how to mix and match pillows on a sofa


Pillows are the perfect way to add a touch of colour, texture, and pattern to your sofa. They can add visual interest while also providing comfort. But the best part about pillows is that they are easy to mix and match. From deciding on the right size pillow for your sofa to finding the right fabric and colour scheme, we've got you covered!

Create a simple base.

Use a simple pillow.

You can use a few different pillows, but make sure to pair them with the sofa to make it look intentional. I would recommend using either a small square or rectangle-shaped pillow on top of your furniture as it is generally the same height as your couch and helps create an even base for all other decorative pillows. You should also try to find the same-sized pillow that matches your couch, so they look like they belong together.

  • Use neutral colours: If you want something different from white or black, consider using grey or cream-coloured fabric instead! These two colours will help soften any room without being too bright or standing out too much from what's already there.*

Create an accent.

To create an accent, you can use a large, bold pillow the same colour as your sofa. If you're unsure about your colour choice, a neutral option is always safe. But if you want to be bold and show off your personality, choose something fun and cheery!

Another way to add an accent is by using decorative pillows that match or complement the decorative pillows already on your sofa. For example, if there are floral prints everywhere on all of the cushions and other accessories like lampshades this could be an opportunity for another floral-print pillow (though going overboard with patterns can start becoming overwhelming)!

Adding texture is also an easy way to add some visual interest; try choosing something different than what's already there! A cotton throw blanket may work well as a throw pillow cover; it adds warmth but still gives off enough visual weight to not look like an afterthought or add too much clutter to the room's overall size.

Create a pattern.

  • Don't use more than three patterns in a room.

  • Don't use too similar patterns you want to create an interesting juxtaposition, not a visual mess!

  • Don't use too different patterns if your sofa is red and orange, don't buy pillows with yellow and green stripes. You want to create harmony and balance, not contrast.

  • Don't use busy patterns on large pieces of furniture like sofas or chairs; instead, go for something plainer on those items (like solids). For smaller pieces like side tables or end tables, feel free to mix them up by adding some patterned throw pillows for added style!

Find your size.

The first step to mixing and matching is finding the size of your furniture. You'll want to measure the following:

  • The length of your sofa (the distance from one armrest to another).

  • The width of the room.

  • Your sofa's and the room's dimensions, then consider what you can afford when choosing pillows.

Using various pillows and fabrics is the best way to create a unique and stylish look.

Pillows are great for adding texture and color to your sofa. They can also create a pattern, theme, focal point and statement that will bring your room together.


Mixing and matching pillows is a great way to add style and personality to your living space. It doesn't have to be complicated, either! Start by picking out some of the most important pieces, like the sofa or chair, then choose complementary pillows that will bring out the best in each other's designs. From there on out, it's just a matter of adding colour and pattern until you find something you're happy with!


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Carole Pollich
Carole Pollich
🌳 I'm a Sofa Reviewer - Couch Reviews, Mattress Reviews, Armchair Reviews, & I review Tents and Hammocks! I do the most exciting things so you don't have to. I travel all over the world doing reviews on Loungers.