Pillow Talk

February 28, 2017

How To Decorate Your Home With Pillows

Can you ever have too many pillows? I mean think about it, how many do you have in your home right now? Start counting. I'll wait. There are the ones on your bed, the ones on the couch, the ones on your chairs and maybe even floor. As I was walked though my own house this weekend, I started noticing all the pillows I have and thought, wow, I really love decorating with pillows, I mean, I have two in my kitchen alone.

And no, they are not used as chair cushions. They serve no real purpose, they're just decorative accents to liven the up place.

Although, I guess that is their purpose. 

Even in the kitchen. You know, that room I'm supposed to cook in, but would rather just accessorize. 

In all seriousness, I have always believed that fabric is what adds magic to a room. I have used it to warm up my glass cabinets and soften the hard edges of every window in my home. 


In the right fabric, pillows become a powerful decor statement. They add warmth, a lived in comfortable feel and, when chosen correctly, they are often the defining style pieces in a room. 

Come. I'll show you what I mean.

Let's start in the kitchen since I already mentioned these two pretties. 

I whipped up this "sweet" pillow to accent my patchwork chair. The chair itself is very whimsical, in a traditional cottage style, so the wooden ornament fits. It adds to the quirky, collected aesthetic of the room.

Easy Ornament Embellished Pillow

Pillow number two was a fun (and super cheap) purchase this fall. This part of the kitchen still has a cottage feel, but it's more of a garden or farmhouse cottage look. That rooster wouldn't look great on my patchwork chair, but he absolutely makes the space seated on my mom's old deacon's bench.

Farmhouse Rooster Pillow

He also makes a much better farmhouse statement, than the previous pillow does...

Cottage Style Kitchen Decor Ideas

...and he eases the transition into the distinctly cottage style family room, right next door. That room is full of pillows. Now, a few of them are solid, to provide a contrast against the floral couch, but I have also added a plaid bolster and a few floral pillows in complimentary colors.

Cottage Style Living Room Decor Ideas

Technically, even the window seat cushion is a pillow. Another solid anchor, so the couch really pops. The pillows support and soften the larger wooden pieces and windows in the room. Without them?

Floral Couch In Cottage Style Family Room

Boring. 

The living room is up next. Truth be told, this room is all about the pillows and to prove it, I am going to show you a neat trick. 

A few years ago, this was my living room at Christmas. I loved the bold color and cozy feel.

Cottage Style Christmas Living Room Decor

Then summer came along and I felt the need to lighten the room up a little. Sandy feet and pool towels were being tracked though the house and the room felt wrong. So I made new covers with some lovely fabric.

And I hated it.

The whole room just felt wrong. It lost its magic, its punch ~ its style ~ and all because I swapped out a few pillows!! The patterns, color and texture were all wrong for this room. 

Summertime Cottage Style Decor Ideas

Once I whipped up a few new floral covers, in coordinating red tones, the room was back to its charming cottage self again. Ah, the power of pillows. The coffee table looked richer, the fireplace and beams regained their rustic stature and all was right with the world again.

Farmhouse Living Room Decor Ideas

If only.

But it was pretty close. Especially with the addition of my rooster (okay, okay, chicken) pillows. They carry the theme of the other rooms right in here.

Farmhouse DIY Stenciled Rooster Pillows

Even though the paint color in all three rooms is totally different, there aren't any beams in any other room and there aren't any chickens (or roosters) in the family room, it all fits and flows.

Seamlessly.

And it's all because of the pillows. 

Of course, the bedrooms are a bit different. Oh, my room takes it cue from the rest of the house. Cottage style. Country style. Farmhouse style. 

Tons of pillows on the bed.

White Bedding In Cottage Style Master Bedroom

The kids' rooms are a different story. When they were little, I called the shots. Now I pick my battles and leave the decor decisions to them. 

Little Girls' Bedroom Decorating Ideas

Over the years there have been many changes, but pillows have always been featured prominently. Sequins and satin. 

Tween Pink Bedroom Decor Ideas

Boho and floral. They still define the style of the room.

Purple Boho Bedroom Ideas

Even fuzzy. This pillow adds an elegance and a bit of fun all at the same time.

Girls Boho Bedroom or Dorm room decorating ideas

Amazing. 

