We believe home design should be stylish and distinctive. From the pop and polish of a velvet disc pillow to the inviting warmth of a chunky-knit sofa blanket, accent pillows and throws help you bring your space to life with a personalized touch. At Lulu and Georgia, our thoughtfully-curated collection has soft accents perfect for refining your home, bringing style to comfort.
Small touches can have a huge impact on any home design. Whether you're looking for a seasonal refresh or are putting the finishing touches on a space makeover, pillows and throws are always fun to shop for because they're a flexible design element that's low commitment, so you can hone a look over time or take a chance and go for bold.
Not sure what style or design best fits your space when shopping for throw pillows and blankets? Don't worry; we have got you covered. Check out the tips below for ideas and inspiration as you choose the best pieces to buy for your space.
3 Tips for Styling Throw Pillows and Blankets
If you want to add color and texture to your sofa—or accent chair, bay window, or loft—there is no set recipe. Pillows and throws are all about adding personal flair. They invite warmth and comfort, making your design more livable while helping tie the room together and offering a showcase for your individual style. No matter the space, here are three tips to keep in mind to make your edit absolutely pop.
Master the Mix
Contrast creates impact. You can create more interest in the room by layering different colors, patterns, shapes, sizes, or textures. But even the most eclectic of aesthetics needs some unity. Try to stick to the rule of threes when picking decorative pillows and mix and match with other elements for a cohesive design story.
You might try to find three colors that complement or reflect colors already at play in the room—the wallpaper, curtains, or a rug. Coordinating color lets you layer patterns without losing balance, but the key here is also in the mix. Blend large-scale and medium-scale patterns with solid and heathered designs to keep the overall effect from getting too loud. Don’t forget to mix up shape and size as well—a good blend of square, lumbar, and round throw pillows. Some shapes offer a practical edge, like a lumbar pillow or bolster pillow for adding support when sitting. Others—like round throw pillows—help keep the collection feeling layered and interesting.
Beauty in Balance
The idea here is to spread the love. In other words, don't put all your color or character into one corner. Spread it out for visual balance and to create moments of contrast on both sides of the sofa and throughout the room. This is less about using a formula and more about stepping back and taking in the space as a whole.
If you have a sectional that seems too bare, cozy it up and add interest with a sofa blanket draped over the chaise. Maybe your couch is starting to look crowded—cull and edit. Follow the less is more approach with fewer, bigger pillows rather than more, smaller ones. If a throw blanket is too much over the sofa, you can always stash one in a basket or drape it over a ladder for a minimalist feel that's always ready for a cozy hang.
Symmetry is something you can play with. Modern curations work best with mismatches and odd numbers— traditional looks call for more even symmetry. Picture a tailored sitting room with matching cushions on either side of a classic sofa or a vintage pillow striking a modern tone in a thoughtfully asymmetric arrangement.
Always mind the material when shopping online. We've already noted the advantages of mixing textures, but it's also worth considering what each specific material brings to the table—or sofa—beyond texture. Linen pillows offer a versatile natural fiber that is strong, easy to clean, and only gets softer over time. Something like our Charlotte Velvet Pillow is an excellent choice for a home with a pet because the tight weave and smooth pile are less prone to snagging. Always think about how a material will play in your home.
Performance and synthetic fibers are great for spaces where elevated design meets everyday living. Whether it's a casual family room or a cozy breakfast nook, sometimes we just want the easy care and versatility of modern materials. Don't think modern materiality pins you into a modern aesthetic. Our collection of pillows features beautiful designs with dynamic appeal for every style. Some, like our Marchesa Indoor / Outdoor Pillow, are even ready for soft comfort on a patio or terrace.
One final note—pillows are like books, it's not just the cover that counts. The fill can make a difference in how a pillow looks on a seat. Down and down alternatives tend to offer a more relaxed look that feels chic and luxurious. Polyester and other synthetic fills create a fuller, more crisp effect that can bring polish to the room. Again, neither is necessarily better; it's just about what works for your home design.
Bringing Throws and Accent Pillows to the Bedroom
A throw blanket is the perfect versatile top layer for your bed. Folded or draped over the corner, a throw can bring an inviting, practical touch to the room. Like a coverlet or bedspread, a throw can offer an extra layer of warmth and texture but is also small enough to wrap up with and move from to room—perfect for weekend lounging. In a guest room, you can keep a throw in a basket for guests to grab on a cold night.
Decorative pillows are not a must in the bedroom, but they can add charm and refinement to a transitional or traditionally inspired look. Even in a modern bedroom edit, a statement accent pillow is one of the easiest ways to refresh the bedding. Just like in any living space, you want to make sure you're striking a balance between contrast and unity. Check out our pillow pairings for a tailored look with the perfect amount of variety.
We love when a stylish accent also serves a purpose. A long lumbar pillow like the Arlo Linen Pillow works as a unifying accent when the bed is made but becomes a useful feature for side sleepers to snuggle up with at night. Bolster pillows on the bed offer this same dual appeal—style and functionality—with a smaller size you can double up on for symmetry.
However, you style it, throw pillows and blankets allow you the flexibility to showcase the nuances of your design aesthetic. Loved ones and visitors can immediately get a sense of who you are by seeing how you have layered the room with little touches of character and comfort to build on your home's look.
When you shop for pillows and throws online at Lulu and Georgia, you'll find pieces that complement the style of your home but also make it feel more elevated. You can choose from our wide selection to find the perfect purchase, no matter what you're looking for. Check our inspiration page for more ideas on creating stylish everyday living spaces.Show Less