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Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk by Linen + Orchid

Using the right pillows for your decor


Are you a pillow LOVER like me? If you’re looking to update your décor, the best and least expensive way to accomplish this is by adding decorative pillows to your home’s interiors. It not only changes the mood of a room but can also help make the space feel inviting and comfortable.

I love to collect pillows and the texture of the fabric is very important to me. As a designer it’s one of my favorite accent pieces that I enjoy using when styling a home. So, if you’re not sure what size or how many to use here are some simple tips that you can apply when decorating your home perfectly, and as a bonus I will give you a link to a FREE Pillow Guide Cheat Sheet.

Pillow decor on sectional

Sofas, Chairs or Benches

Layering your pillows in groups of two to three is a tried true and tested technique. Start with the largest size pillow in the back and two smaller size pillows towards the front. I recommend to go one size down from your largest size pillow.

When mixing different patterns, make sure you add solid colors and different textures like linen, polyester blends and woven materials to help add interest and dimension to the overall design.

  • 22” To 24” Pillow At The Back

  • Layer Smaller 20” To 22” Pillow In Front

  • Or Choose To Layer With Lumbar In Front

Custom Pillows by Linen + Orchid


Sectional sofas can sometimes be tricky to style. I’ve found that two to three layers of pillows on each corner with a lumbar in between looks balance and most appealing to the eyes.

It's best to also measure the seating heigh of your sofa and add 3 to 5 inches to get your optimal pillow size.

Living Room Design

  • 22” To 24” Pillow In Corner

  • 20” To 22” Pillows On Sides

  • Layer With Smaller Pillows Or Lumbars


Master Bedroom
Photo by: Legacy Home

Making your bed completes the room setting your day off on the right foot. When you want your bed to look luxurious, plush, and inviting for you and your guest; the final touch on any well-made bed is an arrangement of pillows pulling the whole look together (much as accessories complete an outfit).

I'm a maximalist when it comes to dressing a bed. I start with three European square pillows lined up in a row against the back, placing the shams in front of those (three across if they’re standard size; two if they’re kings), and then bring in a pop of pattern with decorative pillows in the front.

Twin Beds

  • Twin: Single Lumbar

  • Or 22” Pillow With A Lumbar

Full Beds

  • Two 24” Pillows

  • Layer With A Lumbar

  • Or Layer With 20” Pillow

Queen & King Beds

  • Start With Two 24” Pillows

  • Layer With A Lumbar

  • Or Layer With A 20” Pillow And A Lumbar

Janet Campbell

Pillow Inserts

When you are deciding on which type of pillow insert you should use, choosing the right material and fill is just as important. It also makes a significant difference in the appearance of the pillows.

Quick Tip: If you have allergies, be sure to choose premium hypoallergenic pillow inserts, preferably with 100% cotton fill and performance fabric.

Regardless of your feelings about the look of a "karate chop" pillow, down inserts will create the soft, cozy, fluffy look that you’re after.

  • Down Fill: The most luxe of all fill types, down is warm, light, and a top-notch insulator.

  • Down-Alternative: Created with synthetic or natural fibers to mimic the feel of down, these pillows are hypoallergenic and tend to be more economical than down.

  • Memory Foam: A thick, sponge-like material that molds itself around the contours of your head and neck.

For more inspiration and guidance check out my FREE Pillow Guide Cheat Sheet.

Photography: Melissa Delorme

Designs: Linen + Orchid


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