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How to Choose Wallpaper

Pillows make or break a bed. Have too few, the bed looks unfinished and bare. Have too many and it looks cluttered and messy. Here are a few quick tips to help you choose pillows appropriately so you're not missing the mark.

Here are some quick tips to consider:

  • Create a three-dimensional effect
  • Stagger your sizes.
  • Use 26" shams against the headboard or wall
  • Add standard shams in from of those
  • Fill in the front with small throw pillows and neck rolls
  • If you have a king size bed, use 4 large shams; if a queen sized bed, use 3
  • Create impact by stacking two or three same-shape pillows in graduated sizes. This gives height and interest in front of the headboard or wall.
  • Lavish the bed with luxury.
  • Mix the pillow textures to add an elegant touch.
  • Mix smooth silk, rich velvet and embosse4d matelasse, for instance.
  • Contrasting colors will create a more dramatic touch.
  • When mixing patterns, use no more than 3 in a room.
  • Combine large, medium and small patterns.

Create or buy stencils with patterns that suit your style. Lay them flush against the wall and paint the wall behind the stencils. Repeat the colors of the wall and stencil in the pillows to tie it all together. Smashing!

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