Decorative Pillow Ideas! All you need to know! – Design Lesson 21

Decorative Pillow Ideas! All you need to know! – Design Lesson 21

Hey everyone! I’m talking about decorative pillow ideas! Pillows, toss cushions… Whatever you call them, they’re kind of a must-have when it comes time to complete the look of your living room. It’s part of accessorizing. Also… Do you chop your pillows?? My thoughts on this topic a little later on… So many of my clients have a slightly panicked look on their faces when I bring up pillows so let’s get some things right out in the open…

Yes, it’s pillow talk time!

I hope you enjoy this latest Design Lesson Video! We’ve got loads more lessons in our dedicated playlist so go ahead and click, watch and don’t forget to like the videos you felt were most helpful!


Here is the link for the down feather alternative inserts…

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Polyester Pillow –
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Tonic Pillows1, 2, 3, 4 –
Down Filled Pillows –
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Sofa Pillow Layout –
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Too Many –
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5 Pillow Sofa –
3 Pillow Sofa –
Sectional Sofa –
Bed Pillows 1 & 2 –
Bolster Pillow –
Tassels –
Trim –
Texture –
Zipper –
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  1. Yuliya Yezutova on March 2, 2023 at 5:56 am

    Thank you for the best and most informative video about pillows! You have answered all my questions!

  2. Yo Sal on March 2, 2023 at 5:59 am

    Just did the "chooping" pillow thing: it changes everything!!Thankc for the advice..

  3. Carmie Cruz on March 2, 2023 at 6:00 am

    I really l❤ve this channel!

  4. Purene Nkambule on March 2, 2023 at 6:08 am

    Very informative thank you

  5. Debra Wilder on March 2, 2023 at 6:08 am

    My sofa is 90 inches with 4 cushions. Should I add decorative pillows?

  6. Kylie Crawford on March 2, 2023 at 6:08 am

    I had a feeling you would be a chopper!

  7. Hasmig Krikorian on March 2, 2023 at 6:09 am

    Hello, very well explained , and I started following you 🕺, great job 👌. I want to ask about how to choose the combination of the pillows, specially if sophisticated leather pillow with black color
    , what to combine with it , to give the luxury living space image, is it again black leather with different motif, or should keep the accent with only 1 dominant one keeping the rest simpler , another question is that should each cushion design the be used in pair or no ? Thank you 😊

  8. Yvonne Colon on March 2, 2023 at 6:10 am

    Great lesson ! I’m a chopper myself😬

  9. Deena Karimi on March 2, 2023 at 6:13 am

    Hi i need more ideas from u can u help me pls i would like to send u some pics of my house decoration and i need your suggestions please

  10. nozztozz on March 2, 2023 at 6:14 am


  11. Sarah North on March 2, 2023 at 6:15 am

    Can you share some stores or brands that sell 5% vs 30% down inserts? Since watching this super, awesome helpful video I’ve gone to Homegoods and could only find 100% polyester decorative pillows. Now I’m looking online at Crate & Barrel, where I can only find 95/5 feather/down, and West Elm is only listing inserts as “100% feather down” (so 70/3 or 95/5 for $18.50?)

    Any more general buying tips would be appreciated even if you don’t name specific companies! Anyway, you’re lovely and these tips were fabulous, have a wonderful day 🤗🏠

  12. Lorena Jaimes on March 2, 2023 at 6:15 am

    Gracias buena señora!

  13. Sandy Ochoa on March 2, 2023 at 6:15 am

    What would you recommend for a mustard yellow couch ? I have a lounge couch and the color is already busy.. I want to put pillows but I’m so confused on what would look good

  14. Oddyas on March 2, 2023 at 6:15 am

    I think you should look at this pillow. very beautiful and decorative

  15. Bobbie Erb on March 2, 2023 at 6:17 am

    Question……. I’m so confused as to what size insert is best…… same size insert as pillow or bigger insert?

  16. Iddo Balcha on March 2, 2023 at 6:18 am

    How beautiful and calm you are ………my pillowes are too solid/hard to chop anyways….lol

  17. Cynthia G. on March 2, 2023 at 6:19 am

    Thank you for the useful tips.

  18. Teresa Martins on March 2, 2023 at 6:19 am

    Well that was educational!

  19. Larinda Mcconnaughey on March 2, 2023 at 6:22 am

    Nice tutorial, I learned what material to use as an insert and why… I like the chop method but have a 150 year old house so Why Bother it gets to the floor anyway… LOL

  20. Padmini Bhatkal on March 2, 2023 at 6:26 am

    Good information.I have an L shaped sofa with white walls What patterned cushions can I buy?

  21. Elaine on March 2, 2023 at 6:27 am

    Let’s talk form over function. The former is the emphasis in this video. Okay, a lot of pillows together may look pretty and introduce spark to a room. But, sofas and chairs are for people to sit on in comfort. There has to be room to accommodate that. One pillow behind each person is useful. If there are more than 3 on a sofa, for instance, how do the sitters deal with the excess pillows? Ditto on a bed. The pile of decorative pillows has to have its own resting spot when it is time to get into bed. Ask a guest who has to politely honor the stack when their personal items need to occupy horizontal surfaces in the room. Do they pitch pillows on the floor? Well, you get my point.

