Pillow Arranging Ideas for Cozy and Stylish Homes

When it comes to pillow arranging ideas, the possibilities are endless and can truly transform a space. By incorporating a bit of imagination and taking care to consider the details, you can turn your home into an inviting retreat that is both stylish and comfortable.

In this blog post, we will explore various ways to maximize pillow arrangements on beds for both aesthetic appeal and functionality. We'll also delve into creating cozy couch looks with pillows arranging ideas that make lounging even more enjoyable.

For those who love spending time in rocking chairs, we have some unique pillow arranging ideas just for you. Additionally, mixing and matching patterns is an art form in itself – one that we'll help you master as well!

Last but not least, our expert tips and tricks will ensure your pillow arrangement endeavors result in stunning displays throughout your home. So let's dive into the world of decorative pillows together!

Pillow arranging ideasThis bed features two Gettysburg Mustard shams, one 20' Nantucket black pillow and two 16' mustard throw pillows.

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Maximize Pillow Arrangements on Beds

Learn how to arrange pillows of various sizes and shapes on beds for a cozy, primitive country look. From sleeping pillows to decorative ones, there are countless ways to create an inviting atmosphere in your master bedroom. In this section, we'll discuss some pillow arranging ideas on queen size beds and other bed sizes.

Sleeping Pillows: The Foundation

The first step in arranging pillows is laying the foundation with your bed pillows. Place two standard-sized sleeping pillows at the head of your queen bed, either against the wall or in front of a headboard. 

For a queen bed, you will typically use two standard-sized pillows side by side. A king bed might use three standard-sized pillows or two king-sized pillows. 

Perhaps you have always thought you wouldn't want your sleeping pillows to show. Let me encourage you that even your regular pillows can be a decorative addition to the head of your bed. 

Yes, that's right!

Here at the quilt shop we have over 100 decorative pillow case options for you to choose from. We have plaids, stripes, checks and neutral solids. Check out our pillow cases to see if we carry a color and style that would work for you.

Ninepatch star pillow casesNinepatch Star standard size pillow cases are shown on this bed with matching quilt. 

Euro Shams: Adding Height and Structure

Euro shams are large square pillow covers that add height and structure to your arrangement. Place two or three Euro shams directly behind your bed pillows, depending on the width of your bed. This creates a backdrop for additional decorative pillows while also providing extra support when sitting up in bed. 

When using our Euro shams you will want a pillow fill that is either 26x26' or 27x27'. Both sizes work well. Several years ago I purchased Euro fill pillows from Kohls to use in our bedroom and they have held up very nicely.

Sawyer Mill euro shamsThis shows an example of our Sawyer Mill charcoal fabric euro shams

Throw Pillows: Ideas for Decorative Styles

  • Bolster Pillows: Add a bolster (cylindrical) cushions as an accent.
  • Rectangular Lumbar Pillows: Use one lumbar pillow centered between Euro shams as an alternative focal point.
  • Vary Sizes & Shapes: Mix different sized square and rectangular throw cushions along with bolsters for added interest.
  • Pillow Layering: Layer smaller accent pillows over larger ones using contrasting colors and patterns.

Arranging Pillows on Smaller Beds

If you have a smaller bed, such as a twin or full size, you can still create an appealing pillow arrangement. 

Start with one sleeping pillow for a twin bed or two for a full-size bed. Use only one Euro sham behind the sleeping pillows to save space while maintaining structure. Then add decorative pillows in various sizes and shapes according to your preference.

No matter the size of your bed, arranging pillows thoughtfully will elevate your bedroom's primitive country style and make it feel even more inviting. Experiment with different combinations until you find the perfect look that suits both your taste and comfort needs. 

twin bed farmhouse star quiltLisa, one of our customers uses the Farmhouse Star twin quilt in her guest room.

You can see she chose to use one sleeping pillow with a standard sham propped in front for a clean and simple headboard. 

When using a day bed, you could choose to layer your pillows along the length of the bed. This makes it feel a lot like a couch and it's ready for comfortable napping at any time! We love the pillow arranging ideas featured on this day bed. 

Day bed pillow arranging ideasTwo rows of pillows are shown here along with an extra quilted throw and lamb pillow in a nearby basket.

Double bed with pillows shams and accent pillowsJodie from SC used two Millsboro quilted standard shams in front of two ruffled standard shams.

I like the way her light colored accent bed pillows and ivory pip berry wreath help tie everything together with her painted doors and trim.

