Looking for throw pillows for a grey couch?
It took me time to learn too. The wrong pillows can be an expensive mistake. Or worse, you just keep buying more and more throw pillows, never feeling like it’s quite right yet.
We dearly love our massive grey couch (We did buy it three times in different sizes after all! Read more about that here!). But the pillows it came with flattened out over time.
Which, honestly, is okay, since a gray couch with identical grey pillows aren’t exactly poppin’ in home decor trends.
Both of these pillows in the 2 images below work together:
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3 Things To Know To Pick The Right Throw Pillows For Your Grey Couch
We all know what we like when we see it, but let me explain why it works so you can recreate it!
1. What Color Throw Pillows For a Gray Couch?
Color stumps people sometimes. One easy formula that makes it simple for a trio of 3 pillows is to pick 2 neutral pillows and add a punch of color. The color is something you are already using and love in the room!
For me, I love to use blues so that is my pop of color. Then throw in 2 neutral pillows (whites, creams, tans, or a textured gray all look nice on a grey sofa).
This means 1 color + 1 neutral + 1 neutral.
2. What Size Pillows Do I Use?
To make sizing easy, place pillows in pairs of 2s or a trio of 3s.
I love a large (24″ square), a medium (20″ square or an 18″ square), and a lumbar all as a combo together. This is the simplest way to mix pillows if you are unsure! This combo will always work on your throw pillows for your grey couch!
This means 24″ + 18″ + lumbar.
I usually stick with that.
There are other combinations that will work well if you want to mix it up. Another winning combo is a large square and a large lumbar, or just 2 large squares in a corner. This means 24″ + 24″, or 24″ + lumbar.
3. How Do I Mix Patterns?
Don’t know how to mix patterns on throw pillows for your grey couch? You can mix all sorts of patterns, but to keep it simple try this no-fail formula.
Mix 1 solid, 1 geometric (think: stripes, checkered, diamond, etc.), and 1 pattern (think: floral, paisleys; a textured pillow also works in place of a pattern).
Just remember those 3 kinds and your pillows will look great!
If you look around my house you will notice most of my pillow use this easy combo. I love stripes (that’s my geometric), a floral pillow (that’s the pattern), and a solid (bonus points if it’s textured).
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Extra Tips For Picking Throw Pillows
Where I Buy My Pillows:
My 4 favorite places to find throw pillows are:
- Serena & Lily (I sort by color here to making choosing pillows easier.)
- Home Goods if I’m lucky (they have pillows from cheap to high end- you just have to look!)
- McGee annd Co (thick – these will last you a decade!)
- Booke & Lou (I sort from low to high priced here). Brooke & Lou’s fabric is not quite as thick as some of the other shops I mentioned, but she has the BEST patterns. I appreciate her “Life Friendly” fabric!
Buy High Quality Pillow Inserts
I have spoken about this again and again- and I will still shout it from the rooftops.
Sometimes, you just can’t help putting a Target pillow in the cart. I get it.
But really- it is so, SO much better to wait and buy 1 or 2 high quality down-filled pillow inserts and pillow covers, than 3 adorable Target pillows. Your cheap poly filled pillow will sit stiff on your couch, or worse- sad and lumpy. Your high end feather insert pillow will look so much more lux on your sofa, the perfect karate chop and weight. You will get a decade of love out of a good one!
Down filled pillows stay plumped up! They don’t turn sad on you.
And what happens when your kids get the bix box store pillows all grimy? They have to be tossed. There isn’t a way to wash them.
As a firm rule, I no longer buy pillows without zippers- that feels like driving down the road throwing cash out of my minivan window. I want to be able to wash my pillow covers- or at the very least dry-clean them once a year.
Where I Buy My Pillow Inserts
For feather and down fill, I actually find Serena & Lily’s inserts to be exceptional and I don’t find them to be overpriced. They are going rate for a great insert. Just try one. I promise you, you will never go back to poly. You will be a pillow snob. It’s such a big difference.
I also like these pillow inserts on Amazon – about the same price as Serena and Lily inserts.
Make sure you buy the inserts a size bigger than your pillow! You want the over stuffed look!
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Layer your throw pillows to hide imperfections. My 75lb dog loves to sit on the back corner cushion. He looks so cute with his head hanging over it, watching us in the kitchen that I’m not even mad about it. (And he isn’t even supposed to be on the couch!)
But that back cushion is now slightly smushed, while the others still look perky and full. I always layer a large pillow in that corner and you can’t even see that it is smushed. Large throw pillows will cover up any worn-out areas of your sofa for you!
I have 12 navy throw pillows rounded up that would look great on a grey couch. These are all navy pillows that I own or would happily buy- and they would look great together. Head here to see all 12 of the pillows.
Picking the right throw pillows can make-or-break a room. Your throw pillows should highlight other colors you are using in the room, and reflect a cohesive and designer look for the whole space.
Is the room cozy and well put together? Or cold and blah? Throw pillows can be the deciding factor.
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