Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pillow Power

“One of the best ways to experiment and add color without painting or spending a lot of money is to add throw pillows.” This week ALL PILLOWS at I.O. METRO are 25% OFF! And we know that “a great pillow can truly make a room feel complete, but a bad one—or even an excess of good ones—can throw off the balance of color and texture for which you're shooting” (Apt Therapy).
So how to choose? Hopefully these tips from Apartment Therapy will help...


  • Choose prints that include neutral colors. Part of why the ever-popular vivid patterns are so versatile is that bold graphics are always paired with cream or another neutral color, bringing them down to Earth.
  • Don't be afraid to layer your patterns. We love the look of several pillows with different prints in the same room. If you tend to favor bold, graphic prints, choose one or two pillows with a more subtle pattern (or delicate, line-drawn shapes) to tone things down.
  • Choose pillows that provide some contrast in texture. Consider the texture of your furniture—if you've got a leather sofa, try a nubby linen or soft velvet pillow. For a mohair couch or chair, maybe go with a smooth brushed cotton. Detailing, like quilting, embroidery, or fringe, can also provide an interesting interplay of textures.
  • Know your limits. This may sound like lip service, but there is such a thing as too many throw pillows. On a very large sofa, three will work, but we think most couches look best with just a few. A good rule of thumb: if you have to move them to sit comfortably, you've got too many!(http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/how-to/how-to-pick-out-throw-pillows-083466)

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