Pillows are every decorator’s go-to accessory. They can act as the finishing touch on a well-designed room or truly transform a blank-slate space. There are three tips we try and stick to when it comes to pillows. 1. Asymmetry is the name of the game. Place two pillows on one end of the sofa and one at the other. Using odd numbers of objects is a good general rule for accessorizing. 2. Bigger isn’t always better. Anything larger than twenty-four by twenty-four inches is probably going to overpower a sofa, especially a love seat. 3. Less is more. More than five pillows on a regular size sofa or more than two on a love seat is too much. We tend to design custom pillows for the interiors we design, and we’re going to share some of our recent beauties both in a real finished interior, and some that we’re in the process of having made for an installation coming up next month. As you can tell, we take our pillows very seriously. Below, in our clients’ home office, we added graphic elements to what was otherwise a very serene, blue and off-white interior.In this sun lit conservatory/family room, Lauren designed pillows that added a modern punch to compliment the traditional chintz with corresponding colors and bold geometric patterns.In this rather serious library, we added a vintage pillow and two traditional but dressy pillows with a pop of color on the custom tape to throw things off.This 3-D rendering, below, shows how we map out our pillow plans prior to the installation. We take a very studied approach given that we’ve seen the impact custom pillows can have on the overall look and feel of a finished room.
On the custom banquette, we designed two whimsical pillows decorated with palm branches paired with one soft brown velvet pillow. The colors are all perfectly matched, so it will work beautifully together.
For a luxurious green velvet sofa in the living room, we designed two strong blue silk pillows with a chic stripe pattern by Oscar De La Renta.
For two club chairs decorated with beige tape on the arms and skirt, we created these pillows with a small framed floral pattern.To add an unexpected color into the room, we designed two rectangular pillows out of a gorgeous dark violet, and added a tape with brown and blue accents to speak to all of the elements in the room. We upholstered the bolsters in an elegant chocolate brown suede.
The fabric on this tub chair was the starting point for the fabric scheme of this room, so we made the pillow out of the same fabric. We love how our upholsterer, Luther Quintana, matched the pattern so artfully.
Stay tuned as we continue to share what we’re up to. It’s going to be a busy spring!