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.
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.
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.
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.