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18 Fun and Affordable Pillow Combos

Photo by Tessa Neustadt for EHD

Ask anyone that doesn’t know the first thing about the job of an interior designer and they might say, they “fluff pillows” and “pick out fabrics”. And while they aren’t entirely wrong there is a lot more that goes into pulling together a room than just those two things, but the fluffing pillows part can be pretty tricky at times. Selecting the right pillows is more than just grabbing a few that look good together and calling it a day. You have to consider scale, style, pattern, texture, and size just to name a few. We have pulled together quite a few pillow combo roundups before on the blog (including our first one which walks you through our tried and tested rules for pillow styling), but we haven’t ever done it on a budget.

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Photo by Sara Tramp for EHD

And, while we love a beautiful $300 throw pillow, we also realize that might not be practical for everyone’s budget or sofa. So today we got budget friendly with this roundup and pulled together 18 guaranteed to look good pillow combos that all come in at under $100 for the entire combo (although some will need inserts – which you can use from your old pillows if they are the right size, or buy them online). Whether you are neutral, boho, eclectic, traditional or anything in between there is a pillow combo below that can work for you. Happy “fluffing” everyone.

Emily Henderson Affordable Pillow Combos Roundup1

1. Beige and Coffee Burlap Linen / Cream Kilim / Faux Leather / Triangle Lattice | 2. Blue Global Stitched / Light Grey Linen / Blue Tassel Lumbar | 3. Natural Fringed Linen / Pink TuftedAsha Embroidered Lumbar | 4. Dusky Green Tassel / Dream / Rust Lumbar | 5. Black Spot / Copper Linen / Sesame Velvet / Oversized Ivory Mongolian Faux Fur Lumbar | 6. Gold Round Velvet / Ivory Knit / Pink Striped Kilim | 7. Orange VelvetWoven Jacquard / Cosmo / Teal Round Velvet | 8. T-Pillow / Dark Grey Stripped / Are Rust / Pata | 9. Taupe Linen / Marquette Reversible PrintedCream Paisley Oversize Lumbar | 10. Plush Camel / Brown Mud ClothMoroccan Tassel Fringe Lumbar | 11. Lion Yellow Velvet / Rust Brown Patterned / Pink Cotton Canvas / Rust Lumbar | 12. Dark Blue Velvet / Blue Block Print / White Faux Fur Lumbar | 13. Dark Grey DottedIvy Fringe Striped / Grey Jute | 14. Peacock / Floral / Braided | 15. Taupe Scalloped / Ullkaktus / Green Velvet FringeJadeite Velvet Bolster | 16. Grey Striped / Linen Trimmed / French Knot | 17. Grey Solid / Black Striped / Embroidered Belgian Linen Lumbar | 18. White Pom Pom Trim / Navy TasselsOrange Diamond Skinny Lumbar

***Photos by Tessa Neustadt for EHD

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5 years ago

I just counted: I own eight of the same exact pillows on this list! Ha! CB2 is one of my favorites. The quality is super high and they come with the inserts!

5 years ago

This is the post I’ve been waiting for!! YAY pillows I can afford!

5 years ago

Etsy is my favorite place to find pillows. Sometimes I browse for new pillows for no good reason!

5 years ago

Hi Emily,

Love this post! Any idea where the barn prints are from in the first picture?


5 years ago

This blog has been killing it lately! Between the one-room-three-ways posts, the affordable sectionals one, the projector one, and now pillows… I love what this blog has been up to recently. I find it inspiring, but more than that, I find it really, really useful. Cannot praise the last couple of week’s posts enough.

The only series that I miss, if you can call it that since I don’t think there was more than maybe one post before it got discontinued, was the our-fav-rooms-from-the-past one, simply because the links in a lot of the older posts don’t work anymore because the stores no longer sell the items, and some rooms from the past were quite lovely – it’d be nice to have “new” rooms that are basically the old rooms but with links to still-available items, maybe with a slight tweak / evolution if it fits (e.g. the palm-wallpapered living room and pink accent-walled dining room, the wheelchair-friendly senior’s apartment, the old house’s mid-Cen modern living room (loved all of the iterations), the Hurricane Sandy remodel…).

