Top Ten Throw Pillows

Lately I’ve been obsessed with toss cushions because I’m selecting fabrics for the pillows that will be on my new sofa and in the bedrooms. I never design a room for a client without them. Here are my favourites:

1. Love this big floral for the drama and the way it pulls together the kelly green and turquoise.


2 & 3. Here are two of my favorites on the same sofa by Eileen Kathryn Boyd. The raspberry cushions with the one inch flange in a contrasting colour and the long one in the light and dark green. If you are not crazy about pattern, it’s a great way to add more than one colour on the same cushion.

Image from Cote de Texas

4. In this space designed by Tobi Fairley in House Beautiful, I love the knife edge cushions with the flat braided trim for contrast.

Interior Design by Maria Killam
5. I also love cushions with bands and contrasting buttons like the ones I designed for this client in Yaletown.
6. These solid, knife edge cushion are more contemporary than the the standard 1/4” piping found on most off-she-shelf pillows. I love the way she has the pink on one side and orange on the other.

7 & 8. I really like this way of dressing a bed. Keep the pillows in the back that you sleep on and have the decorative European shams in the front with a rectangular cushion in a contrasting pattern. Fabulous!

9. Wide striped fabric sewn like this blue and white one is another look I love. Keep in mind, you need a lot more fabric for your workroom.

10. Last but not least, I also adore this look (also by Sarah Richardson), the square pillow in white with the contrasting square insert!

Which one is your favourite?

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  1. Cushions … instant cat toy, and the cats can dis-em-fowl a down cushion in less than 10 minutes. Polyfill takes longer, and for some reason they usually ignore bed pillows and foam cushions.

    I need to teach them to vacuum up the mess.

  2. Tanja @ Postmodern Hostess

    I especially love the green and pink combination! I recently had some great success changing the entire character of a room with nothing but a few pillows and lampshades. Check it out here.

  3. I love pillows, and have had so many custom made! West Elm has fun and funky ones too….found some goodies there too!

  4. I miss those old fashion tufted round pillow that my grandma had, and I love bolsters too. I guess anything sort of waspy, and that has sort of a high class look.
    I am also loving black and white pillows.