When it comes to pairings, some things just work (like peanut butter & jelly, black & white, pencil & paper) But what about pairing up your pillows? How do you know what works? While there’s no pillow equivalent of a perfect sandwich (we wish!), with a few tips, it’s just as easy to create a perfect pillow pairing in your space.
So where to start when pairing your pillows together? Like most things in life, creating a grouping of pillows is all about balance. If you have a pillow with a bold pattern, you want to balance it with a solid or more subtle pattern. The same is true of pillows with a lot of texture or details- they should be paired with more subtle textures and simple shapes to keep things balanced.
For easy pillow pairings, follow these rules:
- Stick to a palette of 2-3 colors
- Pick one pillow that has a larger scale pattern or a lot of texture or detail
- Pair that pillow with one smaller scale patterned or textured pillow, and one solid color pillow.
Follow these rules, and your grouping will be balanced, while still being visually interesting. (Keeping all that in mind, rules can be broken, so you will see some pairings below that use 3 patterns or mix in more colors.)
Ready to put all this talk into action? We’ve taken the guesswork out of wondering “will these look good together?” by compiling 12 pairings that include a large size, medium size and a smaller accent pillow that will work regardless of what room they’re used in. And no matter what your style, we’ve got a pairing (or two) that will work for your space.
Want to see more foolproof pairings? Check out our post Mixing It Up: 15 Bedroom Furniture Pairings That Work
1. PRIMARY COLORS = $175
Red, yellow and blue abstracts pair with a velvet oval for a fun mix.
2. ALL lined up = $122
A pairing of simple black, white and grey patterns creates a unified grouping.
3. COOL AND ECLECTIC = $130
A balance of large and smaller patterns make this teal, blue and burgundy grouping work.
4. black & white = $86
A neutral palette helps keep these stripes and simple embellishments from competing.
5. EARTHY TONES = $126
This pairing has a simple palette of brown tones, but mixes up pattern and texture for visual interest.
6. FARMHOUSE FOREST = $73
Green velvet, plaid and a simple stripe make a handsome grouping.
7. BLUSHING BOHO = $128
A bold pattern and round tufted pillow in shades of mauve are balanced out by white fringe.
8. SIMPLE SCANDINAVIAN = $62
Blue stripes and white faux fur create a mix of textures, while keeping things very simple.
9. Bold variety = $72
Varying styles are unified by a color palette of teal, gold and white.
10. WHITE WARMTH = $65
Faux Fur, fringe and chunky knits keep this pairing interesting, while a neutral palette keeps it from being too much.
11. GOLDEN GROUPING = $133
An array of textures and patterns in golden browns makes for a warm and rich pairing.
12. PERFECT POP = $74
A unifying motif of circles and bright colors makes this a fun, statement grouping.