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Design is in the Details: Pillows Add Texture to Your Decor

Whether you live in a house, a condo, or an apartment, decorating or redecorating your home can be expensive. In the case of an apartment, your options may be limited under the terms of your lease. Many landlords require you to get permission before making any changes and return the apartment to its original state before you leave. Redecorating is often not worth this extra effort and expense.

Small changes can have a big impact, however. Pillows are a great way to add colour and texture to your decor without a lot of time, money, or effort. As decor expert Pia Basansky says, “The two most inexpensive ways to change the look of your home are pillows and paint.” And, as owner/operator of The Pillow Shoppe, now with locations in both Markham and Toronto, Basansky knows that pillows have the advantage. They’re cheaper and easier to swap out than paint, and they can add texture as well as colour.


Various pillow materials create contrasting textures

Texture adds interest and activity to a room, and with many different material options, pillows offer a variety of texture. Try combining smooth surfaces like leather and silk with rough ones like corduroy or brocade. Combine thick, heavy wool or fleece with thin cotton or delicate lace. The contrast creates visual and tactile interest and keeps your room from looking too formal and old-fashioned.


Texture can also add a seasonal feel to your home decor. Wool, fleece, leather, knits, and brocade are ideal for winter, while silk, cotton, linen, and lace provide a more summery feel. Denim, corduroy, polyester, and other mid-weight materials can be used year-round in a variety of seasonal colours, such as brown and orange for autumn or yellow and green for spring.

Patterned pillows create visual texture

Texture isn’t just in the feel of a pillow—it can be in the look, too. Prints and patterns create visual texture that also adds interest without the upkeep of certain specialty fabrics. And, because pillows can easily be changed, prints and patterns offer a way to modernize your home decor while investing in plain furniture that’s less likely to go out of style. For example, a classic black or brown sofa can be livened up with stripes, plaids, florals, geometric patterns, or even an array of bold complementary or contrasting colours according to what’s in style.

Adding prints, patterns, and texture in small doses like pillows helps ensure you won’t tire of them too quickly. And when you do want to make a change, it’s easy and affordable to do so.

By Emily Dockrill-Jones

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