Hi! Jenny Komenda from Little Green Notebook here! I’m a decorator and blogger out of NYC (check me out in this month’s BHG!). I’m pretty embarrassed to share that I get the itch to redecorate one of my rooms within, oh, about a minute of finishing. It’s not one of my best traits, though I like to think of it more as an occupational hazard. To keep my spending habits in check, I’ve learned a great trick over the years for how to keep a room fresh for not a lot of money and hardly any amount of time or effort. The secret lies in new pillows.
It seems dramatic to say, but pillows can really make or break a room for me. A pair of perfectly patterned, colorful cushions can transform even the most drab beige sofa out there. Usually you can find a great pillow without too much trouble for less than $30, although of course it’s easy to spend more too, if you’re looking for something extra special. Also, it goes without saying that if you’re crafty with a sewing machine, for just the cost of a yard of fabric and a zipper, you can have a brag-worthy new cushion.
Sometimes my clients and readers get overwhelmed with the choices of fabrics and pillows out on the market. I totally get it. There are so many considerations and so many options. Here’s a really quick way to narrow down the field and add instant interest to your living room. If your walls are painted in the cooler color family (grays, blues, bluey-green, purple) try a pillow in a contrasting color like red, orange or yellow. If your walls are white, try contrasted with the color of your sofa fabric.
1 – Charlotte Pillow, Home Decorators Collection, $45 – 2 – Beetle Pillow, Grandin Road $39 – 3 – Floral Block Print Pillow, Lands End $23.99 – 4 – Yellow Ikat Silk Pillow, $45 – 5 – Finishing Flourish Pillow, Anthropologie – $98 - 6 – Embroidered Stripe Pillow, Lands End, $17.99 – 7 – Chili Pepper Ikat Pillow – World Market, $24.99 – 8 – Hot Pink Batik Pillow, Fabricadabra, $28 – 9 - Peachy Gold Suzani Pillow, Amber Interiors Shoppe, $110 – 10 – Adelle Pillow, Home Decorators Collection – $37 - 11 – Bright Pink Border Pillow, Furbish, $75
If your walls are painted a warmer tone, like yellow, brown, tan, orange, or rusty red, go with a set of pillows is a cool shade. Something with a lot of blue.
1 – Medallion Green Ikat Pillow, Wisteria, $29, 2 – Signature Border Pillow, Caitlin Wilson Textiles, $50 - 3 – Turquoise Cut Velvet Damask Pillow, Pier1, $29.95 – 4 – French Crewel Pillow, Wisteria, $59 – 5 – Ikat Diamond Pillow, West Elm, $24 – 6 – Coup Clover Pillow, $14.95 – 7 – Turquoise and Lime Stripe Pillow, World Market, $11.89 – 8 – Painted Dot Pillow, Lands End, $17.99 – 9 - Blue Double Ruffle Pillow, World Market, $$26.99 – 10 – Alexis Pillow, Crate and Barrel, $19.95 – 11 – Ikat Dot Pillow, WS Home, $59
And of course, if you’re not into colorful decor like I am, the new pillow trick still works and will give you a whole new appreciation for your living room’s old decor. Also, these more neutral choices below are great for mixing in with a pair of punchier pillows, like the options above.
1 – Kelby pillow, Crate and Barrel, $18.95 – 2 – South Street Pillow, Burke Decor, $60 – 3 – Squares Pillow, Burke Decor, $100 – 4 – Gray and Yellow Herringbone Pillow – World Market, $24.99 - 5 – Adeline Pillow, Burke Decor, $60 – 6 – Paradise Pillow, Home Decorators Collection, $33 - 7 – Chambray Stripe Pillow, West Elm, $14.99 – 8 – Black Tie Dye Pillow, Furbish, $50 – 9 – Garrick Pillow, Home Decorators Collection, $28
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