It's said that painting your walls is the quickest and least expensive way to punch color into your decor. I would add throw pillows to that short list. This is particularly true when you rent and are not allowed to paint over those white the walls. Keep in mind, you can take the accent throw pillows with you. So where do you start?
Invest in a good, quality insert, preferably a down and feather insert. The higher the content of the down, the better. Not only does it give you a softer presentation of a beautiful throw pillow cover but also the comfort just can't be beat. If you are allergic to down and feather, there are some fairly good faux down inserts. Why start with a quality insert? You can always change out the cover whether it's a seasonal choice or you simply want another color. And the insert will make any cover look great.
Next step. Well, that lays heavily on the major pieces of furnishings you already have, such as your sofa and, of course, your personal taste for color and patterns.
From the photo above, you see white walls, a white sofa and the neutral colors of tan in poufs and rug. But as you can see, not only is the contrasting neutral colors of the black and gray screen and the black leather ottoman that give this room a poignant interest, but also the dramatic collection of colors and differing sizes of the pillows. Warm colors of deep pinks and yellow pair with the cool yet sophisticated color of black.
If you are a lover of drama, let your white walls become the palette on which you display your audacious objects. Pair down to a simple color scheme, such as beautiful grays, blacks, silver and even brown like the palette seen below. Note how the accent pillows soften the starkness of the room by inviting comfort. The wood tables and wall frame bring in the warmth. And of course, if you are fortunate enough to have a lovely view from your window to mother nature, all the better.
Below is an excellent example how vibrant colors in decorative pillows become brilliant against the backdrop of white walls, particularly when the color scheme coordinates with window treatments and in this case, the paintings as well.
That fabulous rug in the image above almost grabs the microphone . . . but notice how the dramatic colors and designs of the fabric in the accent pillows balances the scheme. The rug is forced to share the stage on this one.
The rug in the image below doesn't try to steal the show of pillows but in fact delighttfully complements the blue in the near riotous pillow collection. Isn't it exciting: the display of so many patterns and colors! Add the simply, dramatic painting on the wall and you hardly notice that the walls are white.
Psssh . . . I didn't just happen to pick images with white walls. Frankly, I love them and I was delighted to have recently read that for many interior designers, white walls has fallen back in favor. Why? Not only do they give a clean appearance but white walls are also backdrops to your beautiful furnishings and home accessories, as you saw in the examples above. So if you are living in a rental with white walls or even own your abode and the walls are white, take note you are "in trend."
Well, are you rethinking your dislike for white walls or do you already have them and love them?