Pulling from a piece Series- how do you pick out pillows to go with art?

So part of my goal is to help with integrating art into your home- I mean who doesn’t want an excuse to design around beautiful pieces you find! This is the first of a few posts I'm going to do where I discuss common problems in dealing with art in your home. 

First up- how to use pillows to connect your art with the rest of the room. I feel like I can be stuck sometimes in how I approach pillows- I like them to look a certain way (good!). However, I realized that I was missing out on fun ways to change the look of my room (and even art) because I didn’t take any risks. So, in order to help you (and me) take more risks with how we choose pillows to go with our art, I’ve come up with 2 options- matching and non matching.

MATCHING

Photo courtesy of Paloma Contreras

Photo courtesy of Paloma Contreras

Photo courtesy of Phoebe Howard

Photo courtesy of Phoebe Howard

Photo courtesy of Traditional Home

Photo courtesy of Traditional Home

Photo courtesy of House Beautiful

Photo courtesy of House Beautiful

Matching pillows to your home’s art is beautiful and timeless. This is what I recommend looking for: 

-Pick out colors that are as close as you can get to the colors in the pieces

-Pick out geometrics or small patterns/prints with solids (try to stay away from only using solids; unless  you have patterns on your main upholstery items)

-Dual tone pieces (pillows that contain more than one color) are totally fine to use. If you look at the pink bedroom photo done by Phoebe Howard, she uses a lot of the colors in the flower to be in the paisley print. Not just pink or orange- she uses a combination. 

NON- MATCHING

Photo courtesy of Lark and Linen Interior Design

Photo courtesy of Lark and Linen Interior Design

Photo courtesy of Anna Burke Interiors

Photo courtesy of Anna Burke Interiors

Photo courtesy of House Beautiful

Photo courtesy of House Beautiful

Photo courtesy of Phoebe Howard

Photo courtesy of Phoebe Howard

Not matching your pillows to your art can be exciting because you are open to a lot more possibilities and color options! This is what I recommend looking for: 

-Any color can work, as long as you mix up the patterns (and take into account other colors in your house- if you introduce a different color, try to incorporate it in adjacent rooms, as well).

-Think about the art... is there a lot of blue with a little bit of color (like the bedroom from Anna Burke)? That is one way to think about a pillow. It can have a lot of one color, with a little bit of something else (like pink, yellow etc.).

- What other colors are in your house? Putting those colors in pillows by the piece help bring them together.

-What is the style of the room? Is it cozy and comfortable? Is it modern and simple? Think about your pillow fabric- they can help with same "feeling". Phoebe Howard picks out pillows that also have the same nautical feel as the painting in the bedroom she designed- even though the painting is a lot darker than the rest of the room. 

- Direction in the art can be another way to tie them into your art. Lark and Linen’s bedroom has horizontal stripes in the photography and the pillows have texture that is horizontal.

- Play around! Don’t get stuck in the “but does this really go together?”. It’s like an outfit- sometimes if you don’t play with how different shirts/skirts/belts/sweathers can go together, you don’t know the possibilites that they can have!

I love a good throw pillow. And any of these ideas are great to use when trying to tie in art work with the rest of your room. 

Do you have any other ideas for how pillows can work with art work? Has this been a struggle of yours?