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4 Ways to Mix and Match Pillows

Create a comfy and catch setup by working with florals, textures, and prints

Photography: Kurt Alvarez and Dairy Darilag

Pillows are considered as staples at home. Aside from allowing us to relax—these pieces also serve as decor pieces. Give your living area or bedroom a boost by working with different pillows. You may combine patterns and prints for a fun setup. Let these ideas guide and inspire you.

Picks, production, and styling by Dagny Madamba. Sittings editor: Issa Villar. Styling assistant: Tala Singson.

Read the original article in the September 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.

Urban Glam

Art Deco + Colorful + Furry

Why it works: Perfectly matched pillows might look too calculated. Feel extra creative at home! Adding an element of the unexpected, such as an abstract print in sunset colors with a New York-style art deco patterned pillow and a faux fur cushion thrown in for texture, speaks more volumes than a safe setup.

Gold Tray, P10,000; Faux Plants, P1,500 each; Sienna Three-seater Sofa, P75,000; Commune A Table, P23,000, all from KISH | Watercolor Print Throw Pillow Cover, price available upon request; Gold and Black Throw Pillow Cover, price available upon request, both from ARQ Curtains.

Trendy Mix

Naive Florals + Fauna + Bold Chevron

Why it works: You can have three trends on one sofa if you work with pillows that have a background of white. Geometric and nature-inspired prints can lend a playful vibe to a staid couch.

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Floral Gray Pillow, P230, Mandaue Foam

Pink Parrot Pillow, P1,580, AC+632

Playful Boho

Indian Floral + Textured Trellis + Dotty Embroidery

Why it works: The rich colors, opulent patterns, and multiple colors and materials reflect the facets of exotic Asian design. You may layer this on a khaki couch to add sultriness to a room.

Kalasim Pillowcase, P1,999.75, L'Indochine

Atlantis Throw Pillow Cover, price available upon request, ARQ Curtains

Yellow Round Throw Pillow, P3,299.75, L'Indochine

Wild Adventurer

Medallions + Faux Fur + Art Decor Black and White

Why it works: You can't go wrong with pairing completely different elements of rustic, art decor, and Mongolian-Asian when you have dark tones as a common denominator.

Black and Red Pillow, P1,980, AC+632

Tricolor Siberia Pillow, price available upon request, ARQ Curtains

Black and White Kidney Pillow, price available upon request, ARQ Curtains

*Prices are subject to change. Visit the stores to inquire.

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