Need an easy guide to throw pillow combinations in 2024? In this post you will find curated pillow sets for any budget. Pillows add coziness to any room are an affordable way to refresh your space. Scroll down for perfect pillow pairings to match your decor style, including cottage, moody, coastal, floral, neutral, and modern throw pillow combinations. Finally, keep reading for pillow set styling ideas and inspiration photos!

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Let’s get started with six different throw pillow combinations to match your decor style! Each pillow set has a budget and investment grouping, so you can decide if you would rather save or splurge.

1. Cozy Cottage Pillow Combinations

These modern cottage pillow sets include classic florals and stripes to help create an elevated yet cozy space.

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Splurge pillows: floral, plaid, gray silk, floral, mauve

Budget pillows: gray, check, floral, dark green, embroidered, beige

2. Moody Textured Pillow Sets

Secondly, if you prefer darker tones and lots of texture, check out these pillow pairings!

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Splurge pillows: green stripe, black floral, beige silk, silk tassel, olive

Budget pillows: frayed lumbar, brown texture, green stripe, olive, stripe

3. Feminine Floral Pillow Combinations

Thirdly, these floral and embroidered throw pillow sets are perfect for a feminine look.

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Splurge pillows: mauve, brown floral, stripe, plaid, cream floral, burgundy floral

Budget pillows: stripe, beige texture, scalloped, coral, daisies, reddish brown

4. Classic Coastal Pillow Sets

Try out these coastal pillow combinations to create a relaxed, seaside vibe.

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Splurge pillows: beige pattern, tassel, blue print, stripe, blue texture, blue floral

Budget pillows: blue floral, stripe, tassel, white, beige pattern, blue

5. Earthy Neutral Pillow Combinations

Warm gray and brown throw pillow sets are great for an earthy and neutral space.

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Splurge pillows: tassel silk, bronze, lumbar, gray stripe, beige stripe

Budget pillows: windowpane, dark brown, floral, lumbar, cream, brown

6. Modern Minimalist Pillow Sets

Finally, check out these striped and textured neutral pillow combinations for a modern minimalist look.

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Splurge pillows: tassel silk, plaid, dark brown, beige silk, lumbar

Budget pillows: dark brown, boucle, woven stripe, gray, fringe

How to Style Throw Pillow Sets

I will answer some common questions about pillow combinations below, but be sure to check out my post about Arranging Throw Pillows for a more in depth guide!

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How do you group throw pillows together?

Try creating groupings of two or three pillows each for couch or sectional pillow sets. For a couch, put one grouping at each end. For a sectional, put an additional grouping in the corner.

throw pillow set with mauve striped pillow, floral pillow, and solid blue pillow

How do you mix and match pillow patterns?

Secondly, I like to choose a color palette and follow the formula solid + stripe + floral. If you do not like florals, try a geometric pattern or textured pillow. Mixing small and large patterns will prevent the patterns from competing. For example, think of one pattern as the star of the show, and the others as supporting actors.

How do you make throw pillow sets look good?

The key to making your throw pillows look fluffy and getting that “karate chop” designer look is to use feather down pillow inserts. I like these for 20″ pillow covers and these for all different sizes. In addition, for extra fluffy pillows size up when ordering inserts!

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How many throw pillows should be on a couch?

This will depend on the look you are trying to achieve. Try symmetrical pillows (one or two per side of the couch) for a more traditional look. On the other hand, try a variety of different pillows (up to three per side, with the largest in the back) for a more cozy and lived in look.

How many pillows should be on a sectional?

For a sectional pillow set, I like to style three groupings: one on each end, and one in the corner of the sectional. Try six pillows total for a small sectional, and nine pillows total for a large sectional.

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How many pillows should be on a full or queen bed?

Three or five pillows work for a queen bed pillow set. Try styling two large decorative pillows (24″ or 26″) at the back. Finish the look one of two ways: with one smaller pillow in the front (20″ or 22″) or with two smaller pillows and a lumbar at the front.

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How many pillows should be on a king bed?

Five or six pillows work for a king bed pillow combination. Typically it is best to start with three large decorative pillows (24″ or 26″) at the back. Finish the look with either two smaller pillows (20″ or 22″) or with two smaller pillows and a long lumbar.

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

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  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

    1. Hello Melissa! I use the paid version of Canva 🙂

  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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