Think I'm done? Well, almost. You see, I even pepper pillows outside. Can you imagine my screened in porch without them? They pull the cottage style character from the inside of the house outside.

Decorating With Pillows On The Porch

Even in the pool area, pillows are essential. The concrete is hard and cold. Pillows at the water's edge give the space a resort feel. Without them, it would be undecorated.

Decorating Around The Pool

And we can't have that.

See. A lot of pillows.

So how many pillows do you have?

How To Decorate And Add Style With Pillows

* One last note. With the exception of the sweet wooden pillow, because it hurts, every one of my pillows is used on a regular basis. What's the point of having pillows if you can't lay all over them? *




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68 comments:

  1. I love your cottage-style pillows! I tend to put them out for a few days, then put them up except for one small one on my bed. Because the pupsters knock them to the floor. So what's the point? You know I love all your colors!
    Brenda

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    1. My kids and husband do the same thing as your pups, Brenda! ;)

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  2. i thought i had a lot but not near as many as you, my grandsons tend tp use them as weapons lol xx

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    1. Haha! Yes, pillows tend to fly around here, as well. Last night, in fact, there was a game with tossing and flinching or blinking being played. Kids! ;)

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  3. I have tons of pillows too. Love having lots of pillows. Love all your sweet pillows Kim especially the ones in the bedroom.
    So pretty. Happy New Week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Hi Kris!! Thanks! I knew you'd love the bedroom ones...just a hunch! ;)

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  4. Pillows are fun, aren't they, Kim? I've always used a lot of pillows in my decor. I can count 9 right now in our tiny house. I'm ready to change 'em up, though. Pillow covers are one of the easiest things in the world to make and you're right. . .they make a big decor impact. Your pillows are really special. Love them all. Hugs, Nancy

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    1. Covers are the best, Nancy, I agree. I love the ones I have purchased recently, but since I’m a fabric junkie, I really enjoy making them. I need to learn how to put in zippers though. That is something I have only done when I was costuming - and under duress!! ;) I hope you are warm and snug with all your pillows!!

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  5. can you tell me where you found the red hen pillow?

    Kathy Nielsen kniels9548@wildblue.net

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    1. Hi Kathy. Thanks for the comment. I actually made the hen pillow from a stencil kit. The post with all the details and links to the exact stencil is here: http://www.exquisitelyunremarkable.com/2015/09/diy-stenciled-rooster-pillow.html. It’s not an affiliate, so I don’t get a commission for recommending it, but I have to say, it was super easy to make. I hope that helps. :)

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  6. I have quite a few pillows here in my little cottage too. :) I love all of your pillows and your decorating style! We are definitely kindred spirits. I love your blog!

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    1. Lily, you just made my night! Thank you so much for your super sweet words...and pillow filled cottages are the best! :)

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  7. I'm a pillow enthusiast too! I have six "bed size" pillows on our master bed plus two throw pillows with cooridinating fabric. I have four pillows on our guest bed plus four or five throw pillows. And, the other guest room has 2 king size pillows plus a "husband" pillow and a throw pillow. I change out the covers on the pillows in the living room according to seasons and holidays. There are three to four pillows on the couch and one on the deacon's bench.

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    1. Barb, you are a girl after my own pillow loving heart and a true pillow aficionado!! :)

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  8. Love pillows!!! I also love your chair in the kitchen! Have saved a photo of it and also have several types of fabric in the same patterns...someday when I get the nerve!!! Beautiful home!

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    1. Oh you just made me smile! Thank you so much and I say go for it, with the chair! It was SO much easier than I ever imagined. It's all about the ironing...really!! :) Thanks for the visit!!

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  9. Kim, I have lost count. I was making covers and changing them out, but since Christmas, I have just stuffed a few and now I'm running out of room to store the ones I'm not using. Will I ever learn?!! I have some more of those $2 and less coming from Amazon. That is the best deal in the world right now..Happy Tuesday..Judy

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    1. I am sort of addicted to those cheap Amazon pillow covers, too, Judy. I really expected the quality to stink, but it’s decent enough to keep me buying! Now if I could just find shoes and bags like that. Ha! ;)

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  10. When we are sitting on the couch with laptops, our 4 pillows are piled helter skelter in the middle with us sitting at either end. So no decor there. I love the way your pillows add to your decor so wonderfully. Ours...we don't like to sit on them or lounge on them, or prop on them, so they don't look pretty as I'd like.

