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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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 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).
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: 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Carefree bed Pillows
If your style leans more towards the less structured, this look is easy to achieve. Just toss and enjoy!