goal of producing a cohesive, unified design scheme. To avoid design chaos, pay attention to scale, play up contrasts (pairing the ornate with simple and clean, or bold patterns with solids), balance the mix of different styles so that they appear to be evenly represented, mix your accessories (but don’t use too many) and use color to tie everything together. Done right, this style can produce a look that is entirely unique. We love the following pillows for their aesthetically pleasing audacity!

Lava Lamp Green 20x20 Throw Pillow

Houndstooth Spheres 18x18 Pink Throw Pillow

Buddha in Pink French Tapestry Throw Pillow

How to Find Your Own Decorating Style

While keeping these styles in mind, it’s time to walk around your house and look at its contents with a critical eye. Make a list that includes things you love and things you wish you could replace. Spend some time purging things that you don’t love and that don’t have any sentimental value. What are the elements that unite your home and which items do you love? Is there a theme in furniture, textiles, colors, or accessories?

Go-to Stores? Where do you shop and what are you drawn to in those stores? This will tell you a lot about your style. Do you prefer stores with a singular, strong design aesthetic like Restoration Hardware or West Elm, or do you find yourself seeking stores with an eclectic mix of items and styles?

How do you dress your walls? Art is very personal – can you tell your design style from your art choices? Oil paintings suggest a preference for the traditional, while a tendency towards landscape watercolors might indicate contemporary leanings. Or perhaps you would prefer to fill you walls with sophisticated black and white photos?

How do you dress yourself? Look at your wardrobe and see the themes. Do you love color and pretty, feminine silhouettes, or do you tend toward neutrals and classics? This will help you determine your overall style, which likely translates to your favored home décor genre.

What do you like to do? If you have strong interests and hobbies, incorporate them into your design through art, wall hangings, photographs, throw pillows, books, and accessories. Your home should be an expression of you and your life, or the lives of those you love.

Where do you like to go? Where do you go when you travel and where do you like to stay? Incorporate items you have brought back from your travels or use what you have seen or where you have stayed as inspiration for your own home. Travel is easily incorporated through art, textiles, accessories and color.

Imagine your dream home. Room by room, envision what your dream home would look like and look for a common thread. Start a file or pinboard of designs you like and don’t hesitate to use your friends’ homes as a source of inspiration. Whether your inspiration comes from design, colors, shapes, materials, or just an overall vibe—this will help you pinpoint your personal style. Match your style with one of the genres and start searching for similar items to enhance your home. Remember that your style is an expression of what makes you happy, what inspires you, where you live, how you live, where you’ve been and where you want to go. Have fun!

DIY Chic Halloween Pumpkin Decorating

DIY Halloween Pumpkin Decoratiing

Check out these great DIY pumpkin decorating ideas!

Looking forward to the spookiest time of year? We are! We’ve combed the Internet to compile a list of our favorite chic DIY Halloween decorations using pumpkins. It’s proof that you can do more than just carve pumpkins to celebrate the season. If you’ve got pumpkin decorating ideas that you’d like to share, leave a comment…we’d love to see what you’ve come up with.

Pumpkin Cooler

What an ingenious way to use a pumpkin! Thanks to the creative folks at Martha Stewart for this ‘cool’ idea.

Pumpkin Cooler

Pumpkin Cooler
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Pumpkin Planters

Add drama to your entrance way without carving a single pumpkin. We love the dramatic effect that this simple idea creates. We owe this one to Good Housekeeping.

Pumkin PLanters

Pumpkin Planters
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Pumpkin Décor

For decidedly sophisticated Halloween décor, this lacy pumpkin idea from Better Homes and Gardens, is the prettiest and most feminine we’ve seen.

Lacey Pumpkin Design

Lacey Pumpkin Design
Source: Better Homes and Gardens, bhg.com

Pumpkin Lantern

Twinkling pumpkin lanterns would make a beautiful and fun centerpiece for any Halloween party you plan to throw. According to House and Home, it’s easy to achieve with a power drill.

Pumpkin Latterns

Pumpkin Latterns
Source: House and Home, houseandhome.com

Patterned Pumpkins

The sky’s the limit with this idea from Country Living. Muted and striped or bright and polka-dotted, these patterned pumpkins can be painted to fit any décor.

Patterned Pumpkins

Patterned Pumkins
Source: Country Living, countryliving.com

Metallic Pumpkins

Gilded pumpkins are always an eye-catcher, and they’re easy to create. According to Real Simple, a can of metallic spray paint is pretty much all you need.

