Throw pillows are a versatile necessity in every room I decorate—both for myself and for my kids. I have them on the couches and chairs in the playroom. One always rests on my rocker in the nursery (which is about to transform into a big girl’s room … with, yes, more matching throw pillows). We have them on my older daughter’s bed, and they sometimes sneak their way into our family’s main living spaces.
You could say I’m obsessed with throw pillows—almost as much as my youngest is obsessed with unicorns. In both cases, I couldn’t think of a better problem to have!
The thing I love most about throw pillows is they are truly the most versatile item in the decorative housewares lexicon. From cute individual designs that stand alone to fully corresponding collections and more neutral-patterned pillows, these small, relatively inexpensive pieces can totally transform a room. Pillows can be switched out often as interests, seasons, and trends change. They’re also a perfect way to play with pattern and color in your children’s rooms. Read on to discover my favorite ideas for how to create the perfect pillow pile in your child’s playroom or nursery.
Spacewalk Rex by Barry Gott
Stories in the Garden by Emma Talbot
Snowflake Kisses by Dubravka Kolanovic
Balloon Buddies by Ellen Giggenbach
I love a good statement throw pillow—one with a big, bold, eye-catching design that can truly transform your decor scene and make a statement on your couch. Just one statement pillow can look absolutely perfect on a comfy oversized chair, on a rocker, or accenting a bedspread.
And, while you might get lucky to find a good one in home goods stores, it’s all too common to see the same novelty throw pillow all over the neighborhood. It’s a cutthroat market for unique throw pillows, people.
If I’m looking for a single pillow to adorn a chair in my child’s room, I’m looking for something whimsical, colorful, and completely unique. That’s why I order online, where I can find incredible designs by talented children’s artists—like the adorable penguin pillow by Dubravka Kolanovic, whose art made a sweet presence in my older daughter’s nursery.
Statement throw pillows like these also make unique gifts for baby showers or the neighbor kids’ birthdays. I enjoy picking out a whimsical pillow in a child’s favorite theme, tying a satin ribbon bow around the middle, and presenting it for the child’s birthday. It makes a versatile and functional gift that both moms and kids love.
The Underwater Menagerie collection by Emily Dove
The Forest Party collection by Antoana Oreski
If you’re looking for more cuteness, I’d of course recommend putting together some of your favorite corresponding pillows into a playful set. Two illustrative construction truck pillows would bookend a playroom loveseat or a pair of matching chairs quite nicely. Or, choose a trio of safari-inspired pillows to add bright pops of wild color into the playroom. Throw in a solid colored lumbar pillow in a fun fabric for a bit of textural interest, and you have a curated look with very little effort.
Personally, though, when working with square pillows, I prefer groups of five. Too few pillows and your couch looks bare bones and uninviting. Too many, and there’s nowhere for guests to sit down without throwing a thousand pillows on the floor. Five pillows on an oversized couch puts you directly in the sweet spot. I toss them casually into groups of two and three against either armrest, with a nice empty spot in the middle for comfy sitting. Suddenly you’ve taken your kids’ playroom couch from basic to bold and colorful!
I personally have a set of five Mouse + Magpie throw pillows living in a pile on the playroom floor. These are perfect seat cushions for older humans to use during floor play. They create an instant reading corner, pillow fort, and makeshift mattress. In our house, they’ve served as pretend rocks in the middle of a rushing river and as missiles in many an old-fashioned pillow fight. Sometimes the simplest toys really are the best—and when they’re this cute, it’s impossible to resist grabbing more.
Pillows are versatile decorative items that pack a big punch. They’re also endlessly entertaining in a nursery or child’s playroom. I encourage you to pick up one, two, or a whole set of these fantastic items for your own home. You never know what impact high-quality fabric, comfortable stuffing, and whimsical art can have on a child!
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