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Welcome to The Deep Dive, in which we search high and low for the best of the best products for every corner of your home, from modern chandeliers to vintage rugs. Next up: patterned pillows.

Throw pillows are not for playing it safe. You might get a neutral sofa that will last you decades (at least that’s what you tell yourself to justify the high price tag) or keep your rental walls as is in the name of not having to repaint when you move out. But just like colorful artwork can transform a white room into a gallery, patterned cushions are what turns any old seat into a design moment.

As you slowly ease into hibernating this fall, stock up on a few playful pillows along with your musky candles and wool blankets. They might be just the decor refresh you need to tide you over until it’s time to head to the beach again. 


These pink and green colorways take a plain windowpane print to a whole new level.


Body line drawings and Cocteau-esque sketches will give even the simplest sofa artful flair.


This of-the-moment motif is the perfect counterpart to all the squares in your space.


There’s more to these textured pillows than meets the eye. CB2’s Moroccan design features symbols of family, fertility, love, and protection, while the Soft Century cushion is meant to “echo the sensation of watching landscape after landscape pass by your window.”


Bring the outside in before all the leaves drop with these maximalist pillows from Svensk Tenn and La DoubleJ.


Set aside your beachy reds and whites and introduce moody shades of burgundy and ochre to your home for autumn.

Animal Print

Your living room, too, can have a wild side with these hand-painted tiger stripes and Gucci’s famous Angry Cat.


If florals aren’t groundbreaking for spring, plaids for fall are downright predictable. That is unless you choose unexpected colors and patterns like these.


This isn’t necessarily the pattern you’d associate with chilly temps, but flowers can be autumnal, too, rendered in deep hues on rich velvet.

Flame Stitch

Time to retire your chevron pillows. Missoni or not, these zigzag cushions are 100 percent on trend.


These geometric styles are anything but boring. Traditional plaid goes pixelated, and repeating steps allude to architect Luis Barragan’s famous creations.

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