Sectional sofas can sometimes be tricky to style. Based on our experience though, we've found that in most cases, three layers of pillows usually works really well.
Below is a look at a sectional that we recently helped transform and our tips to help you choose the best options for your own sofa.
Start with a first layer of one pillow on each corner.
Fabric: Choose either a solid or a small scale print. For this sofa we went with the Les Touches Orange.
Size: Measure (or find out from the manufacturer) the seating height of your sofa and add 3 to 5 inches to that to get your optimal pillow size*. The seating height of this particular sofa is 16 inches, so the optimal pillow size is 19x19 to 21x21. We opted for the larger 21x21 size for a more luxurious look.
*Exception: if your sofa has a high back, don't go larger than 24x24.
For the next layer, add another pillow on each corner.
Fabric: Choose a medium or large scale pattern. For this sofa we went with the two variations of the Hot House Spark - the one with the blue flower for the left and right corners of the sofa and the one with the orange flower for the middle corner.
Size: Go for pillows that are 1 to 3 inches smaller than the pillows in Layer 1. Here we went with 20x20 pillows (1 inch smaller).
To finish it off, add a lumbar on the longest side of the sectional. If both sides are a similar length, place it in the middle corner.
Fabric: Choose a fabric that pulls out one of the colors in the other pillows and/or coordinates with other accessories in the room. Here we went with the Peacock Velvet, which pulls out some of the blue in the Hot House Spark and also coordinates with a lamp in a nearby side table.
Size: Opt for a pillow that's 10 to 14 inches tall and a similar width as the other pillows. We went with size 11x19.
Photos courtesy of Natalie Steen
When you surround yourself with things that you love and feel like you, it's a form of self care.
Tonya Leigh, host of one of my favorite podcasts, said it beautifully:
"Your home is your sanctuary. It’s your space to thrive. When you take care of your surroundings, you inevitably take care of your soul."
Notice how you currently feel in your space.
How is it affecting your energy?
By taking a moment to become aware of these effects, you can empower yourself to shape your daily experience. You can decide on purpose that you want to see yourself as a person who is deserving of beauty, who cares about her surroundings, and really cherishes quality things.
You can choose to make simple yet powerful changes, like bringing in fresh flowers into your home every week, or something bigger like completely redecorating.
Whatever you do, I hope you take pleasure in engaging in the beautiful practice of creating an atmosphere of your own design that supports your well-being.
Homeowner Tamara Anka used pillows to easily change the look and feel of her living room. Below are the 3 different looks she's created. Which one is your favorite?
LOOK 1: Coastal Chic
LOOK 2: Warm, Rich and Luxe
SHOP THE LOOK
LOOK 3: Casual and Light
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Stuck trying to figure out what pillows to get for your living room? We've created seven combinations below to inspire you. Perhaps one of them will be exactly what your sofa needs! Scroll down to the bottom for the links to each pillow shown.
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We're loving this pillow combination that designer Randi Garrett chose for her living room featuring (from left to right) our Mughal Flower Monsoon Blue and Green, Tika Dot Blue, and Chinois Fret Sky. The pillows instantly transformed her beige sofa and brightened up her living room. The overall feeling is elegant yet relaxed and inviting.
Pillows shown on the chairs are the Wide Stripe French Blue in size 22x22.
All pillows on the sofa are also size 22x22 with 24x24 feather down inserts.
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"Those rich colors and gorgeous prints stole my heart right from the start – Arianna helped me come up with this beautiful pillow combo, and I love it so much.I wanted something glam and chic, luxe and rich, and it needed to be welcoming, cozy and approachable since we use this room daily.The pillows are so beautiful, and helped to pull my vision together perfectly.Gold and brown tones paired with navy and cream? Fabulous in every way. "
SHOP THE LOOK
Need help choosing pillows?
Click here to learn about our mini design consults. We'll come up with the best pillow options for you and provide mock-ups so you can visualize them in your space.
lifestyle photos courtesy of Tamara Anka
When you're decorating a room, sometimes it's hard to know where to even begin. Next time you're stuck, try this: find a multi-colored pillow you love, then use it as the catalyst for your color palette. Let's take a look at how interior designer Sita Montgomery did this with our Hot House Spark pillow for this beautiful living room.
If you look closely, you'll see that the pillow has several colors that can be pulled out, including blue, teal, red-orange, and green.
For a cohesive look, it's ideal to use the "Rule of 3" and repeat each color in a palette three times or more within a room. Sita did exactly this. Let's break it down:
She repeated the blue color with a deep blue accent wall, art, a Zig Zag Navy pillow, and blue rug.
The red-orange is repeated with a throw blanket draped over the sofa, a Rust Velvet pillow, and art.
The green shows up in the green spotted pillow, floral arrangement and greenery.
The teal color is repeated with a teal throw, teal geometric print pillow, and rug.
We could keep going with some of the other colors but you probably get the idea. I think you'd agree that the way everything ties together is so visually satisfying.
Hope this inspires your own decor!
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photos courtesy of Sita Montgomery
Such a delight to see one of the designers we've made pillows for, Veronica Solomon, featured in this month's issue of HGTV magazine!
The 11-page spread showcases a tour of her fabulous home, including this luxurious moody master bedroom that incorporates the pillows we made for her:
photography by Christopher Dibble
The room is eclectic and bold, yet sophisticated. It brings together the things she loves and celebrates her maximalist sensibility.
By incorporating classic details and sticking to a mostly black and white palette, Veronica expertly layered various patterns and textures in a way that looks cohesive. These two photos show other parts of the room not shown in the magazine:
The master bath is even more stunning. I mean, look at that flooring...chandelier...wallpaper...so many beautiful details, perfectly executed.
photography by Colleen Scott
If you don't already, make sure to follow Veronica on Instagram @casavilora. She's an award winning Houston-based interior designer, mentor, and mother of two.
photography by Joshua Solomon
To learn more about her and the various design services she offers (for a range of budget levels), visit veronicasolomon.com
Are peonies your favorite flower? 🙋🏻♀️ Mine too.
With their season being so short, below are 5 quick tips to enjoy every last peony bunch as long as possible.
2. Before placing into a vase, make sure to remove any leaves from the lower part of the stems so that they're not submerged in the water. This prevents them from rotting.
3. Keep them away from direct sunlight - I learned this the hard way. I made the mistake of leaving an arrangement right next to a window that received a lot of direct sun, and came back to find out they had drastically lost their color and some petals had started falling off.
4. Store them in the fridge at night - If you have the space, put them in your fridge. Doing so will prolong their life.
5. Trim the stems and replace the water every day or every other day - Cut the stems at a diagonal for maximum water absorption. Use cold water or drop an ice cube or two into the vase.
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