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How to Layer Pillows on Your Bed

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Ready for a quick change in your bedroom? Use colorful pillows to make a fresh statement. Here are SmithHönig’s tips and tricks for layering like a pro – from a minimal splash of seasonal color to mixing it up like a seasoned maximalist.


You can stack, prop, or combine the two. Start with your sleeping pillows, either propped against the headboard, or stacked, then layer on a large base pillow. Here, we’ve started with our Luxe pillows in Navy Velvet.

The contrasting welt provides a great jumping off point for choosing your next layer of pattern and color. This particular version of The Luxe velvet pillow features welting in SmithHönig’s Navajo Road fabric, a mix of purples, pinks, black and the slightest hint of orange.


Your wall color, trim and furniture will help determine your next layer, should you decide that more is more.. Choose sets of two for a formal look, or add in a third accent pattern. Here’s one of our favorite combinations for The Luxe in Navy.

For even more drama, add SmithHönig’s large, one of a kind pillow made from a vintage textile. We love it mixed with velvet Shibori pillows!

For a softer, more organic look, use a pair of the Savanna Morning pillows, shown here.

And if you want to layer things up, choose from among the following options: The Luxe Velvet pillow with Bakuba Lodge welt in brown, the signature Savanna Morning pillow, and Neela Blue. For even more max, add a couple of Cowrie Shell Tassels (they look great clipped on our velvet pillows!)

Add baskets and a cosy, faux fur throw to complete the look.


If you prefer a more casual look, go for asymmetry and a more diverse mix of patterns, as shown below. This look features our Fallen Angel pillow, as well as our banded pillows (The Grand) in Forest.

Next up, it’s one of our edgiest patterns, Vintage Gypsum, a riff on peeling paint and colorful graffiti. Also available as fabric, Vintage Gypsum is also featured on a number of our large velvet pillows. The pattern pairs with almost everything, and makes a luxurious, high design statement.


Here, we’ve gone less formal, adding a mix of solids and geometrics atop our sleep stack. We also love how the clean lines of the light-colored fabric headboard add softness and sophistication to the room.

SmithHönig’s signature Moroccan Knot wallpaper coordinates beautifully with the Thread Bare velvet pillow, shown here mixed with solids and wide stripes.

Side note — the outdoor version of Thread Bare was recently featured in HGTV Magazine, and the editor’s picks for coordinates show just how versatile this pattern is.

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