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Finding the right sofa can sometimes be a pain. Finding the right sofa for under $1000 can be even more of a pain. And styling a sofa with the right pillows can be the worst of it all! We quickly put together our top four sofas for under $1000. We also gave you a variety of pillows that you can style on any of these sofas. Life is hard enough, so let us make the sofa shopping easier for you!

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Patterned Pillow, Blush PinkGrey Graphics PillowYellow PillowBlush PillowMarble Pillow

 
July 12, 2016

Decorating with black via Simply Grove

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For those who know me well, it’s no secret that I love the color black. Seriously, I loooovvvvveeee it. It’s in heavy rotation in my closet. It’s peppered throughout my home. It’s how I take my coffee.

There’s just something about black that always works so well. It’s saturated, striking, and instantly modern. Whenever I need to add a dramatic element to any space, it’s one of the first color choices I consider. I feel like a lot of people tend to shy away from black because it’s just “too much”, but I’m telling you…you just need to go for it. Need a few examples for inspiration? Look no further…

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Image: The Brick House

Nothing makes my heart happier than a black brick fireplace set against bright white walls. In fact, I have this exact scenario happening in my own living room. Paired with natural wood floors, this color choice is a no-brainer.

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Black ceilings, anyone? I know, sounds a little scary when you just say it but seeing is believing. Personally, I think this is a great choice for basements, considering dark ceilings help to create a cozy, den-like feel. Two recommendations when going this route: keep the walls white and the floors light.

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Image: Amber Interiors

Yes, black can work in a bathroom! Even a small one, at that. Just be sure that you have adequate lighting from a well-placed window. White and brass accents are a must.

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I’ve never met a black kitchen cabinet that I didn’t like. In a high-traffic zone notorious for spills, stains, and fingerprints, black is honestly one of the best color choices out there. Plus, it just looks SO darn good with other natural wood elements.

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This. Entryway. Using a contrasting black under the chair rail is a brilliant move. And don’t even get me started on that black door. The result is unexpected, yet so very sophisticated. Heart emojis, all the way.

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How to style your sofa with throw pillows via simply grove

Have you ever bought a throw pillow on clearance at Target without knowing what you were going to do with it or where you were going to display it? Come on. Be honest. We all have! If I showed you my pillow closet, you might think less of me. It’s full of patterned pillows, solid pillows, textured pillows…you just never know when you’re going to do a pillow. Am I right or am i right??

Recently we were at my friend Kate’s house for another photo shoot, and I noticed that she had some fantastic pillows lying around. So I decided to do a little pillow shoot to show you how you can style all of your pillows that you have hiding in those closets. Read more below.

How to style your sofa with throw pillows via simply grove

How to style your sofa with throw pillows via simply grove

 1. Mixing patterns and textures.

You can easily use a pattern, a solid and a highly textured pillow to bring interest to your sofa. Size matters so make sure that whatever pillow that you place behind the second pillows is larger so that they layer correctly. Stripes is always a great option to mix with solids and patterns. It’s classic and neutral. Make sure that the patterns on the pillows have similar colors with the sofa or at least complimentary colors.

How to style your sofa with throw pillows via simply grove

How to style your sofa with throw pillows via simply grove

2. Display in odds.

I typically use the general rule of styling in odds to stay away from a space looking to perfect. It breaks things up and allows for some personality. For the sofa, I tend to use either 3 pillows or 5 pillows. If you are wanting a more lush look, choose 5. Make sure that you choose a nice variety of colors, patterns and textures.

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3. Display in the center. 

The center of the sofa rarely gets any love. Why not display a small collection in the middle to create a fun, out of the box look. Choose three very different pillows that all coordinate well together. That can usually happen by choosing complimentary colors.

How to style your sofa with throw pillows via simply grove

How to style your sofa with throw pillows via simply grove

4. Display all on one side.

Just like displaying in the center, display all on one specific side. Choose pillows that are larger scale and similar in shape for a more defined look. Also, pay attention to size. If your sofa is super deep, start with big, dense 20×20 pillows and if you’re styling a small love seat, use smaller sized pillows.

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5. Keep it simple. 

If you want to really showcase your sofa, keep your pillows simple and neutral. Adding just two is all that you need. It adds just enough warmth.

How to style your sofa with throw pillows via simply grove

How to style your sofa with throw pillows via simply grove

6. Use one statement pillow.

Do you have that one pillow that stands out among the rest? Display it with neutral pillows so that it stands out. If you are wanting a more bohemian look, you can most definitely use several statement pillows to create an eclectic array.

There’s really no rule for displaying pillows. Hopefully this post can help you start a design, and then you can take it from there and make a magical sofa!

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Spotlight: Tessa Neustadt via Simply Grove

Talk to any good interior designer and they will be quick to tell you that when it comes to showcasing their talents via blog, portfolio, magazine, etc., their work is only as good as the images presented. Of course, the design can be spot on…but if the lighting is off or the composition is lacking, it just doesn’t translate well to the consumer. Enter Tessa Neustadt, one of my fave photographers in the interior design world. You may have seen Tessa’s work for the equally talented Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors, but she’s also worked with the likes of Sarah Sherman Samuel and Emily Henderson, to name a few. Even in taking a quick peek at her portfolio, you’ll notice that she has the ability to make any space feel open, airy, and expansive. And, let’s be honest, her lighting is downright phenomenal.

If you’re new to Tessa’s amazing work, I’ve included a few of my favorites below. But be sure to check out the rest of her portfolio here. You won’t regret it!

Spotlight: Tessa Neustadt via Simply Grove

Spotlight: Tessa Neustadt via Simply Grove

Spotlight: Tessa Neustadt via Simply Grove

*All images courtesy of Tessa Neustadt.

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