When you’re looking for a quick way to update a living space without spending a lot of time or money, it’s hard to beat the impact of new pillows. This design strategy is particularly useful with a solid neutral-colored sofa because you can change the look entirely with the use of color, pattern and texture. If your sofa is upholstered in a bright or patterned fabric, try new accent pillows in solid colors or small patterns that complement your main fabric.
Here’s a BEFORE look at my Sam Moore sectional and the red and gray pillows I used throughout the winter:
Step 1: find your Inspiration Fabric
In addition to the fun, retro-looking owl motif, I love how this fabric pairs fresh, bright shades of orange and green with a gray background similar to my sofa color.
The green and white woven circle fabric, above, is actually reversible, so I got two looks from one.
Sew, Shop or Order
The good news is that you can update pillows on your sofa, sectional or chairs in a number of ways. If you sew, it’s fairly simple to make or recover accent pillows. If not, you can commission some from a seamstress or order from a decorator or store. One of my favorite sources for pillows is homeware.com.
Making Quick Pillow Covers
An Idea Worth Repeating
If my Sam Moore sectional looks familiar, you may have seen the previous post where I updated the pillows and ottoman for a “winter wow.”
Sectionals Designed to Showcase Pillows
By design, sectionals typically have a larger expanse of upholstered area than standalone sofas. This means they offer lots of room for accent pillows and can be dressed up, dressed down and refreshed throughout the year.
If you’ve got a basic beige sofa, look to your accent pillows to give your space style. Refreshing the look of your room is truly as easy as updating them throughout the year.
If you update your accent pillows, snap a photo and share it here or on our Facebook page. We’d love to see it!