The Power of Pillows
pil·low /ˈpilō/ noun: a rectangular cloth bag stuffed with feathers, foam rubber, or other soft materials, used to support the head when lying down.
Well, that’s the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of pillow. Here’s the Beth Lindsey version: A beautiful and versatile interior design accessory, used to bring joy and comfort into every room.
I used eight pillows to make the guest room in my Telluride Lodge project extra comfy and snuggly for guests. Eight seems about right for a bed, but I could go higher! With pillows, there aren’t really any rules. Use as many or as few as you like!
I count 10 pillows, and at least 3 box-cushions used to make this breakfast nook comfy. The designer used the welts of the pillows to tie them all together, but it certainly isn’t necessary. Pillows, like art, should complement a room, but they needn’t all match. They are great way to layer in textures as well. Fur, velvet, silk, burlap - all good and appropriate pillow cover options!
As a matter of fact, some of the most successful groupings of pillows offer a clash of patterns and colors. Pillows are also one of the easiest way to switch up your decor without spending a fortune. I often have leftover pillows from a project or photo shoot that I’ll just layer into my existing decor, even if they don’t quite match the theme of my room. It’s fun and gives me something new and exciting to look at.
Speaking of fun, ‘70s globe-shaped pillows, originally popularized by design legend Michael Taylor, are definitely making a comeback.
All my photos thus far have shown patterned and textured pillows, but a pillow doesn’t need to standout to have an impact. Since the crewelwork fabric on the arm chair is the star of the show here, I went with a a solid silk knife-edge pillow to soften the look, and used a textured rick-rack cord to give the cushion a little polish and finish.
Speaking of the ‘70s and pillow trends, there is definitely a revival of macrame and pom-pom motifs happening in the design world right now. I’m not quite sure how I feel about it, but hey, why not give it a try? After all, it’s just a little fun with pillows, not a ‘till-death-do-us-part commitment! Pillows really are the place to experiment with decor themes!