From their basic use as bed accessories, pillows have little by little become true decorative elements, used to achieve some unique artistic effects in almost any room of the house. Accent pillows for instance are definitely a patch of color and a true comfort, not to mention that they usually carry unique features that makes them stand out: there is embroidery, special soft materials used in the design, and even theme concepts added to them.
Thus, accent pillows work absolutely fabulous for decorating an Arabian Nights room, or a Turkish bedroom of exotic softness. For such occasions, pillows are well matched with special thin and semi-transparent silk drapes and with low-leveled beds. Moreover, these are not the only ways to enhance a special atmosphere in your home: the holidays, particularly Christmas is a great time to use special accent pillows.
Embroidered holiday messages, Santa pictures, soft materials in matching colors truly complete the magic of Christmas; you can actually welcome and surprise your guests with the velveteen pillows that have a message for everybody's heart. Accent pillows can be propped on couches, armchairs, beds or even directly on the floor, creating a soft family mood where everybody feels comfortable.
You may even design your own accent pillows at home, since they are pretty easy to make. All you'd need is some soft material such as velvet and some polyester or wool for the pillow filling; as for embroidery, that could be the most difficult to make in case you are not a crochet fan too. The colors of the accent pillows need to be either identical, or closely similar to the rest of the room atmosphere.
Contrasting colors are not the best idea of all, unless you've got some really special visual effects in mind; but in order to achieve such color interplays you'd definitely need tons of experience in house decorations. Anyway, the texture and the material of the accent pillows is equally important: for instance silk doesn't match well with a leather sofa for instance, nor does velvet. Therefore, be very careful about the dressing of the accent pillows as it needs to match with the rest of the furniture.
When purchasing the accent pillows it is very important to learn details on the cleaning procedure; most items have detachable dressings, but what if they don't? Hence, either ask for instructions at the shop where you purchased them, or take the accent pillows to a professional in the cleaning business: they should actually know whether your decorative items require regular washing or dry cleaning.