Pillow Talk 101

When it comes to choosing pillows for your home, there are tons of options out there. Choosing the right ones can be a really fun process but it can also be overwhelming. So, anytime you are searching for the right throw pillows, or having custom pillows made, it is important to know the correct lingo of the trade otherwise you may not end up with what you want. Here is a list of some of the terminology that us designers use to help you out:

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Knife Edge: This is the most basic type of seam for a pillow. The two sides of the pillow meet at the seam without any type of embellishment.

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Self Welt: This is also a very basic type of pillow, but it is a little dressier than the knife edge. Here, there is a welt around the edge of the pillow where the two sides meet that is done in the same fabric as the pillow itself.

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Contrast Welt: This is the same thing as the self welt pillow except that the welt is done in a different fabric from the rest of the pillow.

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Self Flange: This is also very similar to the self welt pillow in that the flange is made from the same fabric as the rest of the pillow. A flange is a flap of fabric that runs along the perimeter of a pillow, these can be small (like above) or wide.

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Contrast Flange: Again, this is similar to the self flange pillow, except that the flange is made from a different fabric than the rest of the pillow.

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Scalloped Flange: This means that the flange around the pillow is scalloped. It can be a self or contrast flange.

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Fringe: This type of pillow has regular fringe around the perimeter of the pillow. This is a very traditional style of pillow.

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Bolster Pillow: These are long round pillows, smaller ones are also known as neck roll pillows.

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Envelope Closure: This means that the pillow is closed like an envelope rather than all sides being sewn shut. This type of closure is great for decorative bed pillows because you can easy remove the covers and wash them.

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Button Closure: This is exactly like what it sounds, this type of pillow is closed with buttons. (I actually have these pillows in blue on my bed and love them)

Who knew that there were so many types of pillows?! Using pillows as accessories in you home can be a really great way to add interest and color to your spaces. I really hope that this list of terms will help you next time you are on the hunt for the perfect pillow.