Metallic Pumpkins

Metallic Pumpkins
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Chalkboard Pumpkins

The ultimate pumpkin decoration for those who don’t want to commit! This chalkboard pumpkin, courtesy of Real Simple, let’s you change your design whenever you please.

Chalkboard Pumpkins

Chalkboard Pumpkins
Source: Real Simple, realsimple.com

Five Ways to Decorate Your Home with Color Blocking

Color Blocking Your House

Want easy, modern style at home? Try the ‘60s inspired color blocking design trend that is as groovy in fashion as it is for home décor. It’s an easy way to give your home a modern, sophisticated look.

What is color blocking?

As popular on the runway as it is on retail store racks, color blocking is a trend that makes a bold statement. Fearless fashionistas have adapted the trend for hair, make-up and even manicures. Men’s fashions sport color blocking elements, too. It’s also used in modern architecture. But no matter where you see it, the bottom line is this: To do it well, you have to commit 100%. When it comes to color blocking, go bold or go home.

Color blocking was the product of minimalist artists during the 1960s Pop Art era. In art, it is the representation of bright colors in solid, repeated blocks. In home décor, it’s layering different single-colored items over one another.

Five ways color blocking your home

  1. Paint the walls.

    You can use your walls as your backdrop for color blocking if you paint them crisp white. Or make your walls part of your blocking by painting just three of your walls white and adding a great hue on your fourth wall.

  2. Accessorize.

    Accessories are a simple and not-too-committal way to add bold colors. Try a solid-color throw or rug, and mix it up with throw pillows in different solid shades. Or put together a selection of solid-colored vases, books, and knick-knacks on white shelves.

    Color Blocking with Throw Pillows

    Accessorize with Throw Pillows:
    Source: www.designshuffle.com

  3. Artwork

    One of the great things about color blocking is that you can easily recreate the look on a canvas without being any great artist. Buy a white canvas from your local art supply store, use painter’s tape to create your blocking design and roll on the hues of your choice. Once the paint is dry, peel off the tape, and you’ve got an original to hang on your wall. Or you can bypass the taping altogether, and paint several smaller canvases, each in a different solid color. Hang them in a lined-up row or group to instantly add a modern flair to any room.

  4. Furniture.

    Color blocking via your furniture is a more expensive way to get the look, but the results can be breathtaking. We love how inviting this space looks:

    Color Blocking with Furniture

    Color Blocking with Furniture
    Source: Houzz, Houzz.com

  5. Look up and down

    Add color to your ceiling with a great single-colored shade for your dining room light fixture. If you’re feeling adventurous and you have a floor that can be painted, think about changing the shade beneath your feet.

Have you used color blocking in your home? Send us photos and let us share your color blocking success story! Email: reply@blog.pillowdecor.com

How to Display Pillows on Your Bed!

Decorating your bed with pillows

Whether you like a few or a lot, pillows can make your bed look as good as it feels, night after night!

Neat and Simple

If you like orderly style, stack a couple of uniformly sized pillows at the head of the bed. Inviting, but not overwhelming.

Neat and Simple Bed PIllows

Throw Pillows: Keeping it Simple

Throw Pillows Neat and Simple

Throw Pillows: Neat and Simple

Luxurious Bed Pillows

You want your bed to look and feel ultra-luxurious. Stand differently sized (feel free to throw in rolled pillows with square ones), and patterned pillows up in three rows in front of your headboard. Fluff each one up, and give each that ol’ karate chop in the top centre for that extra touch.

Bed Pillows: A Lean Toward Luxury

Throw Pillows: A Lean Toward Luxury

Carefree bed Pillows

If your style leans more towards the less structured, this look is easy to achieve. Just toss and enjoy!

Throw Pillows: Carefree and Comfortable

Throw Pillows: Carefree and Comfortable

Black and White: Dynamic duo adds drama to your décor

Black and White Decor

Don’t underestimate the statement that black and white can make in your home décor. This dynamic color duo can be simple and chic or stylishly over the top. We love how easy these home accessories can help you achieve a black-and-white theme.

This geometric wallpaper is graphic and ultramod. We found “Reflection” at Graham Brown (www.grahambrown.com). Bold patterned wall papers are becoming popular again. They are better than ever, easier to apply and more durable.

