Pillow Talk: The artful placement of pillows vol II. piling practicum

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Pillow talk: The artful placement of pillows...

don't go overboard or over the Head board when piling pillows on the bed

 

Arranging pillows on a sofa or bed is a fairly mundane activity that in itself does not necessarily require instruction. However, if your home is on the market and your looking to give your property it's best face possible, here are some simple pointers to give your pillowed furniture practical pizazz.  

 

 

Bed with arranged pillows

Less is more, more or less: regardless of how passionate you are for pillows, the old adage that less is more applies when it comes to staging the bedroom. The best approach to pillow placement is not to cover more than a quarter of the bed with pillows and to layer them no more than four deep and five across. Ideally, you should keep the pillow count under ten for King and Queen beds and less than six pillows on full and twin sized beds including sleeping pillows. Now day beds and pune'e (Hawaiian day beds) naturally require more pillows in order to supply adequate back support when seated so you have a little more leeway here in the pillow count but remember less is more.  

Bed with arranged pillows.



 "...What immortal hand or eye, could frame thy fearful symmetry?" -William Blake: Of course, Blake was talking about a tiger when he wrote this poem but it applies to pillow placement too. Be fearful of over doing symmetrical patterning when it comes to the context of the room. Too much of 'two of everthing' can make a room predictable and boring. Most designers will tell you to use an odd number of pillows on beds and sofas and for the most part I agree but if you are using asymmetrical patterning else where in the room then it's OK and sometimes advisable to pair pillows up. 

 

Pillows arranged on a bed

 

 

 


Size matters and variety is good thing: avoid using just small pillows on a big bed and vice versa. Proportionality is important and using different sizes, shapes, colors and textures helps to make the bed a focal point in the room.

 

 



Seven & Three

When it comes to sofas you want to be able to sit comfortably without having to move pillows around to do so. Keeping pillows closer to the arm rests makes this a little easier. On a standard size sofa try to keep the pillow count under 7 and with love seats 3 or less.

Bold & Bright

When you want to give a little more contemporary feel to transitional furniture use bright colors and bold patterns. Floral patterns are usually a traditional standard but there are many modern floral prints available today that can give a modern flare to your transitional decor.

Balance & Weight

A little color goes a long way. Adding a touch of color can give balance to a sofa. In the example below the detail of the face pillow pulls the eye to the right while the blue draws the eye to the opposite end giving equal visual weight to both sides of the sofa.

Variations on a Theme

Pillow themes can really pile on the charm factor when staging but beware of being too kitsch. Below is a ocean theme using bright red contrast, textured fabrics intimating coral, and a blue crab to define the theme. Of course this looks great in a beach house not so great in a log cabin in the mountains.

 

Mirth & Whimsy

Everyone can use a little laugh these days. Using whimsy to entertain potential buyers can lighten the mood of a space and create a sense of fun and interest. Unusual pillow shapes like the penguins and felt "stones" can instantly transport your imagination to another place, which is not really the purpose of staging so temper your sense of humor and keep the avant garde for your new home.

The penguins and felt stones are a couple examples of my favorite pillows. Although, I wouldn't necessarily stage with them I would definitely use them as an interior decorator. I invite you to post your favorite pillows and share how they make you feel. So lets continue the pillow talk...

 Pillow Talk: the artful placement of pillows vol I. beyond the fringe

 

 

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Kimo Stowell
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Aloha Michelle, there are so many varieties of pillows available today it boggles the mind. I can spend far more time than I should searching through pillows and creating endless combinations.

Aloha Connie, the "stones" alone in a small meditation room would look incredible I think.

Aloha Bob, someone should invent a pillow compactor for storage.

Aloha Sylvie, Thanks for visiting.

Aloha Michelle, Mahalo nui loa!

Aloha Kathy, art & pillows can really carry a room.

 

Oct 25, 2008 06:06 PM #37
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Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC - Honolulu, HI
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Aloha Sally & David, having a large number and wide variety in your pillow inventory is a great asset for staging.

Aloha Jan, no one likes to compete for seating with a pillow. Usually they end up in my lap or on the floor.

Aloha Diane, my dogs love to burrow under and knock the pillows around and do so almost immediately after I arrange them.

Aloha William, Thank you for commenting.

Aloha Marian, it truly is amazing how pillows can transform a space.

Aloha Jacqueline, Mahalo for visiting.

Oct 25, 2008 06:22 PM #38
Rainmaker
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Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC - Honolulu, HI
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Aloha Richard, pillows can sometimes take over a space and befuddle your patience. It's always good to keep an eye on their numbers lest they smother you in your sleep.

Aloha Cindy, nothing is worse than adding more things to do in your morning routine.

Aloha Connie, thank you. I like to apply artful consideration to just about everything I do.

Aloha Cat, God and the devil are in the details.

Aloha Konnie, mahalo for suggesting an excellent post topic.

Aloha Lizette, please do link and mahalo nui loa.

Aloha Eva, staging is what you make of it but the design aspect is certainly fun for me.

Oct 25, 2008 06:40 PM #39
Rainmaker
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Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC - Honolulu, HI
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Aloha Sonja, thank you, the red couch is very inviting.

Aloha Anonymous, I'm blushing thank you. But it's my parents you have to thank for my appearance.

Aloha Fernando, pillows can overwhelm you if you don't give yourself guidelines and self control. You know you are in trouble when you start making excuses for pillows.

Aloha Jim, many share your sentiment, mahalo for commenting.

Aloha Terrylynn, Thank you...thank you!

