How to Mix and Match Pillows on a Sofa

How to Mix and Match Pillows on a Sofa?

Jennie is afraid of mixing and matching pillows on her sofa. She has two sofas in her living room, one on each side of the room. The sofas are both cream but have different lines. She has had trouble since she moved into the house five years ago to coordinate what pillow goes where. Sometimes it looks okay, sometimes it doesn’t (and usually it does not). Jennie’s worries are that she will run out of pillows or end up with all of one kind on each sofa side which would look bad.

Questions: How do I mix and match pillows successfully? Is there anything I should think about? What steps can I take to make sure none of my pillows clash with each other?

How to Mix and Match Pillows on a Sofa?

How to Mix and Match Pillows on a Sofa

Step 1: Decide on a Color Scheme

As with most things, it’s easier if you start with some kind of plan or pattern. If you like bright colors, then there is no need to worry about coordinating the paler shades, but for those who like more muted tones, an all-white sofa can be made to look good by using pillows in several different shades.

A neutral sofa can be achieved by picking whites or taupe as your dominant color and adding in some accents (belts around the armrest) that pick up other colors. It can also work to coordinate an all-black sofa; however, this requires some practice to make sure the black matches across multiple pieces. A really good way to have a neutral sofa is to match the colors of a room. If you would like to put a lot of colors on a sofa, it will work if the colors are all from the same group (reds and oranges), rather than from contrasting groups (pinks with reds).

Step 2: Figure Out How Many Pillows You Need

Using multiple pillows is an easy way to add color without overwhelming the space. In general, about three or four pillows that coordinate well together can give off a really nice effect. However, keep in mind not all sofas should look this full! When picking out your pillows don’t just think about how they’ll look by themselves but also what other items will be around them as well, such as coffee tables and other types of furniture.

Step 3: Pick a Good Cover

As with any type of cover, picking a color that will match the design you want is key. For a simple approach, look for a pattern or style that includes colors from your scheme. If you want to go wild then consider sticking to one solid color and adding accessories in contrasting shades.

Step 4: Decide on Your Design

Finally, remember to keep it balanced! In general, it’s best to have two matching pieces on each side of the sofa, but this isn’t always necessary (especially if you are going for an eclectic look). However, there should be at least one pillow on each side of the sofa that coordinates well together to tie everything together.

A good idea is to set up your sofas the way they will actually be positioned in your room before you commit to anything. This will give you a better idea of how many pillows are necessary and what colors look best together. If you’re still not sure, don’t be afraid to experiment with different items until you come across something that really jumps out at you. Remember, once this works for one sofa then it should be easy to repeat it on all the others!


Jennie has successfully planned how she wants her pillows to look like by considering both color scheme and design beforehand. She can now confidently walk into any store with style ideas already set in mind! With her plans intact she will make sure no pillow clashes with one another and ends up feeling like they cannot all live together in peace.

Luckily, Jennie can also use these steps for any other type of furniture she might be looking to revamp.

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