How Many Throw Pillows Should Be On A Couch?

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“How many throw pillows should be on a couch?” may well be the first decor question ever asked on the planet. Right back to when Eve was nesting and making her exclusive Garden of Eden home chic with the perfect couch, and then realised she had no idea how many pillows should go onto her couch. 

OK, that might be a little far fetched, but people have been asking the question for such a long time! Too few pillows and the couch looks kind of bare, too many and where do people sit?  

Let's take a look at some key questions to help us find out exactly how many throw pillows should be on a couch: 

How Big Are The Pillows?

The size of the pillows you use should directly relate to how big the couch is. An average size pillow (about 16 x 18 inches) will work on a standard large couch whereas little pillows would not work on a large couch. Super-size throw pillows will only really work on equally super-size furniture and will smother anything smaller.  

What's In The Throw Pillow?

If you intend to actually lean on the throw pillow, then it should be filled with something heavy and sturdy, whereas if you intend to remove it from the couch or have it just for show, it can be made of a lighter and cheaper filling like polyester.

What Shape Are The Pillows?

If you need the throw pillow to support being leant on, then you want a traditional square pillow, whereas if you want something to soften up the look of the couch then a round throw pillow could work better. In some instances a combination of shapes works really well.  

What Patterns & Colors Are You Using?

This is very individual to the person but may well affect how many throw pillows you have. For example, two matching throw pillows on a sofa could work in block color, but ideally you would have two different throw pillows for better visual impact. If you have four throw pillows you would want two block and two patterned. If you have two couches and a chair, then you will need to have an entire theme of pillows for the whole set. For example;The Gretest have several Scandinavian design pillows with similar colors, so you could incorporate these with plain color pillows across an entire couch set. Check out our blog post about what color throw pillows to choose for your couch for more ideas.

Now we have looked at the patterns, colors, shapes, filling and size of the pillows we can look at how many throw pillows should be on a couch...

How Many Throw Pillows Should Be On A Couch?

The oldest rule is to have an odd number to make the best visual impact, however, you can go for symmetrical throw pillows if you want to. Do try to have one patterned one plain, or if you have four, have them alternating pattern and plain. For example: if you have one of The Gretest Leafs on Bold colors pillows, you might want to alternate it with a plain yellow throw pillow or a plain white throw pillow.

In terms of practicality, you shouldn't have to take throw pillows off the couch to sit down. Ideally, you should be able to sit comfortably with the pillows remaining on the couch. A large couch can host about five pillows, a two seater couch looks good with three pillows or two slightly larger pillows, whilst a love seat works with one large pillow, or possibly two small ones.

All of this advice aside, don't forget that it is your choice, and only you know how you would like your sofa to look, and function. At the end of the day if you get it wrong, you can always change them, add more or move them around, that's the beauty of throw pillows!

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