The Ultimate Guide to Pillow Combinations

Finding the perfect pillow combination is a craft we are constantly honing as interior designers. From texture variations to color combos and proportions, a lot goes into selecting the perfect pillows for any space. As always, j miller interiors is particularly careful to source from small and independent makers, which can make the pillow shopping process even more time consuming as designers. Today, we’re sharing all our best tips to follow when creating a beautiful combination for your bed, sofa or accent chair.

When in Doubt, Size Up

One of my favorite tricks to achieve a designer look is to go one size up in pillows. Typically, throw pillows are between 18 and 20 inches when purchased off the shelf in store. By simply sourcing a 22 inch throw pillow for your sofa or accent chair, your space will instantly feel more elevated.

Opt for Feather Down Alternative Inserts

The quality of a pillow is exemplified (or lowered) based on the quality of the insert. We love sourcing sustainable, vegan options like feather down alternative inserts. We love these down alternative pillow inserts from Amazon that come in dozens of size options and have over 4,000 five star reviews. One critical step is making sure that you order pillow inserts two full inches larger than the pillow cover. This creates the most full, high-end look and ensures the pillow cover doesn’t wrinkle or fall flat. It seriously makes SUCH a difference.

Mix Your Textures

Nothing feels cozier than a combination of pillows that have varied texture. From linens to wool boucle, texture is a key component of a designer pillow combination. We recommend selecting at least two different textile materials for your pillow combo to provide maximum dimension. A few favorite combos: silk and cotton, linen and wool, linen and leather.

Best Pillow Size Combinations

Larger Sofas

(2) 24” square pillows

(2) 22” squares pillows (1) long lumbar pillow OR (2) 20” squares + small lumbar

For King Beds We Go For

(2-3) 28” square pillows

(2) 24-22” square pillows OR (1) 14 x 36” lumbar

For Queen Beds We Go For

(2) 24” pillows

(2) 14” x 20” lumbar pillows OR (1) 20” pillow

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