Choosing The Right Throw Pillows for a Gray Couch

I recently joined Bridget in the “gray couch club” and I’m a very excited member. We are loving our new sectional (read more about it here), and are obsessed with the style, color, and overall look of this piece of furniture. But when we got the new couch, I was at a loss as to what pillows I should use on it.

couch-pillows-family-roomSince my old couch was white, I mostly had gray pillows on it. But with a new gray couch my current pillows were getting completely lost and didn’t add much of anything to the space. Gray on gray = not the best look.

couch-family-room-built-insSo I donated most of my gray ones (or moved them to other spaces in the house), and I’ve slowly been incorporating new ones into our family room. I “stole” the navy pillows from my guest room, but want to find some new pillows for the couch so the navy can head back to their home.

Because Bridget has had a gray couch for quite some time now, I’ve been asking her for advice on what colors, patterns, and textures work well with that color palette. Here’s how she tackles her family room space. couch-throw-pillows-4

Bridget’s Couch Pillow Stylefamilyroom_no_coffee_table

I tend to gravitate towards neutral pillows for our gray couch, and I love the light gray base because it’s so versatile. Right now I have a lot of off whites, creams, tans, and gold on our couch and I love the simple look.

When I’m in the mood for a little change (i.e. during the holidays), this couch color will adapt to whatever color(s) or neutrals I pair with it.

neutral-couch-pillows-blanketBut like I mentioned in this post, my couch is definitely imperfect and has seen some wear and tear after using it everyday for the past 4 years! So I love to layer lots of pillows and blankets on it to hide some of those imperfections. While all of those layers do a great job at masking some of the slouchy cushions or extra worn-out areas, they also make the space look and feel a heck of a lot more cozy.familyroom_no_coffee_table-2

This photo is not a staged photo because the pillows and blankets honestly look like this everyday. If we lay on the couch at night or even sneak in a nap throughout the weekend, we don’t hesitate to grab these throw blankets.Pillows Couch

They are all from HomeGoods and we love them because they’re functional but also stylish and affordable. Because they’re affordable and can easily be switched out every few years, we aren’t shy about using them. I never want to splurge so much on an item that I can’t use it and this couch is no exception.

Here are some more tips we both follow when it comes to shopping for throw pillows…

Tips for Choosing Throw Pillows for your CouchChoosing the perfect pillows

  • Choose a Cohesive Color Palette: You’re setting yourself up for pillow success if you choose a color scheme and stick with it. Whether it’s cool tones or warm tones…choose a general color palette and be sure to find deep & light tones within that scheme. That doesn’t mean that you want 10 blue pillows, but choosing ones with the same tones (& maybe even multi-colored ones that feature colors from your palette) will go a long way in creating a cohesive look. Also, leave room for a few neutral pillows too. maggie bathroom
  • Add Texture: This is one that many people neglect when it comes to choosing throw pillows. Texture is a must and will add so much to a space. Don’t just think about pattern, color, and size…texture is just as important. Try a knit pillow, a beaded pillow, or even suede or velvet.couch-throw-pillows-1
  • Keep Scale in Mind: You certainly don’t want your pillows to all be the exact same size. Instead include a variety on your sectional for the best look. We suggest going with some standard square pillows (18×18), an oversized pillow (24×24), and a lumbar pillow…but this will depend on the size of your couch. No matter what, add a variety of sizes!couch-throw-pillows-4
  • Incorporate a Variety of Patterns: It’s important to add in some pattern and to vary the scale of them. A large-scale pattern, with a tight pattern will keep things looking interesting without being too chaotic.imperfect_couch_pillows_gif
  • Hide Imperfections: If you have an older (or slouchy!) couch, layer in pillows and blankets to hide its imperfections until you save up enough money to buy the next one. You’d be surprised at what a difference this can make and how much better your couch looks with these cozy accessories.

Favorite Throw Pillows

While I absolutely love Bridget’s warm whites and creams on her sofa, I’m planning to go in a different direction for my couch. Incorporating a mix of black, white, cognac, and navy is my gameplan.couch-throw-pillows-5I’m planning to keep this black and cream one that I picked up from HomeGoods, but will probably upgrade the rest with some of these options below.


1. Gray Striped // 2. Navy Velvet // 3. Suede Tassel // 4. White Cable-knit
5 Navy Triangles  // 6. Black & White Design // 7. Black & White Lumbar (this one is nice too!) // 8. Macrame

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with photos of the new pillows I go with and more of a completed space! I’m excited with how our family room is turning out and love spending time making thoughtful decisions when it comes to accessories.

If you’re looking for more tips when it comes to choosing pillows, be sure to check out this post.casey_sig


  • I also switched from a white couch to a grey one and had to take off all the throw pillows because they no longer worked. It was something I didn’t think would be such a big deal, but the struggle is real. I love your suggestions! (Cognac? Wow! Wasn’t even on my radar even though it’s my bae) Thanks for the inspiration and renewed motivation to finally tackle my bare and under cozy grey couch.

    • Terianne, I’m so happy I’m not alone! I too figured all of my old pillows could easily transition to the new couch. Wrong! I’m loving cognac these days too…can’t wait to add in some elements of the color.

  • Great post! I also have a grey sectional, and have been pondering my throw pillow situation. I currently have many of the elements you talk about (#throwpillowformula) and it looks great, but I want to change up the color scheme, which is currently tealish blue with mustard yellow as my bold accent. We have had this pillow arrangement for about 4 years and I feel like it’s time for a refresh! I love all of your suggestions and you have totally inspired me! I am going to play around with a polyvore mood board, the use of which I also learned from you two lovely ladies! You two are my decorating Jedi masters!

    • Decorating Jedi Masters….now that is a first! Ha! We will take it. A little pillow refresh is always exciting. I’m sure it will make your room feel completely different 🙂

  • This was great! We are buying our first couch this spring (after 11 years with a hand me down) and now I’m strangely excited to rearrange and rework pillows throughout the whole house!

    • That is so exciting Diana! Have so much fun shopping