Pillow Talk Mary Carol Garrity
hey may be featherweights, but as decorating tools, accent pillows pack a powerful punch. The right pillows take a nothing room and make it fresh and fabulous.
Here are some simple steps: Picking out the blend of colors, patterns and fabric styles for accent pillows is a personal pilgrimage. There is no one right approach or combination, except the one that makes your heart jump for joy. Some people want a mix of classics that will never go out of style. Others want to embrace the latest trends, with the freshest and newest colors and patterns. Some like a muted, tone-on-tone palette, while others want an electric mix of zesty colors and robust patterns. To find a picture-perfect pillow combination, first evaluate the style and color palette of the space and the furniture where July - August 2012
the pillows will sit. If there is already a lot of pattern and color in the furniture or room, keep the pillows pretty neutral. But “neutral” doesn’t mean “boring.” You can use lots of different fabric textures, styles and trims to give the pillows personality. If the room and furnishings are neutral, then the sky’s the limit for pillows. You can keep your pillows neutral, in keeping with the room. Or you can use the pillows to introduce contrasting colors and patterns. If you want to try bold new colors and patterns, go for it. When you group pillows, create balance in the fabrics so they work wonderfully together, complementing each other, not
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