  22. Riley Kyler on March 2, 2023 at 6:27 am
  23. cyn cyn on March 2, 2023 at 6:29 am

    So helpful!

  24. Kim Thompson on March 2, 2023 at 6:29 am

    Love your channel. My design dillema is my living room where fireplace is off centered and there are so many pathways needed. My symmetry loving mind can not figure out how to place furniture around it. Any idea?

  25. H R on March 2, 2023 at 6:31 am

    Love these tips! So helpful!

  26. Sid Neeto on March 2, 2023 at 6:33 am

    Wow! Excellent video! Covered everything I needed topknow!

  27. Totally Domestic on March 2, 2023 at 6:35 am

    I like I unchopped.

  28. Diane Brown on March 2, 2023 at 6:35 am

    How do you keep your pillows fresh?

  29. KZ on March 2, 2023 at 6:35 am

    what about 1 seater couch, is it better to hava a pillow or none

  30. Deb ORC on March 2, 2023 at 6:37 am

    Guests keep putting pillows on the floor. Why bother with pillows when they remove them?

  31. okashi10 on March 2, 2023 at 6:38 am

    Super practical and helpful!

  32. Fara Goldberg on March 2, 2023 at 6:38 am

    Hi Olga,
    I`m a big fan and follower of your YouTube channel, it has been a great help
    For me! I would love if you can please do a video about armchairs and how to decorate a living room with a Red sofa as the centre piece ( Colour pallet Red And pastels Blues)

  33. LORI LOUGHLIN on March 2, 2023 at 6:38 am

    Great video! I want to replace and mix up the pillows on my sectional to add some color! Can I send a pic?

  34. Sarah Fauset on March 2, 2023 at 6:39 am

    Down is cruel….better to go with an alternative!

  35. Karen Myers on March 2, 2023 at 6:40 am

    I checked out your two links for down feather alternatives thinking these were going to be links for down feather inserts for throw pillows. Do you have a good link for a down feather alternative insert for throw pillows? Looking for something that looks full, can be washed, and can be "chopped."

  36. Linda Wolf on March 2, 2023 at 6:41 am

    I think that filling your pillows with down feathers is very inhumane. Otherwise, the video was very informative.

  37. Mary Goodson on March 2, 2023 at 6:41 am

    Good advice and very helpful!

  38. Patricia McCrea on March 2, 2023 at 6:45 am


  39. A.L. on March 2, 2023 at 6:46 am

    Everything about this video is excellent! The content, images and your talking speed and deportment. You got straight to the point and were clear and articulate! Thank you!

  40. Jamil Gannaban on March 2, 2023 at 6:47 am

    The pretty lady is back! 🙂

  41. Annie Wilson on March 2, 2023 at 6:47 am

    Love in great information 💁‍♀️

  42. Karen Myers on March 2, 2023 at 6:47 am

    What size insert should go in a 22 inch pillow? Is the rule of thumb 2 inches less than the pillow itself?

  43. Linda Aldana on March 2, 2023 at 6:48 am

    How to make decorative pillows for daybed

  44. Gifts for Life on March 2, 2023 at 6:48 am

    She makes some good points about size and filling, but that’s where we part company. I design pillows and think of them as small pieces of art. I don’t limit myself to placing them just on sofas and beds; to me, art fits anywhere. And I don’t think of my floors as “the ground”; my carpets are vacuumed every day, and I love placing pillows of all sizes around my rooms. They aren’t out of place on my bookshelves and side tables.

  45. Braden Monson on March 2, 2023 at 6:49 am

    I was excited to check the suggested websites for inserts, but they were ALL for bed pillows. Where do you go to purchase reasonably priced inserts?

  46. thangamani pillai on March 2, 2023 at 6:50 am

    Thx olga😊😎🎊

  47. Vicki McDougle on March 2, 2023 at 6:50 am

    So great to see another video!

  48. Angora on March 2, 2023 at 6:51 am

    Just found you today and subscribed, love your content. Please tell me you aren’t still chopping cushions in 2021? lol x

  49. K Taylor on March 2, 2023 at 6:52 am

    Thank you, Olga, for another helpful video. I do have a design dilemma that I’d love to have your help with. We have a large great room with a seating area in front of a fireplace (90” sofa flanked by two side chairs; one upholstered and one leather with a round coffee table in front of all). The other area is a dining table with four side chairs. My 3-part dilemma is rugs beneath these two areas. We love rugs, but it seems that to place a rug beneath each of these areas will 1) cover our gorgeous wood floors, 2) cause a hassle when cleaning/vacuuming, and 3) cause the potential for the rugs to not lay flat beneath the furniture. By not having rugs, are we breaking all the design rules? Are my three concerns invalid? Is my great room design incomplete without two area rugs? Help please!

  50. Paul Leddy on March 2, 2023 at 6:53 am

    I always enjoy your videos.

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