So here's the thing, pretty much every time I'm at a friend's house I get asked questions about styling, furniture placement, paint colours, etc. It's hugely flattering and fun, especially because there's nothing I love more than exiting the party for a few minutes with my gal pal to reimagine or reconfigure a room. It's through these discussions that I was so encouraged to start Rainsford Company, but I digress (more on that another day).
For most of us, a room refresh doesn't mean starting from scratch. We often have to balance our many wants and needs, and sometimes differing opinions. With that in mind, I think pillows are one of the easiest and MOST impactful ways to add new life into a room, without having to start over.
Iprefer pillows on the larger side so that they look proportionate to your sofa, chair, etc. Too many small pillows and it starts to look a bit "tea granny". For example, when styling a sofa, start by choosing a larger pillow for the corners (22x22 or 24x24) – these larger sizes help to act as a backdrop for smaller pillows you'll place in front.
Once you've got your larger pillows in place, add in a smaller 20x20 or 18x18 infront to add depth. I also like the look of a lumbar (e.g. 12x24) in front of a larger square pillow.
Don't be scared of mixing patterns. Remember to look at your "anchor" piece first for inspiration. Your anchor piece is often your most colourful piece in the room (i.e. a rug, piece of artwork or a pillow). You can use a mix of stripes, geometrics, florals and solids together – the tricky part is doing this so it looks balanced and not "overdone".