Aloha Donna, color is a powerful trans-formative element when used thoughtfully.

Castellum Gentlemen, thank you for the compliment and stopping by, Aloha! 

 

Oct 25, 2008 06:59 PM #40
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Kimo Stowell
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Aloha Kerry, We definitely have too much stuff these days, just look at all the self storage places there are. I can't imagine paying rent for things you don't use.

Aloha Robert, I hope your mom enjoys the post and thanks for passing it on.

Aloha Judy, no it's not Julius, it's a Greek cameo and it has a mate that I didn't show. The penguins are super fun.

Aloha Marian, I had more that I edited out. Thanks for commenting.

Aloha Rosa, hehehehe... I can imagine this glued mass going on and off the bed in a simple flick of the wrist, perfect every time.

Aloha Cheryl, I except your appointment, hahahaha.

 

Oct 25, 2008 07:27 PM #41
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Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
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When I was a photographer I used to get so annoyed with stylists that thought there should be NO sitting room on a couch, and no sleeping room on a pillow.  I think that people have crazy notions about all of the "throw" pillows.  And the "throw" part is because you have to throw them all over the floor in order to use the area. 

Oct 25, 2008 08:27 PM #42
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Roland Woodworth
Keller Williams Realty - Clarksville, TN
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Kimo... great post on pillow talk.. Pillows can dress up if done correctly.

Oct 25, 2008 11:57 PM #43
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Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
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Wow!  You clearly know this business.  Thanks for the informative and colorful post.

Oct 26, 2008 12:33 AM #44
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Marcia Kramarz
Re/Max Executive Realty - Medway, MA
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Funny Post ... Funny because I was always taught to place pillows at an angle and my housekeepr has re arraned all my pillows in my house like yours and it looks so much more appealing - I thin my housekeeper is missing an opportunity - ! She's right on track with you!!

Oct 26, 2008 07:53 AM #45
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Joyce Kelley
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

So all those years and this is what they mean't. I love the pictures, I have had a few accessories that looked like those by the way. Thanks for you imput.

Oct 26, 2008 09:03 AM #46
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Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC - Honolulu, HI
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Aloha Lane, I think the designers you mention might have misconstrued nesting with design, thanks for visiting.

Aloha Roland, simple little buggers, pillows but they can pack a big punch.

Aloha Marcia, thanks for commenting. When I'm pushing the pillow count to the max, I like to angle the inside layers as you do. However, they often have a hard time staying in place if they're not packed in tightly and often need constant fruffing and adjusting.

Aloha Joyce, if your referring to 'pillow talk' I've expressed the literal meaning of the words, the actual common understanding of the phrase refers to the adoring chat that goes on post coitus. Hawaiians traditionally love to play with double entendres and multiple meanings in wordsand I'm no exception. mahalo for visiting.

Oct 26, 2008 03:52 PM #47
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Kimo Stowell
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Aloha Jason, oops I missed your comment and thanks for the compliment.

Oct 26, 2008 06:53 PM #48
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Leslie Olson
Leslie Olson Interiors - Greenbrae, CA
Interior Design and Home Staging - Marin County CA

Kimo -- thanks for a fun and informative topic! I have to confess to an obsession with accent pillows -- I love rooms that are more like a neutral canvas that can be transformed with a few carefully chosen accessories, like pillows. It helps me indulge my passion for fabrics, texture, color, and contrast. BUT I can't stand too many pillows -- your first image of the bed groaning under the weight of the throw pillows (which get tossed onto the floor at night) is my nightmare!

Just a few of my own pillow suggestions:

- DON'T place a big karate-chop in the middle of a pillow. Ever.

- DON'T use the same-fabric or matchy-matchy pillows that originally came with the sofa or chair, ditch them right away. Instead, select a contrasting color and/or fabric pillow to coordinate with, but not match, the upholstry. If you're petrified of choosing from the array of accent pillows out there, take comfort that solid colors, without lots of frou-frou trim, can be a great safe choice.

- DON'T show your home with limp, stale and dingy pillows. Fresh accent pillows are one of the cheapest and easiest ways to perk up a room

- DON'T bury beds under a pile of pillows. Not only does it look too cluttered and busy for MLS photographs, but it's very '80s-looking. Streamlined is the word.

- DO store most of your accent pillows away, then trade them out as seasons/moods change. They'll look fresh to you again when you place them out bit by bit.

Thanks for letting me vent -- I agree with your suggestions!  Leslie

Nov 01, 2008 01:31 AM #49
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Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC - Honolulu, HI
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Aloha Leslie, mahalo for visiting and including your pillow suggestions.

Nov 02, 2008 01:37 AM #50
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Robyn Guinn
StageAZ - Phoenix, AZ
Home staging, Arizona

Excellent information Kimo, thank you for sharing.  I've noticed in several magazines lately and the big thing is the ONE pillow that tops all of the others in the room.  It's usually different, unexpected and fabulous.  Wish I could find some pics, but it's very catchy.

Nov 02, 2008 11:15 PM #51
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Robyn Guinn
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Hi Kimo, the ones I seem to recall most recently are Domino and Elle Decor.  I wish I could remember specific issues, sorry.

Nov 03, 2008 11:47 PM #52
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Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC - Honolulu, HI
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Aloha Robyn, Mahalo for the info!

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Robin Rogers
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What a super blog post, Kimo! Mahalo for the pillow primer.

Aloha!

Robin

Apr 24, 2010 12:18 PM #55
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Aloha Robin,

Mahalo for visiting and commenting!

Apr 28, 2010 02:57 PM #56
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