I know this sounds crazy, but I need to be completely honest here. On every project I battle "the pillow".
How many?What size? What color?
As all of you will come to realize eventually, I am a bit of a control freak and a perfectionist. I fight with these character flaws every day because they can paralyze me, causing me to be incapable of making a decision for fear that it isn't the right one. One of my methods of dealing with the situation is to make rules for myself.
This is what I have done with "the pillow" situation. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Unify pieces in a room by using similar colored pillow throughout the space.
All of the pillows used in this space are cream, gold and teal.
2. Pillows are a place where you can be bold, if the large pieces in a room are kept neutral.
3. Use pillows to bring in more of the colors that are used in the other elements in the room.
These Bennison pillows are in the same colors as the books on my shelves and in the
drapery and artwork.
4. Add texture through pillows. I love how these John Robshaw pillows are adorned with shells.
We also added texture through jute tassel fringe and cording from Samuel and Sons.
5. Vary the size and shape. Use squares, rectangles and even rounds.
I'm also a big fan of the bolster.
6.Take a color from one pillow, like the orange in the chocolate
floral pillow, and emphasize it another pillow, like the striped orange ones.
7. Use different fabrics and mix them together to add interest. The Ralph Lauren blue silk velvet pillow adds a little shimmer. So does the gold silk damask pillow.
8. Pillow lay-outs don't have to be perfectly symmetrical. The Cowtan and Tout Floral pillows are the same 20x20 in. (one of my favorite pillow sizes), but the damask is a rectangle and the silver pillow is a small square.