If you are thinking about a graphic wall paper like the one above, complement it with other accents that are clean, simple and more subtly patterned. For example, an inexpensive black fabric-shaded square lamp (www.ikea.com) like this one adds a soft glow to your room. This will work perfectly in a black and white theme.

Ikea Sangen Table Lamp

Not sure about plastering up a bold black and white wall paper? There are other options. This indoor/outdoor grommet drape (www.potterybarn.com) makes a great accent when hung against neutral walls in tandem with smaller black-and-white accessories. Just as you might only wall paper a single wall, hanging a drape like this over a single window or doorway may be enough to punch up your black and white theme.

Pottery Barn Black and White Grommet Drape

Finally, decorating with black and white doesn’t have to be entirely black and white. If you find black and white too stark, look for accents that combine classic black with softer off-white or cream tones. You get the beauty of clean contrasting lines plus the flexibility to work with your off-white accessories. Have you ever noticed how pure white throw pillows on an off-white sofa will make the sofa look dirty. Pillows like these wildly bold zebra print throw pillows from Pillow Decor (www.pillowdecor.com) can solve that problem. This black and off-white zebra pattern pillow will work beautifully on that cream or off-white sofa.

Linen Black and White Zebra Print 20x20 Throw Pillow

Share Your Black and White Decor Photos

If you are loving your black and white decor, share a photo of how you are making this dynamic duo work for you! Please email your photos to us at info@pillowdecor.com. If we use your photo online we will send you a $50 Pillow Decor gift certificate!

Cool Office Design – Pillows in the workplace

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Office design doesn’t have to be boring. We recently had fun looking for great examples of pillows in the workplace. Here are some of our favorite examples of outstanding office interiors. While some people might think that a pillow in the office might promote napping on the job, the opposite seems to be true; great office interiors can boost productivity at any corporation. Maybe these ideas will inspire you to initiate a little redecorating at your workplace!

Sunny disposition

Pocket Change in San Francisco 

Pocket Change Office Design in San Francisco
Keeping a neutral taupe, gray and white background, the gathering areas at this office get their personality from bright and bold yellow and black accents. We also love the giant chalk wall. What a great way to promote creativity among your employees.

Bring the outdoors in

Google, in Zurich, Switzerland

 Google office design in Zurich
You wouldn’t expect much less from Google’s office design. How many office spaces can boast indoor birch tree trunks? We love the way this office has brought the great outdoors in with cowhide-patterned throw pillows inside the green hives (where worker bees must gather) and flowery fabric-covered ottomans.

Tying it all together

Foursquare
Foursquare Lounge
This company takes a nod from its logo colors for its pillow pattern choices. Simple and smart!

Green: Fall 2013’s hot color

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Green is the hot hue in home décor this fall. Varying from lime to dark moss, this color can add style to any room.

Want to incorporate green in your home? If you’re feeling adventurous, paint a wall in your favorite shade. But if you’re not up for that kind of commitment, do what we love doing: play with accents instead.

Green Pillows

On a neutral palette, pillows can really pop. Add one really bold pillow to make a statement, like this Mongolian sheepskin pillow:
Green Mongolian Sheepskin Throw Pillow

Or go for a trio of cushions in varying shades and patterns for a tied-together look:

Filigree Green Pillow
Filigree Green Throw Pillow

Wide Wale Corduroy Green Pillow
Wide Wale Corduroy Green 12x20 Throw Pillow

Green Apple and Gray Stripes Throw Pillow
Green Apple and Gray Stripes Throw Pillow

Nature

Look no further than your grocery store. Granny Smith apples in a large glass bowl or green pears lined up on a long white platter instantly adds delicious flair that you can eat, too!
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Your Green Stuff

Sleuth your closets for green accessories that you can group together to create impact. Take books with green in the covers and in a stack or group different green bottles and vases together for an eclectic centerpiece.
Green Decor

Museum of Vancouver Retail Collection

MOV Bus Scroll Throw Pillow

Under an exclusive license agreement with the Museum of Vancouver (MOV), we have been making a unique series of decorative pillows for their MOV Retail Collection. This image is taken directly from one of the bus scrolls that were once used on Vancouver’s electric trolley buses in the early 1950s. At the time, bus drivers used a hand crank to rotate the information on the scroll to indicate along which route the bus was traveling.

