By Sarah Bracy Penn

Published on September 9, 2016

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Photography by TIM WILLIAMS VIA DOMINO

Looking to give your sofa or bed a little oomph with new pillows? Step outside the box and buy something…well, not square! Whether you fancy a lumbar or a bolster, a neckroll or an organic-shaped throw, we’ve got the tricks to ensure you style and layer your pillows to perfection. 

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the neckroll

Structured and sophisticated, a neckroll pillow is the perfect way to anchor two sides of a sofa.

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Tucked on either end of a structured or tufted sofa, two printed neckrolls add a bit of charm to your living space.

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When a neckroll is upholstered in the same fabric as the sofa, you create a chic pattern-on-pattern look that’s both put-together and classic.

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the bolster

A bolster, usually pulled tight on each end with drawstrings, is an easy way to create a focal point on your bed. 

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Small and centered on a neutral bed, this soft cheetah print bolster plays off the pattern on the zebra-striped headboard.

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Photography by LAURA RESEN VIA DOMINO

If you’ve got beautifully monogrammed Euro shams, why cover them up? To add another layer of pillows without hiding your bespoke bedding, add a large printed bolster that spans the entire bed.

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Photography by HEATHER TALBERT VIA DOMINO

For a neat but playful look, place a velvet bolster in front of standard shams on a twin bed.

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the lumbar

This rectangular-shaped pillow, most commonly available in 14″x26″ or 16″x20″, is possibly the most versatile style in your not-square repertoire.

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Style a small agate-print lumbar on an animal print statement chair for eye-catching detail tucked in a corner.

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A printed yet neutral lumbar can be styled on a sofa or bed.

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Toss a neutral-print lumbar in front of two monogrammed Euro shams for a touch of preppy pattern.

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Color blocked in pink and white, this lumbar from Frog Hill Designs makes a graphic statement.

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Styled with blue and white chevron and palm print, the pop of pink creates a fun focal point.

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A navy silk lumbar mixes well with others. The subtle polka dot design adds a touch of pattern to a collection of throw pillows.

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Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE VIA DOMINO

Mix a darker lumbar with several square (and not square!) pillows on your sofa. By mixing in rectangular shapes, it keeps your sofa grounded.

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A graphic blue and white Otomi lumbar is an ideal pillow to center on a bed or sofa. This one comes in five colorways!

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Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE VIA DOMINO

A lumbar in an Ikat or Otomi print is the perfect statement pillow to center on a sofa. With bold patterns like this one, it’s best to not clutter your sofa with too many throws. Two square pillows create balance on either side of the lumbar.

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the standard sham

A crisp white standard sham is the key to keeping your bedding simple but fresh. 

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Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE VIA DOMINO

Stack white standard shams for an effortlessly chic and non-fussy look.

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Bold color and pattern isn’t reserved for throw pillows alone! Try a bright and printed standard sham to give your bed a little pop.

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On sheets and matching standard shams, this small-scaled pattern creates fun and subtle contrast with the other patterns at play in this cozy bedroom.

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A standard sham with a thick black border is just what your master bedroom’s been looking for.

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Photography by TAMARA MAGEL VIA DOMINO

Prop the pair at the head of the bed and toss a faux fur blanket at the foot for a glamorous and easy update. 

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the boudoir

They may be tiny, but a stylish, sweet boudoir pillow can add the finishing touch to your bedding.

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Photography by AMY NEUNSINGER VIA DOMINO

A sweet embroidered boudoir brightens up this muted blue and pink bedding.

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There’s just something about this mini pillow in chic leopard print that has us smiling.

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Photography by PAUL COSTELLO VIA DOMINO

Toss one on all white monogrammed bedding for a touch of animal print. 

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Photography by FERM LIVING

the circular throw

A circular cushion adds an unexpected element to any cozy corner.

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Photography by LAURA RESEN VIA DOMINO

Place a circular pillow in one of two matching chairs for subtle and stylish asymmetry.

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Photography by MOLLY WINTERS VIA DOMINO

Prop a spotted cushion on a neutral covered twin bed for a crisp, contemporary feel.