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For those who want to incorporate international flair into their homes, throw pillows are an ideal way to do so. It is important to be respectful of the cultures whose designs you are using, which is why conscientious designers need to carefully consider mixing and matching different textiles and tapestries. Read on to learn about some of the ways savvy designers are using culturally inspired designs from multiple backgrounds on throw pillows to honor different world cultures.
“Ethnic” Textiles Inspiration
The word “ethnic” refers to designs that come from a wide array of world traditions. Sometimes these textiles are created by the culture itself, and sometimes they are simply inspired by these cultures. From Aztec to Navajo, from Balkan to Kashmiri, and even exotic animal print, there are thousands of different fabrics to choose from. It all depends on how you want to arrange them.
Respecting World Cultures
When using multicultural items around your home, it’s important to respect where they came from. For example, if you have acquired a Middle Eastern prayer rug, it’s simply discourteous to use such an item as a bath mat. Simply put, do a bit of research and know the histories of these items. On that note, it’s always respectful to contextualize your décor. Don’t simply refer to an object as “exotic” when you know its specific place of origin is Guatemala.
Arranging International Interiors
Multicultural elements can be juxtaposed together as the focus of your interior, or they can simply be used to emphasize chic, modern furniture and accessories. Internationally made dolls and small sculptures are perfect accents for bookshelves, while throw pillows are a great way to incorporate both comfort and multicultural flair. Try the traditional kilim design in this throw pillow against a muted background to make the pattern pop. Or, if you want a more local piece of culture, consider a tasteful southwest Native American inspired pillow.
Vintage decor and antique-inspired style doesn’t have to be costly. There are a number of smart ways to incorporate this kind of décor into your home while keeping money in your wallet. Let’s consider some of the best ways to add retro and antique iconography into the interior of your home.
Know Where to Look for Your Vintage Decor Finds
While visiting vintage and antique stores is certainly a delightful adventure, interesting and unique vintage decor isn’t exclusive to these locations. Surprisingly, many current retailers offer items with vintage appearances or iconography – and your guests won’t be able to tell the difference. If you really want to incorporate vintage or antique authenticity into your home, you’ll have to hit local (or regional) flea markets, rummage sales, and other buying opportunities. For the collector of vintage items, these venues are treasure troves.
While some finds may seem worn out or useless, there are ways to repurpose them or turn them into new works of art. One word of advice, however: don’t go overboard collecting junk if you don’t have a plan for what to do with it!
Vintage Style without the Hunt
If the prospect of waiting until yard sale season is already wearing you out, it’s time to consider investing in alternative ways to incorporate vintage iconography into the home. Throw pillows offer a unique, thoughtful means of showing off your penchant for vintage style. Consider, for example, a stylized pop art image of original early 20th century seltzer bottles. Blending a trendy art style with old-school antique charm is a great way to start.
Similarly, consider incorporating vintage bus scrolls into your home interior. Originally designed for the sole purpose of showing destinations in subways, buses and trams in the 1950s, bus scroll posters and canvases are great decorative accent items suitable for a variety of spaces. The vintage bus scrolls are even available as stylish graphic throw pillows.
It’s a New Year, which for many of us means exciting changes. If you are changing your living situation and wondering about creating a harmonious living space when moving in together with another person, read on. Whether you are planning to have a roommate or that special somebody has finally voiced a desire to cohabitate, it is likely that the other member of the partnership will be bringing furniture with them. Instead of getting into a fight or throwing everything on the curb and starting over, here is a handy guide to making the material parts of your life fit together.
Moving in together means Mixing and Matching
When couples move in together, the process can definitely create obstacles. For example, when one person has a more classic furniture style and the other has largely modern pieces and accents, issues can arise. The first piece of advice is to simply lay everything out and see how it looks together. As with this example from Apartment Therapy, you may find that your styles can merge better than you imagined. Of course, it also helps to keep an open mind about what should stay and what should go in order to share the space and make sure that every party is satisfied.
Objects Make Harmony
When mixing and matching modern and vintage, found objects as accents can do wonders to make a seemingly mismatched room work together beautifully. Another idea is to blend multiple styles of antiques and other décor so that your home feels like its items have been collected over a period of time (rather than matched at random).
Find Colors in Common
When it comes to mixing and matching different styles, one of the main points of coordination is color. Even if different people do not necessarily agree on accent colors, neutrals like white can add a sense of harmony and togetherness to pull the whole feel of the room together.
As always, accessories are key. Objects like artwork, tableware, small decorative pieces and throw pillows can really make the whole room come together. When choosing your color scheme while having different stylistic preferences, consider off-white objects that are well designed. For a throw pillow, for example, the rustic Cacao Bean Throw Pillow, is an excellent choice that is simple yet original.
It’s winter, which means it’s time to consider how you’d like your décor to complement the season. One way to add warmth and comfort is to incorporate fur pillows into your home. If real fur isn’t your thing, there are numerous other options.
Why We Love Fur Pillows
Professionals in the world of interior decorating believe fur offers a sophisticated, rich feeling during the winter. Humans forget we are animals too, and our inclination when it’s cold outside is to nest and get cozy. Fur-like textures such as velvet and cashmere are popular for the same reasons, but fur in particular can help a space feel warm and welcoming. Incorporating fur texture also adds different layers of depth, especially when combined with the warm glow of candlelight.
Less Is More
Too much fur can be overwhelming and may make your cozy home look more like a hunter’s cabin. Design experts advise keeping fur to a minimum and using it as an accent, such as with a throw blanket or pillows. This is also great for those interested in adding this design element without wanting to break the bank.