Maximizing pillow arrangements on beds is a great way to add texture and style to your bedroom. Careful thought of proportions, shades, and designs can make a captivating display that will surely wow your overnight guests. Creating a cozy couch look with pillows allows for even more creative possibilities as there are many different ways in which they can be arranged.

Create a Cozy Couch Look with Pillows

Discover how to use pillows to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere on your couch or sofa. Arranging pillows can be an art form, but it doesn't have to be complicated. With the right combination of decorative pillows, regular throw pillows, and euro shams, you can transform any living room into a cozy haven that reflects your personal style.

Pillow Size and Shape Combinations

When arranging pillows on your couch or sofa, consider using various sizes and shapes for visual interest. A popular approach is mixing large square cushions with smaller square or rectangular ones. Here's an example pillow arrangement:

  1. Place two large euro shams at each end of the couch.
  2. Add two 18' or 20' pillows in front of the euro shams.
  3. Finish off by placing one or two square or rectangle decorative pillows in front.

You can also choose to go really simple and only use two pillows. Placing one pillow at each end of the couch.

Used here are two 16' quilted pillows and one of our Gettysburg navy throws.

Mix Patterns and Colors

To achieve an aesthetically pleasing look, try combining patterns and colors that coordinate with each other while still creating a unified effect. For instance, if you have a floral-patterned pillow on one side of your queen bed in the master bedroom, try adding some solid-colored throw blankets nearby for balance. You could also mix plaids and checks with more subtle designs like small vintage floral or vine prints. 

Check out our collection of primitive country-inspired pillows for inspiration. When you see all of the options we carry you might even come up with some of your own original pillow arranging ideas.

Create Layers for Depth

To make your seating area even cozier, don't hesitate to layer up. Place soft throws or blankets on the couch, and drape them over the back or arms of your sofa. This not only adds warmth but also gives depth to your arrangement. Then, layer a coordinating pillow or two in front of the throw. 

couch pillows This customer used a 20' pillow and a 16' pillow on each end of her couch with a matching throw in the center.

Our woven throws and matching pillows from Pine Creek are some of my favorites for this look. We have several styles. Gettysburg and Nantucket are just two options.

Consider Functionality

While decorative pillows can be beautiful, don't forget about their practical side. Ensure that you have enough soft bedding pillows handy in case any visitors might want to doze off on your sofa. Also, consider adding euro shams with removable covers that can be easily washed when needed.

With these tips in mind, you'll be well on your way to creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere in any living space using primitive country-inspired pillow arrangements. 

We hope you find decorating to be as fun as we do! 

Creating a cozy couch look with pillows is an easy way to instantly transform your living space into a warm and inviting atmosphere. Now, let's explore how you can create beautiful pillow arrangements for rocking chairs.

Rocking Chair Pillow Arranging Ideas

Rocking chairs are a staple in many homes, especially those with a primitive country style. They offer comfort and relaxation while also serving as an attractive piece of furniture. To enhance the look and feel of your rocking chair, consider incorporating decorative pillows into the mix. 

Here are some pillow arranging ideas for on rocking chairs to create a unique and inviting atmosphere:

A Single Statement Pillow

If you prefer simplicity, opt for one large statement pillow that complements your primitive country decor. Choose a design that stands out against the color or pattern of your rocking chair cushion, making it an eye-catching focal point.

Accent pillow on rocking chairThis rocking chair in our retail shop features the Nantucket navy throw with a Nantucket cranberry 16' pillow

Bolster or Lumbar Pillows for Added Comfort

Bolster pillows can provide additional support to make sitting in your rocking chair even more comfortable. We carry some smaller and larger rectangle pillows that might work well for lumbar support. 

I like to use a couple small rectangle pillows on the rocking chair we have in one of our guest rooms. The guest room has a crib that works perfectly for when grandkids are visiting. My husband and I have taken many turns with littles in the rocking chair. 

The extra lumbar size pillows come in real handy at 2 am! 

Pillow Size Considerations

Smaller chairs may only accommodate one or two smaller pillows.  Larger chairs might be able handle multiple pillows or even a combination of throw pillows. Be sure to measure your rocking chair before purchasing new decorative pillows to ensure they fit properly.

No matter which method you choose, arranging decorative pillows inspired by primitive country style on your rocking chair will add charm and comfort to any room in your home.

home sweet home pillow on rockerThis cute rocking chair photo is from our customer, Scynthia. 

