Pillow Inserts

Accent pillows are a very easy way to spice things up around the house. They add bold colors and lend your signature style to any room. They’re also easy to switch around when you want to include a fresh idea in your design. Of course, behind every bright pattern and artistic motif is the pillow insert. Williams-Sonoma has tons of different shapes and dimensions to choose from – and covers to match. Check out these interior and exterior decorating tips using distinctive pillow inserts.


Eyeball your sofa to get an idea of the size you need. Generally, although there are some exceptions, smaller furniture requires smaller pillows. For square, 18"x18" or 20"x20" sizes are a good fit. On the other hand, sectionals with large proportions and cushy armrests look great with dimensions up to 24"x24". When it comes to a big couch with a low profile, then that’s where oblong pillows really shine. They stretch out without going too high.


Create a relaxing space with oversized pillows. Large 24"x24" pillows invite you to sit down and put your feet up. They make a room feel warm and comfortable. The idea is to fill your sofa to the brim with softness. Don’t be afraid to use five or six large pillows piled across it – more if it’s a sectional. Anything soothing is a good choice for pillow covers, from luxurious velvet to silky faux fur.


Don’t be afraid to use very bold accent colors in the room. They add plenty of excitement. Additionally, it’s a good way to include many tones in the mix. Bright red, purple, orange and lime green are a few options that pack a nice punch. To keep them from overwhelming the space, use smaller pillows for the most intense designs.


Odd numbers are just fine, and even preferable, in modern decor. Three or more pillows add multiples of chic. To balance out a sofa, use a pair of pillows on each side and an accent piece in the middle. Oblong shapes really stand out in the center. If your style is even more artistic, don’t balance them at all. There’s nothing wrong with leaving a single pillow on one edge and two or three on the opposite side.


Create a vintage look with even numbers and petite sizes. If your sofa is small and detailed, place a couple of pillows on each armrest. You can layer a larger 20"x20" or 22"x22" pillow with a sophisticated 18"x18" pillow in front. Covers with floral motifs and a nice sheen add elegance to the room. Use geometric shapes to give it some Middle Eastern flair as well.


The more the merrier when it comes to decor. Go ahead and mix lots of shapes and sizes throughout the room. Start with the size that fits your furniture the best, and then add one or two pieces of larger and smaller proportions. Using square and oblong pillows together is very creative and beautiful.


Sofas and sectionals aren’t the only places to use decorative pillows. Toss one on top of every chair or ottoman used for seating. They all provide an opportunity to fill the room with color and style. For formal entertaining, small oblong pillows nestle neatly at the base of chairs. Thick pillows occupy any empty chairs all day long, making the room even more beautiful. A large throw has a similar effect on your chairs. In the bedroom, complement your bedding theme with a couple of smaller accent pillows.


Of course, fantastic design isn’t the only reason to want lots of pillows in the living room. They also provide support for your back and neck. Stay comfy by picking out several different sizes to keep nearby. If your neck hurts, using a rectangular pillow can help ease your pain. Long and thin pieces are also great for fitting against the lower back. Larger sizes cushion your whole spine. If you are not sure whether to go with synthetic pillows or feather filling, as both options are hypoallergenic, you should know that the main difference has to do with firmness. Down pillows tend to be softer and synthetic ones offer added support.

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