From the Experts: Styling Your Outdoor Space With Throw Pillows

From the Experts: Styling Your Outdoor Space With Throw Pillows

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When it comes to creating the perfect outdoor living area, throw pillows are a great way to add a pop of color to your furniture. Your outdoor oasis should seamlessly extend the comfort and style of your home - and what better way to show your style than throw pillows?

Here are some tips and tricks from our expert design team to help you select the perfect pillows for your outdoor furniture.

1. Color Coordination


Begin by choosing a color story that resonates with your style. Experiment with similar tones and complementary shades to craft a visually compelling and harmonious look. If you're unsure where to start, draw inspiration from the colors in your garden, patio, or balcony, allowing them to guide your choices for pillows that seamlessly enhance the outdoor elements.


For a natural blend with nature, consider earthy tones such as greens, browns, and blues. These colors not only create a soothing ambiance but also seamlessly integrate with the outdoor environment. 

Ultimately, the key is to choose a color combination that aligns with your personal style and enhances the overall aesthetic of your outdoor space. Whether you prefer a serene and natural palette or want to infuse a burst of energy, the right color coordination sets the tone for your space.

2. Mix and Match Patterns


Don't be afraid to mix different patterns for an eclectic and vibrant look. Stripes, florals, and geometric patterns can coexist beautifully when coordinated correctly. To prevent visual overwhelm, ensure there's a common color thread that ties the patterns together. Mixing patterns adds personality and visual interest to your outdoor sofa. Try mixing in a patterned pillow with a few solid pillows that support your color vision. 

3. Amount of pillows

Creating a cozy atmosphere with pillows on your sofa is essential, but it's crucial not to overwhelm the space. On the flip side, having just one lonely pillow won't contribute to an elevated aesthetic. For a balanced appearance, we recommend having at least one pillow at each end of your sofa. However, for a curated look that blends comfort and style seamlessly, consider adding a few more pillows. Opt for groupings of 1, 2, or 3 based on size, and introduce a fourth pillow to a 45-degree sectional corner.

Check out our curated pillow collections, available in three bundle sizes–we recommend small for a loveseat set, medium for a sofa set, and large for a sectional set.

4. Size is Key


Experiment with different pillow sizes to create a dynamic and layered appearance. Large, square pillows provide a comfortable backrest, while smaller accent pillows add visual interest. Play with rectangular lumbar pillows for extra support and to break up the uniformity of square cushions. Mixing sizes adds dimension and comfort to your outdoor seating.

5. Seasonal Swaps


The change of season is the perfect opportunity to refresh your space. Go for those bright and lively colors when the sun's out in spring and summer. When the chill sets in, cozy up with warm tones that scream fall and winter comfort. Think florals for the warmer months and plaids or nature-inspired patterns for when it gets chilly.


And here's the best part, it's as simple as swapping one pillow for another. Trade that cool winter blue for a pop of sunshine yellow–instant spring feels!

6. Weather-Resistant Fabrics

Because, let's face it, outdoor life means facing the elements. Opt for weather-resistant fabrics like Sunbrella® or trusty polyester–they're fade and mildew-resistant. Investing in high-quality, durable fabrics ensures your pillows will maintain their beauty despite exposure to sun, rain, and wind. Plus, their easy-to-clean nature makes it a breeze to wipe away those inevitable summer mustard drips or morning coffee spills!


Learn more about Sunbrella's fabrics


7. Pillow Placement

Finally, let's delve into the art of arrangement. Thoughtfully arrange your pillows to craft a balanced and inviting seating area. Start with larger pillows against the back of the sofa for support, then layer in smaller accent pillows towards the front. Use odd numbers for a more visually appealing arrangement, such as three or five pillows, and don't be afraid to experiment with different compositions.


Here's a cheat sheet to get you started: 

Now it's time to take this knowledge to your space. But, keep in mind, this is just a guide, and it's perfectly okay to bend the rules every now and then. Play around with colors, patterns, styles, and sizes until you discover what you love. 


Need more guidance? We're here for you with complimentary design consultations–our team of designers would love to assist you in choosing the ideal pillows for your space.  Click here to schedule a consultation!

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