3 Art and Pillow Combinations - Featuring Parima Studio

If you have a good foundation, sometimes new art and pillows are all you need to breathe new life into a space and completely transform it. All art pieces below are by my very talented sister Patricia Vargas of Parima Studio.

Art and Pillow Combination Featuring Art from Parima Studio and Pillows from Arianna Belle | Emerald
Art: Emerald
Pillows from left to right: 1- Glimmer Peacock, 2- Kubus Gold, 3- Peacock Velvet (the Peacock Linen would also work well), 4- Champagne Velvet
Art and Pillow Combination Featuring Art from Parima Studio and Pillows from Arianna Belle | Grasslands
Pillows from left to right: 1- Latte Velvet, 2- Hot House Mineral, 3- Slate Blue Velvet, 4- Les Touches Tan

Art and Pillow Combination Featuring Art from Parima Studio and Pillows from Arianna Belle | Mirage
Art: Mirage
Pillows from left to right: 1- Trotwood Beacon Hill, 2- Aquamarine Textured, 3- Orange Linen, 4- Les Touches Orange
by Arianna Vargas

1 Pillow, 5 Ways: Trotwood Beacon Hill

We just added a brand new pillow to our shop -  the Trotwood Beacon Hill.  One of the things I love about it, is that because it's multi-colored, it can be styled several different ways.  You can play up the colors for a bright and cheerful look, or go the opposite route for a calmer more serene look. To give you some ideas, below are five different done-for-you combos.
1 Pillow, 5 Ways: Trotwood Beacon Hill | Done-for-You Pillow Combinations by Arianna Belle
by Arianna Vargas

A Summer Mood Board and Our Newest Addition

Our latest addition is a lively leaf motif pillow that's putting us in a summer mood... envisioning sun filled afternoons by the water, al fresco dining, and wine with friends...

Summer Mood Board featuring Fig Leaf Green designer luxury pillow | Arianna Belle



Boardwalk Stripe Sand Designer Pillow Marine Blue Velvet Designer Pillow  Les Touches Aqua Decorative Accent Pillow

Boardwalk Stripe Sand  |  Marine Blue Velvet  |  Les Touches Aqua


by Arianna Vargas
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How to Layer Decorative Pillows on a Sectional Sofa

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.

How to Layer Decorative Pillows on a Sectional Sofa | Layer 1


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). 

How to Layer Decorative Pillows on a Sectional Sofa | The 2nd Layer


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

How to Layer Decorative Pillows on a Sectional Sofa | The 3rd Layer

That's it!

I hope you found this helpful. If you'd like styling and sizing recommendations for your specific sofa, we encourage you to sign up for a Mini Design Consult. You can learn more about that here.

arianna belle designer pillow combination on sectional sofa - Peacock Velvet,  Hot House Spark, Les Touches Orange | Home of Natalie Steen




Mini Design Consults - Get Pillow Recommendations for Your Specific Sofa - Learn More at ariannabelle.com | Sofa with Decorative Pillows


Photos courtesy of Natalie Steen

A Chic and Serene Bedroom

To achieve a bedroom that's both chic and serene, New Yorker Erika Fox kept it simple. She used three of our Luxe Cloud Pearl pillows in size 22x22 on her king size bed, then layered two 13x19 Solid with Grosgrain Ribbon Border lumbars in front.

Chic Black and White Minimalist Bedroom That Feels Serene | Arianna Belle Pillows | home of Erika Fox

We love how the white pillows add texture and elegant coziness while the black bordered pillows add an impactful graphic element.  

Erika previously had these on a queen size bed which also worked well because the three larger pillows spanned the full width of the bed. If you'd like the three pillows in the back to take up the full width of a king bed, I'd recommend getting size 26x26 and then doing the front lumbars in size 14x22.




by Arianna Vargas

1 Sofa, 3 Looks

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

 Coastal Chic Blue Designer Pillows from Arianna Belle

pillows shown L to R: Les Touches Blue, Wide Stripe Ocean, Huntington Gardens Blue


LOOK 2: Warm, Rich and Luxe

pillows shown L to R: Midnight Blue Velvet, Channels Blue, Les Touches Tan, Shimmer Beige and Gold




LOOK 3: Casual and Light  

pillows shown L to R: Lorna Blue, Chambray Blue Linen, Adeline Blue



1 Sofa 3 Looks | Arianna Belle Pillows
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by Arianna Vargas

Designer Pillow Combination Ideas

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. 

7 designer pillow combinations that work

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by Arianna Vargas

The One That Started It All

I remember seeing the premiere issue of Domino magazine back in 2005 and completely falling in love with the statement making patterned fabric on the sofa - the La Fiorentina Wine and Magenta linen...

It was then that I started my total obsession with beautiful luxury textiles. I dreamed of one day using that fabric in my own home. As I met and chatted with other design-obsessed friends, I learned that they had a similar desire. 

So several years later when I decided to start Arianna Belle, it was only natural that I used the La Fiorentina Wine & Magenta for one of my first few offerings - pillows that would allow you to easily incorporate the covetable fabric into a room's decor without a big commitment. 

Over the years, my team and I have had the pleasure of making these pillows for several customers, including talented designers like Amanda Lee Reid of Mandarina Studio whose gorgeous office is shown above, as well as design bloggers like Elizabeth of The Little Black Door whose colorful living room is shown below. For Elizabeth we did a fun customization with wine piping around the edges and a magenta velvet back.  

We even made some for two national magazines, InStyle and Better Homes and Gardens, who requested them for feature. 

All great things must come to an end though and soon it will be time to retire the La Fiorentina Wine and Magenta pillow. Once it sells out, it will be time to say goodbye. If you've been eyeing it, now's the time to get it before it's gone.

La Fiorentina Wine & Magenta designer pillow



Image credits: 1- Young House Love, 2 & 3 - Mandarina Studio, 4 - The Little Black Door

by Arianna Vargas

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



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