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What are Couch Pillows?

By Bethany Keene
Updated May 23, 2024
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Couch pillows are small decorative pillows for a sofa or loveseat. They may also be referred to as accent pillows or throw pillows. Couch cushions are larger pillows that make up the seat and back of the couch cushion; in this instance we are referring to the smaller, extra decorative pillows.

There are different sizes and shapes of couch pillows available. If you have a larger couch, you might choose to get a few large pillows and a few smaller pillows to really make the couch look soft and inviting. You might choose some bigger, square pillows along with some smaller rounded pillows to add visual interest. On a smaller couch, you may only choose two or three couch pillows so there is still enough room to sit.

Couch pillows come in many different types of fabrics, such as polyester, suede, cotton and denim, among others. There are limitless patterns and colors available to help you coordinate the couch colors with the colors used to decorate the rest of the room. Couch pillows are also often decorated with other embellishments, which may include sequins, tassels, buttons, quilting, embroidery, or fringe.

If you would like to learn how to sew, pillows are relatively simple to make. One of your first projects could be creating new couch pillows for your home. Otherwise, accent pillows can be found in most home stores and can also be custom-ordered online.

You are not restricted to placing couch pillows just on the couch. You might also use large throw pillows on the floor as seats for kids, or put decorative pillows on a bed for more aesthetic appeal. If you coordinate these looks throughout your home, the pillows can make your house look warm and inviting.

The pillows you place on your couch do not need to match the fabric exactly. In fact, it can sometimes add more style and visual interest if the pillows do not match perfectly. You might choose pillows in a color that complements the main color of the couch, or in a color that is only accented in the couch. You could also use a different type of fabric, for example using a soft fabric pillow on a leather couch to make it more inviting.

Using pillows for decorating is a great way to soften up an otherwise austere room. They are fairly inexpensive, so they can be great for houses with kids. If you decide to change your design, pillows are easily switched out and replaced.

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