She says 'This is the exact thing I was looking for. Perfect size and color for what I was wanting.' Even adding one small pillow to your chair can make it feel cozy and look inviting.

With the right combination of colors and textures, rocking chair pillow arrangements can create a cozy atmosphere in any room. To take it to the next level, consider mixing and matching different patterns for an eclectic look that will be sure to impress.

Mix and Match Pillow Patterns

Find out how to combine different patterns and colors of pillows for an eye-catching display in your home.

Mixing and matching pillow patterns can be a fun way to add personality, charm, and visual interest to your primitive country decor. However, it's essential to strike the right balance between coordinating styles without creating chaos or clashing designs. Here are some tips on how you can successfully mix and match decorative pillows:

Start with a Color Palette

Choose a color palette that complements the overall theme of your room. It's best to stick with two or three main colors when mixing patterns so that everything looks cohesive. Consider things like wall color, quilts or throws, and rugs or curtains.

Here are some examples of color combinations that our customer enjoy:

  • Black + burgundy + mustard
  • Burgundy + navy + tan
  • Black + tan + creme

Mix & Match Patterns and Colors

  • Coordinate with other textiles: When selecting patterns for your decorative pillows, try coordinating them with other fabrics in the room such as quilted throws, curtains or area rugs.
  • Add pops of color: Use colorful accent pillows to brighten up neutral-toned rooms without overwhelming the space.
  • Vary textures: Mix different materials like cotton, linen, or burlap together for added visual interest and texture contrast within your arrangement.

Mix Different Pattern Scales

  • Large-scale patterns: These create a bold statement but should be used sparingly - perhaps as one focal point among smaller prints.

An example would be our Buffalo Check Black pillows or Pine Grove fabric euro. These are very popular. Some people might feel that to have several in one room could be too much.

Pine Grove euro sham on couchThank you Beth from @shady_pines3interiors for this porch picture featuring our Pine Grove euro sham and quilt.

  • Medium-scale patterns: These work well as secondary accents in combination with larger prints or more subtle small-scale designs.

This might be a good time to throw in a patchwork pillow or larger plaids.

patriotic throw pillows on benchThis photo shows small scale plaids, medium scale patchwork patterns and themed pillows all grouped together. 

  • Small-scale patterns: Small prints like gingham checks, stripes, or vintage prints help tie together bolder pattern choices. This way you can add texture without overwhelming the space. 

These could include smaller plaid patterns like Patriotic Patch or checks like burgundy or black check

Sawyer mil red ticking stripe pillowOur Sawyer Mill red ticking stripe pillow is showcased here on this bench.

  • Themed patterns: To help make it more personal pick out a pillow that compliments your theme. Maybe you live on a farm and love tractors or farm animals. Or, maybe you enjoy changing your pillows our for each season. 

If so, we've got pillows for Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. When you add in seasonal or themed options the pillow arranging ideas are practically unlimited.

family pillow on rockerShown here is the 14x22' Sawyer Mill Red family pillow featured with the Nantucket cranberry woven coverlet collection.

This 'family' themed pillow is an awesome compliment to the bedroom setting we have staged in our retail shop. 

You can also incorporate solid-colored pillows alongside printed ones for visual relief from busy designs. This helps highlight specific elements within each patterned piece. 

For example, pairing a large floral print euro sham with solid bed pillows creates contrast. It also allows both pieces' unique characteristics to shine through.

Don't forget about texture. Mixing different textures like velvet, linen, or faux fur can add depth and warmth to your pillow arrangement.

Experiment with Pillow Shapes & Sizes

Don't be scared to try out diverse forms and measurements of pillows. This creates a visually intriguing effect while providing you with the opportunity to experiment with various pattern combinations. For example, a large square pillow in a bold print can be paired with smaller rectangular sleeping pillows featuring coordinating patterns or colors for an eye-catching display on a queen size bed.

Extra small pillows can be fun to include in your arrangements as well. We carry several 12' square pillows and a few 10' pillows that can be displayed in the front as you are layering various larger size pillows. 

I like to tuck small pillows like these in some of my hutch or cupboards too. It adds soft texture to my dishes or other home decor items. 

small pillows tucked on hutch shelfThis hutch features a group of three 12' Heritage Farms pillows.

Trust Your Instincts

Ultimately, the key to successfully mixing and matching decorative pillows is trusting your instincts. If something feels off or doesn't look quite right, don't hesitate to make adjustments until you're satisfied with the result. 

