6 Simple Ways Pillows Can Refresh a Sofa

Could your living room use a makeover? There's no need to redo the entire room or splurge on a new sofa. Just add a decorative pillow (or three), and you'll change the look of the entire space. Go ahead and keep that old couch!

1. Build a Collection Around a Theme
"Textiles can change the entire feel of a room. This collection has a well-traveled look, and the colors are happy. A wild mix only works when there's balance - pairs, and colors of equal intensity. Black anchors the other colors, and the throw makes it all cozier." -Ellen Hamilton
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Try Texture
"There is nothing more beautiful than creams and whites. But when all the shades are similar, you need a mix of textures to keep it visually interesting. This is a luxurious, soft feeling. You want to sink into the pillows, or throw a few at someone." -Barbara Westbrook
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Put Together a Pairing
"To keep a look clean, I like to work in pairs, with patterned pillows in front and solids as the backdrop. That deep plum brings the sofa to life in a bold way, and the feathers add a note of bohemian whimsy. This combo will dress up any sofa." -Sara Gilbane
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Play with Color
"Pillows are one of the easiest and quickest ways to experiment with color. The turquoise and plum are an atypical combination, but they unexpectedly complement each other. They're a great contrast with the neutral background, and they break up the sea of beige." -Sheila Bridges
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Show Off Your Personal Style
"I had pillows custom-made with photos of my dogs, Coco and Lulu: It's like having them cuddled next to me all the time. Different patterns and textures, and an asymmetrical arrangement, keep the eye moving. The black and white holds it all together and gives a pop to the dogs." -Stephen Shubel
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Add Different Shapes
"Round pillows are unusual and kick things up a notch. I love the contrast between the organic and the graphic - round and rectangular, feathers and tartan. The shapes are a nice change from all the squares in the world! I nestled them so it looks like they're snuggling." -Alessandra Branca
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