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While partnering with Braunohler Design Associates on the Residences at Eastern Market in DC, Josh Hildreth Interiors conceived the library (above) as a “collected” room for a world traveler. In his pillow selections, Hildreth took inspiration from handmade textiles and vintage fabrics in colors reflected in the artwork on display. Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Pillow Talk

Designers offer insights to up your cushion quotient

Pillows are the jewelry in a room. I prefer 75-percent feather/25-percent down for a soft pillow that holds its shape. In groupings, I like larger pillows with small prints behind smaller ones with large prints. I avoid hyper-matched patterns. Antique textiles or artist-made weaves are sensational.

—Josh Hildreth, Josh Hildreth Interiors

Pillows can make or break a room, providing the color impact that ties an entire space together. When selecting sizes, keep scale in mind. And don’t be afraid of shapes, like a ball or lumbar pillow to break up the squares on a sectional or bed.

—Britt Devereaux, Interior Concepts, Inc.

On a couch, I typically layer a 22-inch square with a smaller square in two complementary patterns. The front pillow is the statement piece. Try fringe, tassels or roping, and explore patterns you might not use on large-scale furniture. Don’t select materials that are too similar to your couch fabric.

—Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, LEED AP, CAS, Purple Cherry Architects

The key to accent pillows is to employ different scales, patterns and textures while maintaining some symmetry. We usually use two pillows of the same size and layer a smaller size or lumbar in front. We add interest with unusual shapes or embellished trims.

—Melanie Whittington, Whittington Design Studio

Pillows are an opportunity to splurge on luxurious textiles or incorporate a bit of whimsy. Consider texture, as it elevates a space. We introduce texture through fabric or trim.

—Jamie Merida, Jamie Merida Interiors

Sarita Simpson and Jason Claire, Interior Matter

Laura Fox, Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC

Laura Hildebrandt, Interiors by LH, LLC

Barbara Hawthorn, Barbara Hawthorn Interiors

Bonnie Ammon, Bonnie Ammon Interiors


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