One excellent choice for those interested in fur or fur-like texture is Mongolian Sheepskin, which comes in numerous colors, from earth tones and neutrals to bright hues that pop. Crafted from rich, buttery sheepskin and suede leather, these pillows are soft and visually stunning. On the other hand, if you’re a believer in animal welfare, faux fur is a perfect alternative, adding the same richness and warmth to any interior space. Consider items like this soft, plush Amur Wolf pillow. Silky, shiny, and covered with an inch of luxurious faux fur, it’s the perfect size for a sofa or for sitting on the floor.
The holiday season is a happy, festive time for everyone, but may lead to frustration in the décor department. Stores are filled with Christmas-themed decorations and linens, but what do you do if you’re Jewish? Are there any throw pillows for Hanukkah? As it happens, there are plenty, and we can help you decorate stylishly for the holiday.
Colors for Hanukkah
If you have ever celebrated Hanukkah before, you probably already know the classic and thematic colors of blue and white are typically associated with the holiday. But do you know where the colors come from? Blue and white are, of course, the colors of the Israeli flag. White symbolizes purity and cleanliness, part of the Sabbath, while blue is the color of heaven and divine revelation.
Hanukkah, the commemoration of the Jewish victory against Antiochus IV and the
rededication of the temple in the 2nd century BC, deserves attractive décor to complement the home in observance of the holiday. Designers on HGTV have offered unique, non-traditional ways to use the two traditional colors of Hanukkah, including using multiple shades of blue ribbon to hang white paper lanterns or decorating a white holiday tree with blue ornaments.
Many decorators also like to incorporate metallics, including an attractive yellow-gold for
placeholders and flatware. Patterns in décor are also an excellent way to change up traditional Hanukkah colors, adding an intriguing graphic impact while retaining a sophisticated appearance.
Throw Pillows for Hanukkah
Hanukkah décor doesn’t have to stop in the dining area. Extend the classic colors of blue and white to your furniture by using fabulous graphic throw pillows, such as the Chevron Bold Blue by Pillow Décor. Decorative items like this are bold enough to make a statement. Not every element of design in your home must scream “Hanukkah” to contribute to a beautiful theme, which is why throw pillows are an excellent option in keeping with the simple – but not simplistic – colors of the holiday.
Are you bored of beige? If the interior of your home is bumming you out, it may be time to brighten up your living space a bit. But don’t assume you need to bring out the paint and rollers – there are a number of ways to add color to your living space without going through the arduous process of painting your home.
How to Combine Colors
One great way to start introducing color into a neutral room in your home is to choose a bold color and then work around that with accent colors. Combinations like a bold blue with supplementary teal and light yellow-green, or golden yellow with dark and bright greens, hold up beautifully.
Ways to Add Color
One excellent and very simple way to brighten up a dull room is to add a colorful rug or curtains, or even brightly colored furniture. Consider, too, window treatments to bathe entire rooms in soft colorful light without even touching a paintbrush.
Of course, throw pillows are a great way to add splashes of color throughout a room. A bonus to using throw pillows is that they also provide a wonderful sense of comfort in addition to their colorful flair. In rooms with a neutral tone to the walls and furniture, solid colored throw pillows are a wonderful way to brighten up an entire space without being overwhelming.
Adding color definitely doesn’t have to look simple. If solid color cotton pillows aren’t your style, then maybe you are after a material that feels a little more upscale. Consider these Royal Suede Throw Pillows from Pillow Décor, which come in a great size for comfort and stay put on your couches, chairs, or bedding due to the texture of the fabric. You can’t beat the luxurious feel of faux suede to accent the wonderful brightness of these pillows.
Updating your home décor might seem like a daunting and expensive task, especially for those of us living in rented spaces where painting is not allowed. Luckily, a creative approach to decor accessories will help you bring color into rooms without putting a drop of paint on the walls.
Start With DIY Accessories
For those who are interested in making over a rental or have a tight budget to invest in all new decor, DIY is a great way to get started. With self-made projects, you can create a home that is both chic and colorful in addition to being cost-effective. DIY decorations, such as a wreath made of old book pages or a front door landing space made of repurposed logs, add homey and handmade charm to the inside of your home without the need for paint.
In keeping with the DIY aesthetic, hanging photos and artwork on the walls can brighten up a space without any paint whatsoever. These accessories create a personal feel that you can’t find any other way. Many renters also hang up posters, wall plates, postcards, polaroid photos, and more – it’s all up to your personal aesthetic.
Another great way to add some color or style is to use wall decals. You can buy decals of birds, leaves, flowers, and more to make any wall feel more exciting – which also means that the wall will feel like your own design without any permanent fixtures. For artists, making wall decals with scrapbook or origami paper can be a great way to add personal flair without any permanence.
Painting – But Not the Walls!
Plenty of renters find it frustrating that they cannot paint the walls of their home. However, there are definitely ways to add lots of color to a home without painting the walls. You can paint your own furniture to liven up an old piece or make a thrift store find feel brand new.
You may find that you can actually swap out some items in your apartment for accessories that are more appealing. As long as you check in with the landlord first, you can probably change out the light fixtures and mini-blinds for tasteful lighting and your own curtains. Just make sure to have full (even written) permission before making any major changes to the interior of any rented home.
A Personal Touch with Décor Accessories
Décor accessories like throw pillows from Pillow Décor are a great way to add personal flair and comfort to a rental. If you’re on a budget, there are a number of pillows available in many price ranges, such as these classic Brookside Garden Green 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.
- 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)
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.