MISTAKE #1: Not Considering the Overall Space 

Instead of thinking only about the piece of furniture that the pillows will be going on, make sure to zoom out a bit and also take into account the overall space. What colors, textures, patterns, and styles are already in the space? How do you want the room to feel? Do you plan to make any changes or additions in the near future?


MISTAKE #2:  Trying to Match with Pieces You Don't Like  

Before adding something new, sometimes it's a good idea to first consider if there's anything you want to remove first. 
I've seen people unconsciously try to choose pillows that will match or coordinate with an old chair upholstered in an outdated fabric or a piece of art that they later admitted they never really loved and considered to be an eyesore. 
To avoid feeling frustrated and ultimately unsatisfied, take a moment to assess what's in the room with an editor's eye. If there's something in there that you don't love currently, make sure not to let it dictate your pillow decisions. Make a plan to get rid of it, or at least move it. If you design around pieces you actually like, you'll be much more likely to be happy with the end result. 

MISTAKE #3:  Choosing the Wrong Size 

Scale is one of the most common design mistakes people make. A pillow that's the wrong size looks off and cheapens the overall appearance of a space.  Refer to our Sizing Cheat Sheets for a summary of the best sizes for each sofa type and bed size. 

MISTAKE #4:  Choosing the Wrong Insert 

The right insert or filler is essential to a great looking decorative pillow. We generally recommend using inserts that are 2" larger all around than your pillow cover.  For example if you have an 20x20 pillow cover, you'll want to use a 22x22 insert. This will ensure that your pillow is filled out fully and looks luxuriously plump. If the insert is too small, the pillow cover will look saggy. Refer to our Insert Size Guide here.
In regards to the fill type, we recommend going with feather down inserts. Feathers provide firmness, weight, body and support, while down provides softness and comfort. If allergies are a concern, good quality alternative down inserts that mimic the softness of down are the next best thing. You can find our list of recommended insert sources here