Courtney Madden
5 years ago
Reply to  jessvii

Oh I’d love this too!! In some of your other posts you’ve used old rooms an example photos and I’ve found others things in those rooms I want.

5 years ago
Reply to  jessvii

I always agree with JessVII’s comments.

(I sense a theme here – we like the affordable, attainable stuff. 😉 )

The blog has been spectacular lately!

5 years ago

I too have been waiting for a post like this. Pillows seem simple but they perplex me, from exorbitant prices to combinations, I’ve always been stumped. #1 is my favorite and immediately grabbed me followed by #4, #5 and #8 in no particular order.

Maya R
5 years ago

Thank you, this is very very helpful. It would be great if there is a post for pillows- throw combination as well.

5 years ago

I love number 11 the most – it seems perfect for me. For other people’s houses, I like numbers 7, 12, 15, and 18.

Paula Carr
5 years ago

Nice! I like quite a few of these combos.

I prefer feather/down inserts, and I’ve found Crate and Barrel (probably CB2, as well) have the best insert bang for the buck. You can buy cheaper, but you’ll get accompanying lower quality. I’ve seen inserts of the Crate and Barrel quality at twice their price.

P.S. In addition to the variables you mention, I always like to try for comfort, too. If a pillow is not comfortable to sit against or pokes you in awkward ways, it’ll just end up getting tossed on the floor…and eventually to the Salvation Army.

5 years ago
Reply to  Paula Carr

I use West Elm inserts a lot too.

5 years ago

Love this post!! Especially, since I have a bit of a pillow obsession!
Thank you for these suggestions.

Katie c
5 years ago

THANK YOU!!! I love the pillow roundups but I couldn’t ever justify $100+ for ONE pillow. Keep these up!

5 years ago

Hi Emily: I’m a day late and a dollar short!! I have been searching everywhere for new throw pillows for our family room. Most all of the places that you recommended I have looked but couldn’t find what I was looking for. I finally settled on pillows from Amazon and waiting for them to be delivered. I just hope they are pretty as their pictures and will hold up. Thank you for sharing this post.

Ali blake
5 years ago
Reply to  Patty

EH… what a great resource. I’ve kind of given up on pillows bc if cost. So thankuthankuthanku.. no. 7 is my fav!! Ali B

5 years ago

I want them all!

5 years ago

Love so many of these! Really wish Target pillows came with zippers so that the covers could get washed. That’s a deal breaker for me with pets.

5 years ago

It would be nice to have all pillows in one group from same source to keep shipping costs down…
Some great combos here!

5 years ago

What a fun post, Em! You gave me some new and different ideas about combining different pillow colors, shapes and textures. Best of all, pillows I can AFFORD! I get excited with every post I receive, I KNOW I will learn something new, fun or just be whimsically entertained!
Oh! As soon as I saw pillow grouping #14, I had to HAVE it! Thx!

Sweetly Natural
5 years ago

LOVE this post!
I just began my pillow safari for Spring pillows yesterday & the timing is perfect! The pillow dilemmas can be REAL! I’ve been referring many new friends to your site lately, b/c we’ve re located to the East Coast, but I’m a West Coast girl @ heart. They all want to know why my home has such a relaxed & natural, coastal”vibe”!
Thank you!

5 years ago

I love this post, and omg, I am not a red person at all but im in love with that last pillow from Target!

Hélène Aubin
5 years ago

I’m wondering, what is the dimensions of the tulip table?
I have a tulip base and I would like to reproduce this oval form.
Thank you!

5 years ago

I’m gonna cry I’m so excited for this post! Need pillows for my EH-recommended leather sofa that’s arriving soon.

5 years ago

Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on websites I stumbleupon every day. It’s always useful to read through articles from other authors and practice something from other sites.
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Katie Tucker
5 years ago

Where did the pendant come from in the breakfast nook? I love it!

5 years ago
Reply to  Katie Tucker

I love it too!?

5 years ago

Hi!!! Please help me find the source for the pendant light in breakfast nook picture?! ??

Debbie Margulies
5 years ago

I love the fabric on the banquette cushions in the first picture here. Please please share where it is from. Thank you!!