Throw pillows are a simple accessory that add a lot of depth to a room. Anytime you begin to add layers on your furniture whether with a throw blanket or a decorative pillow, you are adding the opportunity to introduce a new texture or pattern. This allows you to warm up a space and make it feel like a designer has been there. Today's "Design Details" post delves into the world of decorative pillows and how you can use them to give your home a designer look.
Decorative pillows can have many names, toss, throw, etc. They are small, decorator pillows you can toss onto a chair, a sofa, a bed, a bench – anywhere you need a splash of color and texture. They can be any shape and really any size, but their distinguishing trait is how the seam is finished. Here are a few seam details that we often use.
Knife edge: Your basic pillow. The side seams taper into nice, sharp corners.
Boxed: If your pillow has depth and dimension, you have a box-edge pillow. Usually the edges are defined with piping or welting to show off the added dimension.
Piped: Also known as welting, this is a covered cord that is sewn into the seam as a decorative detail. It's like an outline for the pillow. Self-piped means the cord is covered in the exact same fabric as the body of the pillow.
Flange: A flange is fabric that extends out from the side seams, usually at least two inches or more. It softens the look of the pillow, and can also be done in a contrasting fabric. Most Shams on a bed have this detail.
Additional pillow details that can give your room an instant designer look are using a tape trim to create an inset border, or using fabrics to piece together a design like the one seen above with a stripe down the middle. Think outside the box when it comes to your pillow fabrics, mix and match patterns that coordinate with your room. You don't have to keep the pillows that match your sofa fabric, that's too predictable, mix it up for that custom look.