Pillow Talk

Get comfy as we examine 5 different throw pillow styles and finishes.

Decorative pillows can transform even the blandest sofas  and chairs, and there are endless ways to get creative with fabrics and trims. Local workroom M&M Upholstery created the assorted pillows pictured here—all using the same fabric—to illustrate how, with some trim, cording, or clever stitching, you can achieve distinctive results.

Dallas interior designer and frequent Horchow stylist Jan Jones breaks down the different sillouettes and finishing options for fashioning throw pillows in sync with your style.

1. Box Edge

The form allows you to mix fabrics and presents a nice clean look. The style works well on banquettes, and sofas where you have plenty of depth.

2. Tape

The flat border takes the look in a more contemporary direction and allows you to incorporate another color.

3. Butterfly Corners

These inverted pleats not only look nice, but they also help keep corners from sagging. 

4. Self Cording

Piping pillows in the same pillow fabric imparts a professional finish. 

5. Trim

Pom-pom and- eyelash fringe is an easy way to add texture and whimsy.

6. Specialty Cording

Adding tape or a contrasting piping can impart a  graphic edge.

7. Bolster

Long, tube-shaped bolsters are great on beds. Smaller ones work well with slipper chairs and on the ends of a sofa.

8. Knife Edge

With nice sharp corners, you can’t go wrong with this classic shape. Keep scale in mind: A 16 to 18–inch square will look right on a large sofa, but if they get too big, you’ll have to remove them each time you want to sit back. In contrast, small pillows on a large sofa will look out of place.

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