How To Style Pillows on a Sectional
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How To Style Pillows on a Sectional

A step-by-step guide.

Styling pillows on a sectional can be tricky. What do you do with that corner? Which sizes should you use to fill it in?

Today, we’re excited to share our step-by-step guide for styling a sectional.

Here’s a few things we’ve learned over the years:

How To Style Pillows on a Sectional

Step No 1: Create a Color Palette

Our first step is to create a color palette. Start by use your sectional color as the jumping off point, and create a higher end look by allowing colors to gently flow into each other.

We like using neutral tan and linen colors that naturally flow, and then weave in the bolder hues. Incorporate blues or subtle mauves. As a general rule of thumb, we try to avoid using more than five colors.

How To Style Pillows on a Sectional

Step No. 2: Use your biggest pillow first

Start with the back corner of the sectional and put your biggest pillow there. We always use a 24” inch pillow. It may seem big, but you don’t want it to get covered by the layered pillows in the front!

How To Style Pillows on a Sectional
How To Style Pillows on a Sectional

Step No. 3: Layer in the next size

After we have our 24′ inch pillows, we use a 22′ inch on both ends of the sectional to start filling in the look. We apply this same rule to that stubborn middle, too!

How To Style Pillows on a Sectional

Step No. 4: Add in your smaller pillows

Create layers in the corner with shorter pillows, adding more 22” pillows, 20” pillows, and maybe even some lumbars. This corner should have the most!

On the ends we’ll layer another 22” inch pillow or a 20” inch pillow on top of the existing, and maybe even a lumbar! Usually we use a 12” x 20” or 12” x 24”.

 

How To Style Pillows on a Sectional
How To Style Pillows on a Sectional

Step No. 5: Add a throw.

Our final touch is to add a throw. It gives the space a lived-in feel, and provides an element of comfort.

How To Style Pillows on a Sectional

Watch our video below to see our tips in action!

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Studio McGee
  1. V helpful, thx!!? Would you mind sharing the source of that creamy white pillow with the rust lines going down the sides? I have a brown couch and have had trouble figuring out pillows. I think THAT one might be THE ONE!!!

  2. This is so helpful, and I love the pillows you chose! Are the recommended measurements the cover sizes, or the insert sizes?

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