One of the secrets to successfully staging your home is knowing how to add color in an updated way.
One of the easiest ways to achieve an updated look in your living and bedroom (two of the most important rooms to buyers) is to swap out your pillows for something new and trendy. It’s like buying one trendy accessory to update your outfit. You don’t need to spend a lot or redo your whole look but a little pillow power goes a long way.
I’m going to share with you some of my favorite sources for pillows. Depending on where you live you can use these as a starting point but explore your own neighborhood and metro area to find your own sources. And of course there’s online where you can find an endless variety of pillows.
Are you handy on the sewing machine? Pillow covers – for your existiing pillows – can be whipped up fairly quickly if you just want an envelope shape to fit over the existing pillow. For an example take a look at how pillow shams for bedding are constructed. If you want a more elaborate look with trim, fringe or zipper closure, that will take a little more sewing skill.
Here are my favorite pillow resources:
Target – has a nice variety of trendy colors and patterns at very reasonable prices
TJ Maxx and Marshalls – these two retailers are hit and miss but you can’t beat the prices. Occasionally you will find Ralph Lauren pillows or other name brands at greatly reduced prices. Also try their Homegoods brand with even more selection.
Tuesday Morning – again can be hit and miss but it’s worth the trip to see what you can find. Bedding pillows are usually of high quality and you may find high end brands like Peacock Alley.
Pier 1 Imports – if you’re looking for a one of a kind trendy pillow for an accent try this store. Colors are usually bright and work well in a teen’s room or sunroom
West Elm – this Williams Sonoma brand trends towards more contemporary and is a good resource for pillow covers and trend conscious styles
OneKingsLane.com – sign up for their emails and you’ll get the first pick of this online treasure hunt for top brands and vintage finds. If you are looking for the truly unique you’ll probably find it here.
Department stores – Macy’s, Dillards and JC Penney are worth checking out and if you are looking for that one unique pillow you may find it here.
Okay now for color. When you are trying to freshen up your space, think of keeping a color palette that’s consistent throughout your home. Pillows are a great way to pull in an accent color to one room that you’ve used in another room. If your sofa and chairs in your living room are neutral add a spalsh of color with pillows. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns. If you have three pillows on your sofa, two of them should have a common color or accent color, The third can be a contrasting color.
Here’s a good example of how three different pillows can work together. I would try these red, cream and tan pillows on a dark grey, navy or brown sofa. The light colors would add a nice contrast and brighten up any room. All of these are viewable on Target’s website by the way.
Don’t worry about making a mistake. Buy your pillows together so you’ll have a better chance at color coordinating and then take them home. If they don’t wow you, you can always returnthem and try again. Pretty soon your pillow prowess will have you staging your home for sale like a pro!