If you are on the hunt for an in-depth guide to pillow combos and sources online, welcome! Pillows add coziness to any room are an affordable way to refresh your space. They are also my favorite home decor item to collect! You too? Whether it be a floral pattern, cozy texture, or classic stripe, pillows seem to make the design world go round. Keep reading for throw pillow combinations for any decor style and budget! I will also share pillow combo ideas for a couch or bed, and the best places to buy throw pillows. This post is a long one, so check out the table of contents to jump to a specific section.

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Save & Splurge Throw Pillow Combinations

First up, throw pillow combinations–updated for 2022! (Many of the pillows I linked originally were no longer available, so I created new combinations that I hope you love.) Each style has a budget and investment grouping. Scroll to the bottom of this post for even more pillow finds!

Designer Tip: Swap the Inserts

If possible, I always recommend using down inserts because they make your pillows fluffy and “choppable.” These 20″ inserts from H&M are my favorite budget friendly option. I also love the feather down inserts from Crate & Barrel and West Elm for all different sizes.

Modern Cottage Pillow Combinations

Modern cottage pillow combinations, floral pillow, gray linen with tassels, topanga pillow

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Moody Texture Pillow Combinations

Moody pillows for a cozy look, darker blue and green combos

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Feminine Floral Pillow Combinations

Floral and feminine pillow combo ideas for bedroom or living room decor

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Coastal Classic Pillow Combinations

Coastal pillow combinations for your bedroom or living room! Serena and Lily pillows, blue floral, plaid, tassels

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Earthy Neutrals Pillow Combinations

Earthy throw pillows to warm up your home! Mauve, brown, and neutral patterns.

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Modern Minimalist Pillow Combinations

Modern minimalist pillow combinations, throw pillows from Etsy, Target, Walmart, and H&M

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Throw Pillow Combinations by Room

Living Room

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Here are my tips for pillow combinations on a couch or sectional:

  1. Place a larger pillow at the back. Here I have used 24″ pillows at each end and in the center of my sectional.
  2. Layer smaller pillows in front. The rest of my pillows are mostly 20″ with a lumbar thrown in, but 22″ would also work!
  3. Include a few solid, basic pillows. This gives your eyes a place to rest so the design isn’t too busy. In the second photo, I used a tasseled linen pillow on the left and a subtle plaid on the right.
  4. Feel free to mix stripes and patterns! The key is to keep things balanced. Notice how the stripes on the mauve (similar) and green (similar) pillows are oriented in opposite directions. On the left, I balanced a textured stripe pillow (similar) with a floral print (similar).

SHOP THE LOOK

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This is a more recent photo of our living room since we swapped our sectional for a white sofa and accent chairs. I haven’t been using as many pillow combinations with this setup, but followed the same principles for coordinating the pillows on our chairs and sofa!

Bedroom

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I love styling cozy bedrooms, and layered pillows play a big role in the design. Here are a few ideas for throw pillow combinations on a bed:

  1. Again, place larger pillows at the back. Begin with euro (26″) or 24″ pillows for your foundation. Generally you will use two for a queen bed and three for a king bed.
  2. Layer smaller pillows in the front. Try two 20″ pillows with a lumbar at the front. You could also group two to three different pillows at the front for a more casual look!
  3. Decide whether you prefer a bold or soft look. In our guest room I included deeper tones for an earthy color palette. In our primary bedroom I like to keep things light to balance our charcoal headboard.
  4. Don’t forget texture! Include pillows with texture to add to the coziness of the space.

SHOP THE LOOK

Where to Buy Throw Pillows

Here are some of my favorite pillow sources! I am sharing larger stores as well as small shops. My strategy is to combine budget finds with investment pieces that really elevate the design.

Target

On trend budget friendly pillows in a variety of styles. Many are sewn seam, but the Threshold with Studio McGee pillows have zippers so that you can use down inserts if desired. Be sure to check out the new-ish Opalhouse Designed with Jungalow collection for cozy boho style.

Walmart

Super affordable pillows, I especially like the My Texas House line. Similar to Target, some are sewn seam, but some have zippers. This is something I always check in the product description when browsing!

H&M

Perhaps the most affordable pillow covers around, especially since most are made of cotton or linen! These are covers only and you purchase inserts separately. H&M is my go to store for solid or striped pillows and boho options. The only downside is that their collection changes frequently, so if you see something you like, don’t wait!

Serena & Lily

Classic and coastal pillows with beautiful patterns, embroidery, and quality textiles. These pieces are an investment and add a high end look and feel to your space. Disclosure: I am on the Serena and Lily Creator team and have worked with them in the past. You can read my review of their linen bedding and the Topanga pillow!

McGee & Co

Hands down some of the prettiest pillows around. Prepare to pay designer price, but keep in mind that the textiles are high quality and curated by the one and only Shea McGee!

Pottery Barn

Quality basics and traditional patterns at a moderate price point.

Designer Tip: Support Small Shops

Pillows from small shops are often an investment because they are handmade from vintage or handwoven textiles. These pieces add so much character to a space and I love supporting small businesses when I can!

Xasmin Interiors (Etsy)

Beautiful pillows crafted with artisan textiles from around the world. Jasmin and I have connected on Instagram and I love supporting her! Check out the Xasmin Interiors website too.

Hackner Home (Etsy)

Lots of great basics, stripes and plaids.

Laurel and Blush (Etsy)

Lovely floral patterns and tassels.

Krinto (Etsy)

Huge selection of African mudcloth, grain sack, Indigo, Hmong, and Indian textile pillows. My go to for vintage floral pillows!

A Few More Etsy Shops to Check Out

100 Throw Pillow Favorites for 2022

Updated: Here are my favorite pillows and pillow covers this year!

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I hope you found this post helpful for creating and styling throw pillow combinations. You will have to let me know which look is your favorite! XO,

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4 Comments

  1. I have a question for you about your main photo. I am a pillow maker and would love to have them in a photo like you have with the white background. Is there an app I could use to create that kind of photo for advertising? Thank you in advance. I also understand if you don’t share info like that.
    Melissa

  2. Hi there! I had a question, on the hydrangea pillow (rust and cream color). I do not see that pillow in any of your links. Did you have those made yourself, or where did you find them! They are absolutely beautiful! I am looking for something like that as well.

    Thank you,
    Patty

    1. Hello Patty! I apologize for the delay here. The rust and cream floral pillow was from H&M a few autumns ago and unfortunately no longer available, but here are some options you may like! One / Two / Three

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