From the Museum of Vancouver's Retail Collection, the Vancouver Bus Scroll Throw Pillow features an original bus scroll that was once used on Vancouver’s electric trolley buses in the early 1950s. Printed on front and back, the text on this vintage style throw pillow refers to bus routes that would have been displayed on the front of the bus. Made from a remarkably soft indoor/outdoor polyester fabric, this pillow has the look and feel of a natural cotton/linen blend. Designed and manufactured by Pillow Decor under license from the Museum of Vancouver.
Manufacturer: Pillow Decor
Product ID: MOV-0002-01-20
$79.95 New

Mr and Mrs Pillows – A Great Gift Idea!

Mr-and-Mrs

Summer is wedding season! We are thrilled by how well received our Mr. and Mrs. pillows have been as wedding gifts. These are printed on a 100% cream linen. Decorative pillows can be a little tricky to buy for other people sometimes, but these are neutral and will work well on a bed, in a guest room, or on his and her favorite chairs.

Understanding the Language of Color: What do colors say to you?

Color-Wheel

Upon entering a room, our eyes take in its color, proportion, balance and light as well as its overall mood. Though we may not always be able to quantify our experience, we invariably develop a strong emotional reaction. We may feel it is cold or warm, inviting or intimidating, cozy or grandiose.  Regardless of how well we may be able to express our pleasure or displeasure with any given room or space, we can always identify whether or not we like its color.

Color is the most immediate experience, one that is emotional and visceral. Colors have the power to soothe or stimulate, relax or excite, please or displease. Color can also be evocative, conjuring up memories of childhood, happy or sad experiences, remembrances of travels and places. Colors can be the most effective way to establish the mood and overall feeling of your space and may be introduced in many forms. Paint is most obvious and dramatic way to bring color to a room. But there other more subtle ways. Textiles in the form of curtains, rugs and pillows are an effective and versatile means to add color and manipulate the look and mood of your space.

Mastering color
Given the array of color choices it is a seemingly daunting prospect to choose just one. But it becomes simple once you discern the mood particular colors create and the feelings it evokes. If you want a serene bedroom for example, choose soothing and calming colors. If you want to create a vibrant room, turn up the volume color wise. For the more permanent and widespread color installations, such as paint on your walls, you have to be willing to commit.Generally it is a good idea to create canvases upon which we can introduce further color. An easy and rewarding way to introduce accent colors throughout the room is to add pillows. You may not want to have a predominantly pink room but would be happy and quite uplifted to place a hot pink throw pillow on your couch or bed for that hit of pink that satisfies without overwhelming. You may wish to warm up your room for winter with luscious color and inviting textures. While it certainly is not practical to repaint your room to suit the seasons, it is certainly possible to affect the main color by bringing in accent colors that warm it up or cool it down.Decorative pillows can instantly bring texture and color to your space. For example, a cool ocean blue room will feel airy and light in the summer accented by linen pillows in shades of blues, greens and grays. The same room can take on a much more atmospheric and dramatic feel by adding cut velvet pillows in deep purple, dramatic charcoal and moody black. Once you begin to play and experiment with color, it becomes addictive, as it is an intoxicating and sensual experience. Our moods are so easily affected by the colors that surround us that it is quite possibly the most rewarding element of design to manipulate.The language of color

Color is a key part of our lives. Its powerful impact on our mood and sense of well being is hard to quantify and sometimes even hard to discern but it nonetheless shapes our daily experience. Imagine a gray rainy day and contrast it with a bright sunny day. Imagine the introspective mood of the grey day and contrast it with the exuberant feeling one has when the sun peaks from behind the clouds. Imagine the color of rain and the color of sunshine. It may be hard to define, but unquestionably it can be experienced.

Once we start to think about color and how it affects us, exciting possibilities reveal themselves.

At home we can change the color of our surroundings and the atmosphere of our rooms by simply painting, or adding colorful pillows and throws, or placing a vibrantly colored vase on mantel or table. It is easy and infinitely rewarding.  How then, does one choose a color? Well, each color has its message and evokes a certain mood. Once you learn about the basic colors and corresponding moods, you can then apply them to achieving your design goals.

RED

Temperature: Hot
Message: Boldness, Vitality, Strength, Power, Seduction, Excitement

In nature: Attention! Red in nature either signifies danger or attraction. The amazonian red frog is poisonous and its red color keeps enemies at bay. Red spots on many birds are a means of attraction and are proudly displayed during mating season.