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    1. Comfort is always the key for me, Florence. If we're not really going to use them, I can't have them around...because as you know, whether I want them to or not, kids are going to use them!! And yes, sometimes they end up "moved out of the way". That's not so pretty!! ;)

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  11. Fun post Kim, you had me counting . . .
    I am "pillow crazed" too . . .
    It really is an easy way to dress and change things up.
    No pillows in my kitchen though, you have it there!
    LR and MBR . . . 15 . . . plus six cushions . . .

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    1. Fabulous!! When it comes to pillow count I say go big or go home!! :)

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  12. I am counting 15 in my house at this time. I definitely agree with your choice of pillows for your living room! They do bring out the cottage style in a big way :)

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    1. Yes, I learned that living room lesson the hard way…and I really do not like to sew! ;)

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  13. I love all your pillows and how they all flow together. Of course the red helps too! I don't have a lot of pillows, but there are pillows on all of my furniture. I will have to work on that :-)

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    1. You have snuggly kitties! They may not stay where you want them, but I bet they "decorate" your couches and chairs all day long!! ;)

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  14. I'm with you, Kim. No, you can't have too many pillows ;) Pillows and paint are my two favorite ways to change up a room. I counted close to 40 inside my house, not including outside. {In my defense I have a daybed and a chaise in guest rooms that are loaded.}

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    1. The more the merrier, I always say! The pillow covered daybed and chaise sound dreamy.

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  15. I love pillows as well. Sometimes I get crazy about the way hubby tosses them off chairs and the bed. Any solution for pillows scattered??? :)

    Love yours! I try to get them for $16 or under, or the covers. I can't sew for the life of me.

    Thanks for a great post as always, Kim!

    Jane x

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    1. Unfortunately, I do not have a solution for that, Jane. It's like those shoes that gather at the back door...irks the heck out of me, doesn't seem to bother anyone else!! Grrr...I sew out of necessity and the fact that I'm cheap! ;) There are some great inexpensive covers out there now, though. I've been racking up quite a collection thanks to Amazon Prime. It's addictive!

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  16. Pillows seem to be a weakness of mine (or so my husband says) ;-) Loved seeing your collection and ideas. I currently am searching for antique white or soft cream Candlewyck pillow shams or matelasse ones to add to my bedroom collection. Got any good shopping sources for those/ Thanks in advance for your time and consideration!

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    1. Ah...I just did that same search, Constance. The large euro sham on my bed is a Laura Ashely matelasse with crocheted trim. I got it from Overstock. They seemed to have quite a few. I also checked Etsy and Wayfair. I love what you're searching for...sounds charming! Good luck! :)

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  17. I have a pillow obsession. The best I save and pull out from time to time. xoxo Su

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    1. I agree...I actually have a glorious red Christmas pillow that I haven't been able to tuck away yet! ;)

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  18. I do not think you can have too many especially when they are on rotation. That's my favorite way to do it. I'm already eyeing new pillows for outdoors this year. :)

    I'm so jealous that you can sew some new pillows when the mood strikes!!

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    1. Haha…well, I can sew, but I don’t love it and I’m not very good at it. If I could find what I wanted pre-made and for a great price I would buy it. Trust me. I have a feeling you’re going to be doing a lot of fun pillow shopping very soon! Lucky girl!

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  19. I love sewing pillows, buying pillows and decorating with them, but I don't love when they get scattered (I'm a bit acdc) so I keep them to a minimum.

    Not sure how many I have but now you got me thinking. I'll have to count when we get home. :)

    (I thought this post was gonna be racey from the title. Just goes to show you where my mind is).

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    1. You know I didn’t actually count all my pillows. I should go do that now! And the title…yeah. I was counting on that. ;) (Marketing and PR major in college!)

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  20. Can I confess? Before blogging I didn't have all that many. It was all practical. But since I've started blogging and paying attention to my surroundings I have slowly been accumulating those sneaks! Why I must have at least 10 in the living room alone. And who can resist a good sweater pillow? I think your chicken takes the prize though!

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    1. Blogging really does change your perspective doesn't it, Mary??

