How to Style Throw Pillows

I get asked all the time about small design tips and tricks that make a HUGE impact to your home. I have a few answers – paint, curtains, and THROW PILLOWS!

Throw pillows allow you do breathe new life into a space with minimal effort and typically, on a small budget! You can change the vibe or style of your room with a few new pillows and for someone who loves to change things up – it’s something I do often!

Once you’ve decided to change your throw pillows, picking out new ones is no easy task!

Evaluate what you already have

Do you have a few throw pillows you love and want to keep? Bring one or take a photo of them for when you go shopping! It’s important to know the color, texture, and style of your pillow to make sure they flow with your new ones.

The Classy Clutter No Fail Pillow Structure: 

Solid | Large Scale Print | Small Scale Print

If you are struggling with your pillow combo, this is a great rule of thumb! Of course, there are no “rules” with design! You can have any combination you like!

1. Solid color


2. Large scale print

  • Oversized floral
  • Striped
  • Patterns that are visually larger



3. Small scale print 

  • Typically more busy
  • Animal print
  • Textured with a lot of movement  


My favorite places to shop for pillows:

TIP: Always size up on pillow inserts! Example: 20×20 pillow cover needs a 22×22 insert to make your pillow look full!

Pillow inserts are so important!

There is nothing worse than a saggy or droopy throw pillow! I prefer to buy pillow covers and use my own inserts instead of buying and here is why.

Over the years, your pillow is going to lose fullness! Instead of getting rid of the entire pillow, I can just replace the insert and have it look nice and full again! If I am buying pillows from a store, I try my best to make sure they have a zipper so I can replace the insert if needed. Unless it’s just too cute….then I get it anyway! haha

TIP: Always size up on pillow inserts! Example: 20×20 pillow cover needs a 22×22 insert to make your pillow look full!

My favorite pillow insert ever (from Amazon!) linked here.

I hope this guide was helpful and that you are excited about updating your pillows!


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    Alicia Forester
    July 30, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    I love how you arrange them on a bed but do you use the same arrangement for a sofa or an accent chair? That’s where I get stuck.

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    Angelia Harris
    September 1, 2020 at 8:25 am

    Thank you for sharing your article on styling throw pillows!! I will definitely start sizing up on my pillow inserts to get that full look!

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    November 9, 2020 at 6:50 am

    So helpful! I love these tips!

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