Your wardrobe has had a summer makeover and those white jeans are in full rotation these days. But are you feeling like your home decor is so last season? Simply styling your sofa in an updated way could be just the perk-up your home is craving. And the good news is that this can be easily achieved with some thoughtfully placed pillows and perhaps a throw!

We asked some of our wonderful local design shops to contribute ideas for this post. Check out the stylin’ sofas they shared with us for inspiration and let your imagination run wild!



Meg from Spruce shared these images of a client’s vintage Hermes scarf collection that they turned into pillows to perfectly complement this sofa. What a creative idea and a beautiful finished product!

Vintage Hermes scarves turned pillows

More heavenly Hermes

The second sofa example shows how pillows bring a sense of warmth and coziness to a structured sofa.

A variety of sizes and colors compliment this prim, print sofa


Chestnut Hall:

For summer, designer Lana Zepponi (one of our featured FACES of Memphis) went with a garden feel here. “A pair of fresh green and white linen pillows provides color and lightness and geometry that reminds me of a garden trellis. Introducing other textures with these velvet and needlepoint pillows and a throw blanket warms up the sofa and add richness.

A neutral oatmeal sofa provides a great backdrop for changing accessories with the seasons


Post 31 Interiors:

The talented designers at Post 31 demonstrate the versatility of this neutral sofa by transforming it with two variations of pillow collections.

Here, minor changes transform the room

Watercolor pillows perfect for summer enhance the beautiful abstract art at Post 31 Germantown


Jolie Maison:

Jolie Maison shows us how thoughtfully-arranged pillows can accent without taking the focus off of the beautiful lines of these sofas.

Sofa by Hickory Chair accented with pillows available at Jolie Maison

Sofa by Century Furniture with stylish, muted pillows available at Jolie Maison


Ray & Baudoin Interior Design:

As we’ve seen, a neutral sofa provides the perfect backdrop for changing things up. This plush example looks oh-so inviting!

Kevin O’Brien pillows adorn this plush example from Ray and Baudoin


Finally, here are some examples from online sources that might help you if you’re working with a color-rich sofa or one covered in a pattern.


Elle Decor adds more color and texture to a printed sofa using these bold pillows

For a colorful sofa, keep pillows neutral but varied. Image courtesy of

With this patterned sofa, simple bolster pillows work best. Image courtesy of Anthropologie


Are you inspired to tackle your sofa now?


To see SB Nashville’s post on “Green Design: Before and After,” click here.

To see SB Louisville’s post on “The AGA Range,” click here.

To see SB Atlanta’s post on a “Spring Soiree,” click here.