With a white slip covered couch you can go any direction you like with accent pillows. I have the same scenario in my home so that I can wash the white duck slip covers to keep my upholstery fresh even though my dog family use them daily and beside the fact that I love white as a background.
I do a set of summer covers for my down pillows in bright colors,this year using a wonderful pink and orange print from Megan Adams carried in the Laura Lee Clark Showroom - http://lauraleeclark.com
I then add matching fleece throws that are orange, lined with pink.
Last year I created new covers for fall and also during October for Halloween and Thanksgiving using white fleece with an Orange Pumpkin and lime green stem for applique. So fun, and since I use those for such a brief time, the inexpensive fleece from the local fabric store is perfect used with my existing down pillow forms.
Above fall pillows are custom appliqued using wool felt for a client with perfect colors needed.
For Christmas I changed the pillow covers to snow white fleece with circles of aqua, lime, hot pink, yellow, orchid, and soft red to suggest tree ornaments, with matching aqua lined with white fleece throws and matching tree skirts for my Christmas trees. It is always so fun to change the look. This year I plan to do new covers for after Christmas to go through Valentines and Easter before pulling out the summer pillow covers. Using inexpensive but of so comfortable fleece. I find I can change the covers often, and they are very washable and so comfortable, keeping a fresh look going in my living room all the time!
I encourage you to consider these inexpensive pillow covers with some really good quality down pillow forms, rather than investing in expensive fabrics for pillows that you will feel married to forever. Nothing makes a conversation area seem stale worse than out of date throw pillows.
Be sure to do zippers for easy take off for cleaning, and storing for the following year if you do seasonal covers. I use the same down form, so I don't have so many pillows to store. Just store the covers
Be sure to put your down pillows in the dryer for at least 30 minutes each time you change or clean the pillow covers. Kills germs and keeps down forms fresh. Use down as nothing else will be as comfortable for as long.
Best size for throw pillows?
Best size for throw pillows? Depends on how many will be used and how tall the back of your sofa is. But generally I will go with 22" x 22". If 2 pillows will be used together, then they should be 2" difference in size to look nicest together.
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