At home: Stimulation! Red is a bold and dominant color. Our eyes are drawn to it and will register the color immediately and intensely. For some, it can be overwhelming, for others it provides just the right amount of stimulation and excitement. Whether it is used to warm up a space, make a dramatic first impression, or add liveliness as an accent color, red is always unforgettable.

YELLOW

Temperature: Warm
Message: Joy, Playfulness, Freedom, Light, Hope, Nurturing

In nature: Light! Yellow is the color we associate with sunlight. Sunlight expands the visual field making spaces seem larger and more voluminous. Yellow flowers are vibrant and lively and command attention because they offer such a high contrast to the predominant color in nature which is green.

At home: Nurturing warmth.  Yellow is a luminous and nurturing color. It is almost impossible not to be cheered up by the golden light that is cast in most yellow rooms. Yellow is the color that most closely emulates the joyful mood of a lovely summer day. Yellow pillows are a classic way to introduce color and light to any room.

 ORANGE

Temperature: Warm
Message: Creativity, Vibrancy, Abundance, Exuberance

In nature: Liveliness! Orange flowers always convey exuberance. Even if present in small quantities, orange flowers, because of their attention grabbing hue, give the impression of abundant richness. Orange sunsets are inspiring and breathtaking. The experience of observing a sunset is enriching and satisfying.

At home: Orange is the mixture of red and yellow, both very warm colors. Whenever it is used in the home, orange and its many tonal variations (peach, apricot, persimmon, terra cotta, etc) will cast a glow. It is this warm glow that lends a subtle vitality to objects under its radiant influence. A terra cotta floor, despite its humble origin gives the impression of earthy abundance. A bright orange pillow catches the eye, while a peach room gives everyone perfect complexion. Bringing orange into a room has the same effect as lighting candles. Its magical glow instantly elevates the mood.

BLUE

Temperature: Cool
Message: Permanence, Constancy, Restfulness

In Nature: Blue is the color of the sky and the ocean which are vast and though constantly changing, are always present and offer us the promise of a new day. The vastness of the sky and the powerful presence of the ocean remind us of how vast and mysterious the universe is and evoke a feeling of wonder an depth.

At home: Blue is a wonderous color because it has infinite tones ranging from peaceful powdery blues to vibrant teal and dramatic nautical blues.  A blue room conveys tranquility, harmony and serenity. Lighter shades bring forth a tranquil atmosphere while darker ones transmit a sense of history and tradition. Blue pillows may reinforce an overall blue color scheme or introduce a blue, tranquil note.

GREEN

Temperature: Cool
Message: Harmony, Life, Contemplation

In nature: Green is the predominant color in nature. Of all the colors, it has the widest range of variations. Green is the background color to nature’s bounty. It highlights the other colors and makes them come to life.

At home: Green is a widely versatile color due to its enormous range of tones. Some shades of green are energizing and lively. Some are restful and create an ideal background to hold many other colors. Some greens are associated with a sickly complexion and create instant displeasure. Some greens are considered young and modern, while others are traditional and harmonizing.

Similarly, green pillows may add a playful touch or an elegant note.

PURPLE

Temperature: Cool and Warm
Message: Passion, Royalty, Magic

In nature: Purple flowers are always eye catching and lend a magical touch to the garden. Purple is a complex color that offers the depth of blue and the passion of red all in one.

At home: Purple is a very vivid and sensuous color. It commands special attention. Therefore, it is not for everyone and must be used sparingly as it can easily overwhelm the space. Interestingly though, lighter shades of this color such as mauve and lavender may be used widely and act as a neutral background. In small doses, such as in pillows and accessories, purple can create a very sophisticated, luxurious look.

PINK

Temperature: Warm
Message: Gentle, Delicate, Innocent, Soft

In nature: Pink flowers hold a special fascination as they present a delicate and ephemeral beauty. Hot pink flowers by contrast offer a bold statement, and convey real verve.

At home: Pink is a gentle color that tempers the hot passion of red with the purity of white. It is considered a sweet color and therefore must be used in measured amounts as not to become too cloying. Pink pillows on a bed compose a delicate haven. Hot pink pillows make a bold statement on a sofa, chair or bed.

BROWN

Temperature: Neutral
Message: Shelter

In nature: Brown is the color of earth and wood. It is the base on which everything grows. Brown represents roots, shelter and solidity.

