Our Inside The Orange Box topic for today is all about detailing your pillows! Pillows make such an impact, even if they aren’t the biggest, most expensive items in the room. They are of utmost importance!
Pillows are a place where designers can get a little creative with fabric and all of the fabulous trims that are available to them today!
There are so many ways to take a pillow up a few notches with simple tweaks or additions, so our designers share some of their favorite ways to do so!
>>> LEAD DESIGNER LISA PALMER <<<
“I like an interesting contrast banding applied to a solid fabric, like this one that I’m currently having done for a client.”
>>> DESIGNER TODD PRINCE <<<
“My favorite pillow detail is, hands down, a butterflied corner on a sheer flange!”
>>> DESIGNER ELISH PHARES <<<
“There are so many ways to make one pillow go a long way. One of my favorite details is to add a sheer flange. Another under-used detail is the boxed pillow. You can also reverse the fabric application or add banding… just a subtle something extra can go a long way!”
>>> DESIGNER SUNNY HOLLIDAY <<<
“If the design is right, railroading a fabric (or running it the opposite way from how it comes off the bolt) on a lumbar pillow or long accent pillow is a nice change up. I like to do a contrasting fabric for the backs of pillows as well! And usually I order my pillow forms one inch bigger than the actual size of the pillow to make sure they’re nice and full!”
>>> DESIGNER KATY HINES <<<
“I’m a big fan of the butterfly corners, too!! I also love a custom applique. One of our local workrooms did such a beautiful job on some pillows I had made recently!”
>>> DESIGNER JACQUE MOOR <<<
“I am working on a custom pillow now that I am going to get Virginia Weathersby to custom stencil! This makes the pillow more valuable because it is a one of a kind designed specifically for the client!”
>> A FEW OTHER DETAILS WE LOVE FROM PROJECTS PAST <<
Color blocking and contrast cording…
… Using pillows with antique passementerie applied, as so beautifully done by local artist Becky Vizard…
… or having a custom piece of art embroidered onto a silk. The photo below is of a project Lisa completed several years ago.
“I commissioned the late artist Lynn Green Root to do an art piece for me, and I had her custom art piece embroidered onto silk for these pillows. The client kept the original pen and ink drawing that she did and he framed it for his walls. It became a really, really special project for many reasons.”
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Do you have a favorite pillow in your home? What makes it special? We love hearing from you!