• to pillow or not to pillow?

    10.26.2007 / Miscellaneous

    One of my fave blogs, Things that Inspire (hello!), posted a VERY interesting debate stemming from Domino’s decorative pillow issue.

    Of course, I had to put in my two cents. When does one use decorative pillows, and where do you draw the line?

    Here’s my rule, for what it’s worth. Generally speaking, if you have a bed skirt that reaches down to the floor, decorative pillows are MORE than welcome. The feminity of both vignettes create an inviting bed that you just can’t resist!

    HOWEVER. If you do not have a bed skirt, or if you simply use a duvet toward the foot of the bed, decorative pillows look a bit too fussy. A sparse, minimalist bed should be kept as is rather than adding a product that may create visual dissonance.

    Here are a few pics from Domino mag that help illustrate my rule. And hey, if you love the pillows, leave ‘em. Design is all a matter of perspective, anyway!


    No bedskirt? No decorative pillows!


    Bedskirt? Decorative pillows!


    Bedskirt? Decorative pillows!


    No bedskirt? No decorative pillows!


    Bedskirt? Decorative pillows!

    • Forever Chic

      Finally, a design rule I can get behind. Simple and straightforward. I have an antique iron and brass bed with a tailored bedskirt and a six-foot-tall headboard…I like how a pair of European shams look when they’re layered behind two standard sized pillows. I don’t consider this quartet of pillows decorative, though, because they are necessary for when I lean against the headboard and read! :)

    • design for mankind.

      FC: I’m so glad you can relate to one of my fave design rules! Your bed sounds GORGEOUS!

    • vineeta

      Neat! I used to go through this thought in my head without realising its actually a debate! Interesting & works too. I totally buy yr point & the pretty pics helped illustrate it with panache. Loved the last pic :)

    • design for mankind.

      Thanks, Vineeta! I love the last one, too! :)

    • Peggy

      Thanks for solving this debate! I like your rule. Truly, I am guilty of too many pillows. Pillows help satisfy my need for textiles, and were much needed because my modern style can become cold.

      Do you by any chance know the source of the pink lamps in the second photo?

    • design for mankind.

      Peggy: Hmm, I don’t; but I’ll do my best to find out for you!

    • hi dear ur post is so good decorative pillows

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