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How to Pick the Perfect Accent Pillows

Interior Design Guide

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No matter how comfortable your sofa is, it can always benefit from some accent pillows. But adventurous choices can often stumble into design faux pas. If you’re looking for a bit of advice on how to pick the perfect accent pillows, our senior designers have these tips.

Big and Small

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When sourcing pillows, it’s important to consider every facet of diversity and contrast. In this penthouse overlooking Central Park, we placed two velvet pillows from Room & Board in the formal area: a large, rectangular orange pillow and a smaller, rectangular blue option.

Color Coordination

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Looking for color inspiration? Take cues from the pieces that are already in your room. In this contemporary Westchester home, we placed primary-colored wall art throughout the home. And so we sourced accent pillows accordingly. Check out how the yellow wall art references the yellow accent pillows.

Try Unexpected Combinations

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If you don’t have the budget to rework an entire room, pillows are a great way to exhibit your personal design sensibility. Try unexpected combinations and see what sticks.

Pro tip: If you happen to find pillows on sale, make sure that you can return them. While it can be easy to visualize what a pillow will look like in your space, it’s a whole different ball game once your bring the pillow home.

Coordinate with Textiles

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Besides artwork, a wonderful inspiration for accent pillows is the other textiles in your room. In this Upper East Side apartment, we coordinated these lustrous two-tone curtains with a cream sofa and periwinkle cushions.

High-Sheen

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Besides color and pattern, the other key design element to consider with accent pillows is sheen. If you’re going for a luxurious look in your living room, then consider accent pillows with a lustrous, high-sheen fabric. Check out how we got the look in this luxurious transitional apartment.

Neutrals

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If you’re looking to create a serene, comforting vibe, then consider a menageries of neutral, pastel-colored pillows. Check out how we got the look in this TriBeCa investment property.

Pattern

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There should be at least one pillow on your couch with a slight pattern to it. One stubble way to add pattern is to add pillows with a black white print, like we did in this chic loft overlooking Union Square.

Contrast

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Accent pillows are a great way to add a sense of contrast to your living area. For a cotton fabric, consider a high-sheen pillow and vice-versa. A knit, cream-colored pillow was the perfect accent for this chartreuse chair from ABC Home.

Outdoor Accent Pillows

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Summer is here, which means that it’s the perfect time of year to be entertaining outdoors. If you’re fortunate enough to have an outdoor space, consider getting a set of outdoor pillows to compliment your patio furniture. Check out how we got the look in this rustic chic Hoboken apartment. 

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