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If you're still confused about which pillows will complement your home, designer Michele Varian offers a few shopping dos and don'ts:

Lose the swatch.
"A lot of times, people bring their sofa swatches in to make exact matches between pillows and their sofa. But I don't think the eye is so sophisticated that an exact match is necessary."

Shop early.
"Another mistake people make when they buy pillows is that they wait until they're nearly finished designing a room, when they don't have a lot of juice left—financially or mentally. Start looking at pillows early, even if you can't purchase them for a while. Even more than architecture, textiles and color can transform a space. They're what we respond to first."

Buy what you love.
"What I'd like to achieve with my pillows is the antithesis of people walking around with swatches: I'd like people to purchase pillows because they love them, much in the same way a person buys a handbag or a piece of clothing because she can't live without it."
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