Have you been to The Pillow Lab? It’s the Skinny laMinx research facility, dedicated to solving urgent questions around the issue of mixing and matching pillows to perfection.
It’s important, groundbreaking work, doing fascinating research. Read on for more about what we do in the Lab:
The Lab’s research tools consist of close observation of customers’ decorating needs.
The major topic of research in the Pillow Lab is:
+ How To Mix & Match Pattern Without Getting Overwhelmed By Choice.
Our research revealed a simple, yet highly-effective solution:
+ Combine Pattern + Palette By Means of COLOUR POP PILLOWS.
Mixed with pattern, these dots and dashes of pure Skinny laMinx colour do the following:
- add pop, punctuation and panache to a pile of pillows;
- bring harmony and rhythm to a cushion composition,
- are the ace up the sleeve when making magic with Pattern + Palette.
Recent Pillow Lab research will be published in more depth shortly, but we’ve made a concise summary of our expert tips available here:
Tip #1: Find a Hero
Who is the boss of this sofa? Identify the ‘hero’ print to lead the way for your pattern & palette choices, using the hero’s colours and energy as a starting point for the rest of your decisions.
Here, the Roof Garden print in Cairo sets up the shell, persimmon and cocoa palette choices, which is underlined by the use of Colour Pop Pillows.
Tip #2: Stick with a style
Don’t mix too many pattern styles & palette notes. Colour Pop Pillows help create conversations between patterns.
Here, the palette is pretty monochrome, with just the lemon centre and round shapes in the Flower Fields ‘hero’ print being echoed by the round Colour Pop Pillow in lemon
Tall Protea and Brancusi Stripe patterns establish a steady vertical energy.
Tip #3: Balance Energies
Horizontal & vertical lines bring in stability and a steadying energy (see example 2 above). Too much directional movement or colour can create visual disruption.
Here, the vertical and horizontal stripes all create a soothing, steady feel, and the solid blues of the two Colour Pop Pillows anchor the colour scheme.
Tip #4: Odds Beat Evens
Use odd numbers to set up visually interesting rhythms & colour conversations.
Here, the layout is pretty formal, and could seem stilted and a bit dull without the fun energy of the 5th pillow in the Roof Garden print to shake things up a bit.
Tip #5: Sizes Matter
A row of pillows all the same size is the sofa visual equivalent of muzak. Use a mix of sizes to add bass, treble & rhythm to your sofa symphony.
Tip #6: Ignore Advice
Trust your gut and experiment wildly with the Palette + Pattern that you love!