PILLOWS PILLOWS EVERYWHERE!!
There is a scene in the Ben Stiller/Jennifer Aniston movie, Along Came Polly, where Ben Stiller’s character Reuben and Polly, played by Aniston, prepare to go to bed. Reuben, who has just broken up with a girlfriend, who loved pillows and had them placed beautifully on the bed, slowly removes each pillow and begins to put them in a trunk where they will be stored for the night. Polly, upon watching this ritual asks, “What are all these pillows for? You don’t sleep on them?” She wonders if they get put on the bed each morning and then stored at night, unused, what purpose they serve. While I have no statistics on this, I imagine that there is often one member of each partnership or coupling that can never have enough pillows and another who either despises them or has asked the very same question.
In my house, it’s me. The one who loves pillows. On any surface. The bed, the couch, a chair. I even like them on the floor for a relaxed lounge sitting area. Pillows suggest comfort, calm, relaxation. They give to any guest or member of the family an invitation to sit, relax, or rest. They say, “You are welcome to stay a while.” Pillows and other accessories can add depth, color, and contrast to a space. I especially enjoy mixing different sizes, textures, and colors. There are so many options to play with, at my house anyway, it’s hard to say no!
There is, however, a method to the madness and pillows can’t just be thrown about without consideration for their impact. Some swear by the 2-2-1 ratio: Two pillows of the same size and pattern on the outside, two of the same on the inside and one special pillow, a star so to speak in the middle. On a bed, you can use the same ratio but from back to front. Others like the 2-2-2 or the 2-2. Some find the pillow chop, the look of a karate chopped crease in the middle of the pillow, pleasing while others prefer to keep theirs square or flat. Some abandon any rules all together and place them in whatever way makes them feel good and the room look balanced.
In a space with a more controlled palette, a pillow can add a pop of color or texture. Pillows can be shown in differing patterns—stripes or florals, polka dots or faux fur creating a whimsical or calming effect. It’s a small chance to take rather than a huge risk and immediately draws the eye. At least that’s what I tell my husband. In most relationships you have to pick your battles and in my house, I ALWAYS win the pillow fight!
HERE ARE A FEW GREAT IDEAS !
SO BE BOLD AND LET YOUR PILLOWS LEAD THE WAY IN YOUR EXPRESSION OF STYLE AND DESIGN!!
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