By Elena Acoba
SPECIAL TO THE ARIZONA DAILY STAR
» Throw in
• Bold colors and prints
• Fancy fringes, beads, sequins, gemstones
• Circles, rectangles, triangles
» Resources
• RLM Designs, 820-0404, www.robinmotzerdesigns.com.
• Sunset Interiors, 16250 N. Oracle Road, 825-2297.
• Total Look Interiors, 2856 E. Fort Lowell Road, 323-9600, www.totallookinteriors.com.
» Toss out
• Floor pillows
• A line of pillows in a single solid
• Two squares, one on each end of the sofa
Throw pillows usually are the last thing home decorators think about, but they shouldn’t be afterthoughts.
Those small cushions, sometimes called toss pillows, can solidify a room’s look, add pattern and texture, provide comfort and create focal points.
They also make redecorating a breeze since they can inexpensively change a room’s style.
“The nice thing about being creative with pillows,” says Melissa Alejos, owner of Total Look Interiors, “is it allows you to change your room later and give it a totally new look.”
Feel free to experiment with different textures, colors, shapes, embellishments, whatever you fancy, says Kim Maneely, an interior designer at Sunset Interiors. It’s easy to switch out what you don’t like.
“It’s just like paint color,” says Maneely. “You can always change them.”
Alejos, Maneely and interior designer Robin L. Motzer, owner of RLM Designs, discuss their favorite ideas for throw pillows:
Alejos
● Purchase a sofa in a solid color, then add “dimension” with pillows in patterns, contrasting colors, various shapes and fun trim.
● Don’t put so many pillows on the furniture that “guests feel they can’t sit on your sofa.” Aim for a balance “to add comfort and a sense of style.”
● Using pillows in varying fabrics “adds depth and texture.”
● Go eclectic for a fun look but don’t overdo it. Boldly colored geometric shapes won’t work with antique lace.
Motzer
● Store a few pillows, maybe to match the seasons, to bring out and change the look of a room throughout the year.
● Use a down blend for a luxurious, “sink into” pillow. You’ll need to fluff and vacuum it regularly.
● Toss pillows can work in the kitchen, too. Add them to a bench seat or built-in dining area.
● Dress up a bench seat against a window with a few pillows.
● Keep the pillows within the general style of the room. Don’t use “fussy” pillows in a modern, clean look. Add lots of fanciness to a Tuscan design.
Maneely
● “Make sure your pillows are scaled properly to your furniture.” Big pillows will crowd a sofa; little ones will disappear.
● Think of a throw pillow as a piece of art that reflects your personal style. “If you really love Western and you want to incorporate that in your room, put cowboys on that pillow.”
● On the other hand, pillows with special meaning, such as gifts or specially made ones, should be enjoyed in a more private area, such as a bedroom, if they don’t match your living room style.

photos by Jeffry Scott / Arizona Daily Star

» Throw in
• Bold colors and prints
• Fancy fringes, beads, sequins, gemstones
• Circles, rectangles, triangles
» Resources
• RLM Designs, 820-0404, www.robinmotzerdesigns.com.
• Sunset Interiors, 16250 N. Oracle Road, 825-2297.
• Total Look Interiors, 2856 E. Fort Lowell Road, 323-9600, www.totallookinteriors.com.
» Toss out
• Floor pillows
• A line of pillows in a single solid
• Two squares, one on each end of the sofa
● Contact freelance writer Elena Acoba at acoba@dakotacom.net.