Bedding Throw Pillows

There is something so satisfying about making a bed for us here at Moonflower Designs! That probably sounds contrary to popular belief, but for us, it’s totally true. When you have the right layers and textiles, it’s a complete game changer! By using throw blankets and the right ingredients of throw pillows and shams, your bed can become your very own masterpiece. Not to mention, it does provide a little more motive to make your bed first thing in the morning. 

We are asked frequently about pillow sizing and styles, so today we want to address that. 

A general rule of thumb is to start with your largest pillows in the back, and build a triangle as you place the smaller ones in front. Depending on the style of the room, you can include a lot of pillows, or for a minimalistic vibe, you can use your shams and a long lumbar pillow. 

Once you have determined your style, then you’ll want to consider the size of your bed. For the sake of simplicity, we are going to stick with 26”x26” throw pillows for this post as your starter. 

On a queen size bed, you’ll use two 26”x26” throw pillows, also known as “euro shams”, to be the first pillows to place in front of your sleeping pillow and shams. You can lay the sleeping pillows stacked on top of each other, or sit them upright and layer them like you do the throw pillows. 

For a king size bed, you’ll want three euro shams. We prefer them to all match, but there are really no rules in this game. If you can pull off the look with different pillows, then go for it. If you’re newer to all of this design stuff, then your safest bet is to use matching throws!

The next size you’ll want is 22”x22”, or you can use 22”x27”. Honestly, the size doesn’t matter much, so long as it’s about 2” smaller than the euro shams. For either king or queen, you will only need two. 

The third layer is going to be a lumbar pillow, or you can use a square pillow. For your king size bed, you have the option to skip out on the second layer and opt for an extra long lumbar. Just keep in mind that the lumbar length should not exceed the total length of your second layer set of pillows. For scale and proportion’s sake, it keeps the look clean and professional. However, like we said before, there are now rules. If you can pull off something entirely different and achieve a balanced look, then do you!

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