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The "Bigger Is Better" Pillow Setup
Multiple small, decorative pillows can create a sense of visual clutter, making the room seem more jumbled than it actually is. That's why designer Rachel Ashwell recommends using fewer pillows, and going for larger sizes. Try trading in your Euro pillows (which are typically 26x26 inches) for a pair of 30-inch squares, she says, for a simple way to create a huge impact at the head of the bed. Or try an extra-large rectangle, like a body pillow, to span the width of the headboard. It can be used on its own or with two standard pillows in front of it. The best part? This option makes it easy to pull the bed together even when you don't have time to execute perfect military corners.