Just as a scarf can pull an outfit together, tossing a few throw pillows on a sofa or chair can instantly transform a room – indoors or outside.
Made to weather the elements, outdoor throw pillows bring the luxe comfort of interior spaces outside. Plus, they’re the easiest way to experiment with color and pattern. Here are three way s to maximize their impact.
It’s All in the Numbers
If you like symmetry, use an even number of pillows. A pair arranged on either side of the sofa is most traditional. Four allows for more variation of size and color. But even with pairs, you’re not boxed into the corner. With two pillows, you can easily update the look by placing them in the center of the sofa.
For a more eclectic look, the odds are in your favor. Odd numbers can be arranged more artfully – and here’s where you can really be creative with shape, size and pattern. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns, but it’s best to stay in the same color palette.
Layering different shapes and sizes on your outdoor furniture creates a true designer look – and makes you want to sink in and stay awhile. Large square pillows (20″ or 24″) look dynamite when peeking from behind smaller boxy ones. Round tambourine or rectangular lumbar pillows add contrast to these traditional square shapes. Bolsters can be used for arm support or simply for decoration.
All the Trimmings
The right trim can take a pillow from colorful prop to artful fashion statement. Simple contrast cording finishes a pillow with a tailored look. Playful tassels and delicate eyelash trim bring unexpected touches of luxury outdoors.
Seasons in the Sun
Because throw pillows are so easy to swap out, you can update your outdoor look every few months. Selecting colors and patterns that reflect the change in seasons instantly gives your outdoor living space a look and feel.
For more ideas on decorating outdoors, watch the video Create a Beautiful Outdoor Space.