Custom Designer Pillows

Using an Anchor Fabric as a Design Springboard

In her recently released book, Dream Design Live, award-winning interior decorator Paloma Contreras gives us an insight into her design process. 

black and white chic living room with animal print pillows by Paloma Contreras

She reveals that when working on a new project, early on, she'll select an anchor fabric to be the impetus for the overall vision of the room.

textile scheme paloma

The anchor fabric is typically a fabric that she is very inspired by and whose colors and pattern serve as a springboard for subsequently selecting complementary fabrics, trims, rugs, window treatments, and other pieces.

living room with Bukhara Ikat Fuchsia pink pillows | interior design by Paloma Contreras


Since she typically uses solid fabrics on larger pieces of furniture, the anchor fabric is usually reserved for smaller pieces such as pillows.  Small doses of a fabulous fabric goes a long way towards adding personality and making a statement in the room.

blue sofas with designer pillows


We were so honored that Paloma chose to feature our pillows in her book (pg 77!) and list us in the recommended Resources section. 
Below are her picks for which of our pillows she'd use as anchors and which other pillows she'd combine them with:

Pillow Combinations That Start With an Anchor Fabric

designer pillow chic combinations - how to mix and match
Row 2 - Modern TraditionalHummingbirds CreamOlive Green VelvetBetwixt Grass


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For more on Paloma's design process, inspiration and tips, be sure to pick up her book!

The Guide

Pillow Combos That Work - colorful mix

 

For more pillow combo ideas, check out our Pillow Combos We Love Gallery or our How to Mix and Match Pillows Guide. If you'd like to see how any of these, or any of our other pillows, would look like in your space, send us a photo and we'll do a free digital mock-up. Please reference the number of the combo (or name of the pillows) you would like to see. 

If you haven't already be sure to also to get our handy pillow size cheat sheets by clicking below.


Cheat Sheets

by Arianna Vargas

Perfect Pillow Pairing: Leopard + Channels

Love this pairing of our Leopard Velvet and Channels Ebony and Ivory pillows that Julia of Gal Meets Glam chose for her living room. A full tour of her beautiful San Francisco home is featured on Style Me Pretty Living this week. 

photography by Monica Wang

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    Leopard Velvet                         Channels Ebony and Ivory

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