ReDESIGNS by Ava: Pillow Talk

“There are no set rules for arranging bed pillows. Anything goes but I think one’s personality comes into pillow play. Some people are messy, some are neat. Some like exact order, some like a certain trendy look, some don’t want to be bothered. But, if you’re design conscious, bed pillows are that little extra luxury that make a bed so inviting and alluring.” ~ Cathy for HomeGoods

January can be cold and dreary in this part of North Carolina. Having a cozy warm bed can not only bring warmth to your body, but also to your home. Most all beds are made up with pillows to sleep on but adding decorative pillows are “that little extra luxury that make a bed so inviting and alluring.” I happen to be a person that likes some order in the arrangement of the pillows on our bed (see photo). My husband and I can make our bed up in less than 2 minutes. There are 3 Euros, 2 shams and an accent pillow, plus the duvet folded across the foot of the bed.

How many pillows do you need to have a decorative look? The number depends on the “decorative look” you are trying to achieve. There is a reason they are called “throw pillows” and you don’t want to have too many and have no place to put them when you get ready to go to bed. You certainly don’t want to trip over pillows on the way to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

The bed is the focal point of your bedroom. Decide on the look you want to achieve. There are many ways to arrange the pillows. You can stack, prop, mix sizes, add different shapes, be symmetrical or just do your own thing. If you ever shop Pottery Barn, their bed displays look anything but planned. I do love the look but realize it isn’t for everyone.


  • Use largest pillows in the back; smallest pillows in the front.
  • Decorative pillows can be used in front to tie the colors all together.
  • If using numerous pillows, use a limited color palette so that the look is not overwhelming.
  • Vary the sizes and shades of color of the pillows, and use different textures to add interest to the pillow grouping.