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How to Layer Pillows on Your Bed

How to Layer Pillows on Your Bed

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.

Learn how to layer pillows on your bed from designers Kellie Smith and Melanie Hönig. Get creative and layer pillows in on your bed!
  • The Luxe - Square Navy with Navajo Road Welt
    The Luxe – Square Navy with Navajo Road Welt
  • Peel and Stick Wallpaper - Bryony Storm / Noir
    Peel and Stick Wallpaper – Bryony Storm / Noir
  • Native Tribal Fabric by the Yard - Exclusively by SmithHönig
    Fabric by the Yard – Navajo Road / Roseate

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.

Learn how to layer pillows on your bed from designers Kellie Smith and Melanie Hönig. Get creative and layer pillows in on your bed!

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!

Learn how to layer pillows on your bed from designers Kellie Smith and Melanie Hönig. Get creative and layer pillows in on your bed!

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

Learn how to layer pillows on your bed from designers Kellie Smith and Melanie Hönig. Get creative and layer pillows in on your bed!
  • Cowrie Shell Tassel - Blush
    Cowrie Shell Tassel – Blush
  • Velvet Pillow - Luxury Vegan - Savanna Morning
    Velvet Pillow – Luxury Vegan – Savanna Morning
  • Peel and Stick Wallpaper - Bakuba Lodge / Kola
    Peel and Stick Wallpaper – Bakuba Lodge / Kola

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!)

Learn how to layer pillows on your bed from designers Kellie Smith and Melanie Hönig. Get creative and layer pillows in on your bed!

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.

Learn how to layer pillows on your bed from designers Kellie Smith and Melanie Hönig. Get creative and layer pillows in on your bed!

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.

Learn how to layer pillows on your bed from designers Kellie Smith and Melanie Hönig. Get creative and layer pillows in on your bed!
  • The Luxe - Square Navy with Vintage Gypsum Welt
    The Luxe – Square Navy with Vintage Gypsum Welt
  • The Luxe - Square Golden with Vintage Gypsum Welt
    The Luxe – Square Golden with Vintage Gypsum Welt
  • Peel and Stick Wallpaper - Vintage Gypsum / Verde
    Peel and Stick Wallpaper – Vintage Gypsum / Verde

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

Learn how to layer pillows on your bed from designers Kellie Smith and Melanie Hönig. Get creative and layer pillows in on your bed!
  • Cowrie Shell Tassel - Azure
    Cowrie Shell Tassel – Azure
  • Velvet Pillow - Luxury Vegan - Thread Bare
    Velvet Pillow – Luxury Vegan – Thread Bare
  • Moroccan Knot Wallpaper
    Peel and Stick Wallpaper – Moroccan Knot / Asilah

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.

Learn how to layer pillows on your bed from designers Kellie Smith and Melanie Hönig. Get creative and layer pillows in on your bed!

YES – many of our patterns come in both indoor and outdoor fabrics! How will you layer your bedroom?

Learn how to layer pillows on your bed from designers Kellie Smith and Melanie Hönig. Get creative and layer pillows in on your bed!

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