At home: Brown exists in almost every home in the form of wood furniture and flooring.  But it can also be used as a wall color for a dramatic sheltering effect. Brown pillows and accessories seldom fail to provide a sophisticated finish to any space.

WHITE

Temperature: Cool
Message: Purity

In nature: White conjures up images of fluffy clouds and pristine snow. Snow covered fields appear clean and untouched. A white landscape appears large and uninterrupted.

At home: White can have many applications at home. A white kitchen is always pleasing and never out of style. Large expanses of white walls create a gallery feel. And crisp white linens and towels look smart and sophisticated. White pillows are the perfect metaphor for the fluffy white clouds and lend a dreamy feel to the space.

BLACK

Temperature: Cool
Message: Sophistication

In nature: Black is the night sky. It is mysterious and formal. Black represents the vastness of space and its unknown quantities. Black is also the color of many stones like onyx and slate.

At home: Black is a very suitable for any formal event. In the home, black coveys the same formality and seriousness. Hits of black in room instantly dress it up. A black lamp shade makes even the most humble lamp base appear more sophisticated. Black on pillows provide just the right amount of black to ground a color scheme.

BEIGE

Temperature: neutral
Message: Neutrality

In nature: Beige is the color of sand and various stones.  Like brown, beige provides a background against which other colors and textures can be highlighted.

At home: Beige has been maligned in the past as being a bit too bland. However, beige is the ideal color to accentuate different textures and patterns. For example, a collection of beige pillow in different patterns looks interesting and inviting.

Pillows with Personality: How to Express Yourself with Patterned Throw Pillows

Decorating with bold patterns and colors may seem a little daunting and scary at first, but it really doesn’t have to be. Bringing different patterns and colors into your room is a great way to express your personality and taste, and if there is one place where you should feel totally comfortable doing this, it is in your own home. It can be fun, exciting and rewarding. Don’t be scared, just play around with it, trust in your own creativity, and see where it takes you. The best way to ease into this is by adding your own personality pieces to your sofas, chairs or bed by using patterned throw pillows! Cheap and easy right? You shouldn’t have to spend thousands of dollars to make a statement in your room. Pillows are a great way to transform your room into a fantastic, colorful space, without breaking the bank.

Bold Pattern Throw Pillows from Pillow Decor

Bold Pattern Throw Pillows from Pillow Decor

You don’t have to keep up with today’s trends or what other people are telling you is the latest and greatest. After all, what is considered hot today may be off the list tomorrow. Put the magazines aside for now, and choose patterns and colors that you like, that make you smile and that make you feel good. That’s what really matters at the end of the day.

First things first, ask yourself how you want to feel when you are in a room. Is it your place of relaxation, or is it your family’s activity hub? Decorating with muted color palettes may bring you relaxation and tranquility, whereas decorating with striking bold patterns and colors might make you feel awake, fresh and in the mood to party.

For a relaxing living room where you want to sit back in the evening and clear your mind, consider choosing soft patterns and colors. Greens and soft yellows are proven to be relaxing, as are burnt oranges and browns. Blues and reds can be a little on the cold side, but this may be the look you are wanting? Bold patterns in bright whites, reds and blues are very fresh and nautical and may be a great way to add a thematic touch to your room.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match! One of our favorite words when it comes to decorating with throw pillows is layering. For example, let’s imagine a 3-seater sofa. Now imagine two large pillows on either side – 22-inch square is a good size to use for this. These pillows could be your pattern pillow. Now, in front of these pillows add some smaller coordinating solid color pillows. 18-inch or 16-inch square throw pillows would work well. Already you have something really special going on. If you love a lot pillows on your sofa perhaps throw a 12X20 inch rectangular pillow in the middle. You could mix and match using the same solid color or pattern, but how about being a little different and choosing a contrasting pattern that is still in keeping with the same color tones? Right away you have changed a plain 3-seater sofa into your own personal statement! Don’t forget to look around your room for color and pattern inspiration. You may have a favorite piece of art or another decorative accent piece that you want to pull in. You’ll be amazed by how your whole room can come together well with a few carefully selected pillows.

While color and shape are easier to get a grasp on, scale can be a little more complicated when it comes to patterns. If you are mixing up prints in your pillows try not to choose more than one of the same scale as they may compete with each other visually.

Now that’s not too difficult is it? Give it a go, you will surprise yourself. Bring out your true personality, and most importantly, enjoy!

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