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  21. Hi Kim, Love all your pillows in each area of your home. Just Gorgeous!! No I don't think we can have too many pillows. My hubby often says, "did you add more pillows" Ah yes!!! lol
    Have a great rest of the week.

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    1. That’s so funny, Celestina, a conversation just like that is what sparked my post this week. I told my husband that I needed to make a pillow cover for our bedroom and he said, how many pillows to we have in there? And so I started counting… ;)

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  22. I have as many as I can without them ending up on the floor when they are not in use- my pet peeve.

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    1. My pet peeve, too....but apparently no one else's around here! ;)

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  23. Absolutely right, fabric softens a room. I love seeing the pillows of your rooms and the different looks you get from them. I love the current ones you have on your white sofa! Such a pretty combination.

    I counted 19 in my head, not counting pillow shams. And this is a small house. A few are stuck in a closet as we didn't move one of our sofas with us. Not going to feel guilty anymore about all these pillows!

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    1. No guilt!! Pillows add such warmth and coziness. I say enjoy them all!

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  24. I like the look of pillows and have been picking up pieces of fabric so now I just need to sew the covers. I have been picking up pillows when thrifting and I plan to use those old pillows as the pillow forms for the fabrics that I have in my stash. I have the sewing machine out, now I just need to get started.

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    1. I know the feeling, Lorri. I have a bunch of sewing plans and not enough time in the day to get it all done.

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  25. I am a bit pillow obsessed too. I mean, they are the perfect decorating accessory and they don't cost an arm and a leg. Like you said, pillows can completely change the look of a room. That's what I love about them. :)

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  26. Hi Kim! Pillows, glorious pillows - so many choices, so little time! You definitely have a knack for using them, so pretty. Jane

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    1. Thank you so much, Jane! They are an easy accessory to add and have such an impact!

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  27. Hi Kim, wow you have such a wonderful collection of pillows! I do love how they can change the look of a bed or a coach or even a chair. I do have pillow all over my house too. I do need to update the ones on my coach I think after looking at all of yours! LOL. :)

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    1. I often get the itch to update, too, Julie...especially after I browse though Home Goods. So many pretties!

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  28. Oh my goodness, your pillows add such charm to each and every one of your rooms. I use only a very few in our little cottage. Thank you for sharing. Hugs ♥ Teri

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    1. Simple is often the best route to cozy, Teri and usually my decorating mantra...except with pillows!! ;)

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  29. Well my place is smaller so I have FAR LESS pillows than yours :) I loved seeing your variety though. I have 5 in my living room, and 2 on my bed :) But I have lots of covers that I change out and then I also have quite a few pillows down at my son's house, on the kids beds, their porch chairs, etc.

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    1. The covers really are the key, Deb, I agree. I have outside pillows, too, but harder to store. I wish I had outdoor covers to swap out..hmmm. I am on the hunt now! ;)

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  30. I am a pillow girl! I love pillows.
    I do have a very special pillow tucked away that my grandma made me. She embroidered flowers on it. Each one sewn with love. I will have to do a post about it.
    It is very special to me and it has yellowed some with age.

    Beautiful decor Kim, you are so creative. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. It sounds lovely, Carla and wonderfully sentimental. Those are the best kind!! :)

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  31. I love pillows too! I just finished making a new one. I love how pillows can totally change how a room feels! I don't have as many pillows as you, but I am with you. Pillows add so much character to the room, and you can jazz it up, or cozy it up or whatever you choose. Now I'm looking at my pillows and thinking, I really, really need a chicken pillow! LOL... can you believe I don't have one? Gotta remedy that... !

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    1. You do need a chicken pillow!! Or two!! ;)

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  32. I totally agree with you on having pillows that you can cozy up with. I've seen some really cute pillows, but they had embellishments on them that would make it impossible to enjoy. I really love your house. All the pillows, colors and fabrics make it so personalized, perfect and cozy. :)

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    1. Thanks Lisa! Yes, it's a struggle...pretty versus practical. I try to find both and it's not always easy. ;)

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  33. I have a total of 11 pillows, not counting the bedrooms. I love them, but I can't keep them on the chairs in the living room, because the dogs ruin them with hair and dirt. I don't have rugs either, for another dog related reason. I'm a slave to my darn fur-babies lol

    xo,
    rue

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    1. But they're such cute fur babies! ;) Totally worth it.

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