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We all know that when decorating a room, the cheapest way to change the look is through accessories. You can add color, texture and even pattern by adding a few modern pillows. Pillows can instantly make a sofa feel warmer, add color to a chair and create a pretty haven in a bedroom. And being one of the least expensive elements in a room, you will spend way less than replacing a piece of furniture.
The modern sofa (above) would have looked a little lonely without those awesome patterned pillows.
I love how the designer of this room (above) picked up the color palette from the rug and added that palette to the pillows on this sofa. It looks playful and fun yet still feels sophisticated. The mix of patterns also creates an extra cool look.
This leather sofa (above) is already a fantastic piece without any help. These two pillows add a little bit of dimension and depth to this cozy, masculine room. They also helped maintain the monochromatic palette, which creates a very mature space.
If you're tired of your bedding, switch out your shams and add a few new throw pillows. You’ll feel like you got a new bed set! When deciding on how many pillows you should display on a bed, don’t go overboard. Display a few pillows that add that “wow” factor.
Here are a few pillows that would add greatness to any room.
Infinity Black Multilines 18" Square Down Throw Pillow
Surya 18" Square Cumin Yellow Throw Pillow
Shock 20" Square Blue and Beige Stripe Throw Pillow
Mirabelle Sky Blue Burst Set of 2 Safavieh Accent Pillows
Infinity Metallic Silver Links 18" Square Down Throw Pillow
Images: Alvhem, Bloesem, La Maison d’ Anna G, Bliss.
I’ve been more than a little obsessed with finding the “perfect” desk chair. As I pin away looking for workspace inspiration I’m constantly asking myself “could I see myself sitting in that chair?” Because everyone knows, a modern chair is the key to any stylish home office.
That’s why I decided to pick my favorite office chairs I’d put in my very own workspace. These three options will have you inspired while you’re working.
Zuo Anime Transparent Modern Set of 4 Dining Chairs
There are tons of styles to choose from – modern, traditional, a regular desk chair – you get my drift.
Pascal White Plastic Side Chairs
It’s high time we jazz things up in your office space and all of these options will do the trick.
Wishbone Y Natural Wood Side Chairs
I hope one of these options strikes your fancy and has you wanting to update your space.
Images: Desire to Inspire, Style at Home, Dwell
Cool + Collected is our regular Friday post covering modern lifestyle topics from around the globe. You'll find everything from design icon biographies to modern art, photography and architectural surprises. And of course modern design!
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Oh, ikat. It's the one trendy pattern that still, after all this time, I still can't get enough of. Among those of us who love modern design, there's no room this pattern doesn't make better.
Maybe it's because there are so many different color variations and patterns within the designation of ikat that no matter what your style, the room type, or mood, there's probably an ikat to fit the occasion.
I'm loving the simple pops of ikat in the bedroom (top image) which is perfectly brought in with throw pillows, as well as the dramatic upholstery job on the dining chairs (above). And stunning chandeliers never hurt the modern design of any space!
ESL has you covered if you're in the market for a little dash of ikat, from lamp shades to pillows. Here are a few of my favorite pillows.
1. Tribal Ikat Canvas Pillow 2. Leopard Print Ikat Pillow 3. Butterfly Ikat Canvas Pillow 4. Chevron Ikat Canvas Pillow 5. Kite Square Ikat Pillow 6. Bardot Tribal
Images: A. Malson Interior Design, Dawna Jones Design, LRI Designs, Cynthia Lynn Photography
I am a huge advocate for adding color to a modern living room. Monochromatic rooms can be ultra cool but there is something so lively about color. Especially when added to a clean crisp neutral space. One color that tends to be overlooked is purple. It’s a hard hue to mix other colors with and can sometimes feel too bold. Lately I’ve been seeing this royal color appear in some fantastic spaces. The key is to add splashes of purple. Too much can look too... well, purpley.
Above we see a modern space with a great art wall and bench seating. In the midst of other bold colors, the purple rug looks cool and youthful.
This sofa is adorned with pretty purple pillows to add just a touch of this color. We also see a purple amethyst piece on the coffee table that works effortlessly with the pillows. Cream and purple are a dynamic duo! Decorative pillows are a great way to add color to a room.
If you want to go a little more permanent with the color purple, try painting a half wall in a soft version of the hue. This room is full of neutral pieces so the purple is allowed to pop. A great color combo is lavender and green, as you can see (above).
If you are really unsure about using this color and worried that you might get weary of it too soon, take a clue from this room and try it out with one single pale purple pillow. It might be all of the purple that you need or want.
Images: Desire To Inspire, Design* Sponge, Residence Magazine, April and May.
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