Remember that decorating should be fun! 

We hope you enjoy experimenting with different pillow arranging ideas until you find one that perfectly captures your unique style. 

Marrying together distinct pillow patterns can be an excellent method to bring vibrancy, texture and uniqueness to any space. By utilizing these pointers, you can craft a pillow configuration that will bring your interior design to the next level. Next up we'll look at some helpful tricks for arranging pillows so they look their best.

Pillow Arranging Tips & Tricks

Gaining insight into the best techniques for arranging pillows in your home can make a significant impact on your overall decor. In this section, we'll provide some helpful hints and advice to assist you in pillow arranging ideas with a professional touch.

Use Euro Shams as Backdrops

Euro shams are large square pillow covers that add height and dimension to any bed arrangement, especially on queen size beds or larger. Place them behind decorative throw pillows to create depth and visual interest in your master bedroom.

Mix Sizes and Shapes

  • To create an engaging display of decorative pillows, use various sizes such as standard squares, rectangles (lumbar), bolsters (cylindrical), or even round shapes.
  • This mix adds texture while also making it easy to rearrange when needed.
  • You can place smaller accent cushions at the forefront of arrangements for added charm.

Layer Your Pillows Strategically

In both couches and beds alike, consider using odd numbers of pillows for a more visually appealing arrangement. For example, on a king bed, you might use three euro shams followed by two king-sized quilted shams and one square decorative pillow and one rectangle pillow in the front. 

If you prefer traditional symmetry that's OK too. Here are few ways I have found to add variety with the pillows on our headboard. The bottom line is that you are the one who needs to like it. 

In each of these pictures below I started by using three Kettle Grove euro shams in the back next to the headboard with the Maisie Patch king shams in front of the Euros.

pillow arranging ideas for king headboardIn this photo I added one 18' Maisie patchwork pillow in the very front.

king headboard pillow arranging ideasHere I used three throw pillows with one of them being a themed hooked sheep pillow.

bedding pillow arranging ideasThis time I added a 20' Gettysburg black pillow and a small 12' Ninepatch star throw pillow.

I could have added another 10 pictures of various ways to change up the look of my headboard. You have so many options when it comes to layering and enjoying your pillows! Have fun with it!

Don't Be Afraid to Experiment

Finally, remember that there are no strict rules when it comes to arranging pillows. Try various configurations to discover the arrangement that best reflects your primitive country style and suits your space. You can even switch things up seasonally or as your taste evolves over time.

With these pillow arranging ideas in mind, you'll be well on your way to creating beautiful pillow arrangements throughout your home that showcase your unique primitive country style. For more ideas, check out our selection of decorative pillows that will complement any room in your home.

FAQs in Relation to Pillow Arranging Ideas

What is the Best Way to Arrange Pillows?

The best way to arrange pillows depends on your personal style and preferences. Generally, start with larger square or rectangular pillows at the back, followed by smaller decorative ones in front. Layering different sizes, shapes, and textures creates visual interest and depth. 

How Do You Arrange Pillows on a Bed for Reading?

To create a comfortable pillow arrangement for reading in bed, place two large Euro-sized (26x26 inches) square pillows against the headboard as support. Then add one or two standard-size sleeping pillows in front of them for extra cushioning. Optionally include a small lumbar pillow or bolster for additional lower back support.

Do Pillow Shams Go in Front or Behind?

Pillow shams typically go behind your regular sleeping pillows but in front of any larger decorative cushions like Euro-sized squares. This positioning showcases their design while still allowing easy access to functional pillows when it's time for bed.

How Do I Choose a Pillow Combination?

To choose an appealing pillow combination:

  1. Select colors that complement your bedding and room decor.
  2. Mix patterns such as florals with geometrics.
  3. Vary textures like velvet with linen.
  4. Combine different shapes and sizes to create visual interest.


Now that you have some great pillow arranging ideas, it's time to put them into action! Whether you're looking to maximize your bed's potential with a variety of sleeping and decorative pillows or create a cozy couch look with different patterns and textures, these tips and tricks will help you achieve the perfect arrangement. Don't forget about rocking chairs too - they can be spruced up with some carefully placed throw pillows.

Remember, mixing and matching pillow patterns is key to creating visual interest in any room. And if you need more inspiration or guidance, check out our collection of high-quality decorative pillows at Primitive Star Quilt Shop.

Ready to start arranging your pillows? Visit Primitive Star Quilt Shop for all your pillow needs!