This Trend Will Have You Saying Bye to the Avalanche of Pillows on Your Bed

published Jul 16, 2023
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A bohemian bedroom with a bolster pillow on the bed
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I love buying throw pillows. The more pillows, the better, in my opinion. They’re an easy way to decorate your home, and they can also change up your aesthetic instantly and make your space feel fun and fresh. But as I accumulate more and more pillows, the lack of bed and couch space becomes a problem. Plus, when I don’t have the energy to arrange a dozen cushions, I often leave them in a giant pile on the floor. That’s why I was excited to see the return of the bolster pillow — only with a twist.

Bolster pillows, which have a long, cylindrical shape, are great for decorating. Similar to a lumbar pillow, they can be used for back support, so they’re typically firmer than the average pillow or cushion. This time around, though, bolsters have been super-sized for a one-and-done touch anywhere you’d normally pile on on the pillows. Throw an extra-wide design across your bed or sofa like a centerpiece, or pick a smaller style to do same thing on an accent chair. In general, for the price, you get a lot of surface area for pattern and texture in one convenient pillow package with bolsters.

The best part, though, in my opinion? With an oversized bolster pillow, making the bed in the morning is quicker than ever, and the end result looks modern and polished. Below, shop 10 of my favorite trendy bolster pillows that just may leave you wanting to part ways with your giant pile of throw pillows for good.

1 / 10

If you’re looking for an oversized bolster pillow with punch, this geometric print pillow is for you. It can easily fit into a variety of decor styles, and the bright colors will liven up your space.

2 / 10
Lulu and Georgia

This bolster pillow perfectly encapsulates modern luxury. Created in collaboration with Sarah Sherman Samuel, a Los Angeles-based interior designer, the Painterly Stripe Linen Long Bolster Pillow will bring a balanced pop of color — and a pretty painterly striped pattern — to your bed or sofa.

3 / 10
West Elm

The dynamic geometric pattern of this Maya Triangle Bolster Pillow Cover will add warmth to your bed or couch. Designed by Leah Singh and handcrafted in India, this pillow merges modern colors and motifs with age-old craftsmanship and techniques.

4 / 10

Who doesn’t love the texture of cozy shag? This plush pillow will warm up the ambiance in any room. Plus, at this price, you can buy a couple without breaking the bank and line them up to fake one longer pillow.

5 / 10

The Deane Throw Pillow from AllModern comes in six bold color options: red, pink, green, blue, cream, and gray. In addition to being trendy and stylish, the soft, velvet appearance will be the perfect accent piece for any room in the home. I’d try this as a one-and-done on an armless accent chair.

6 / 10
World Market

This pick pairs ultra-soft, cuddly fabric with the pattern that won’t quit: checkerboard. Use this bolster solo on a chair in any room that skews boho or maximalist.

7 / 10
was $291.17

The Poly and Bark Napa Leather Bolster Pillows are made of supple Italian tanned leather upholstery and matching leather piping. Use it to decorate a leather sofa or armchair — or to add a touch of sophistication to any room.

8 / 10
Serena & Lily
was $228.00

I love the bold, bright blue colorway of Serena & Lily’s Bowden Pillow Cover. Plus, the fringe trim is so fun — especially on a sofa or bed, where it’ll introduce another texture to the mix without taking up any additional space. Just don’t forget to also buy an insert to pair with it!

9 / 10
One Kings Lane
was $145.00

Bolster pillows aren’t just for indoor decoration; they can also be used to accent outdoor furniture, too. The Willa 9x18 Bolster Outdoor Pillow from One Kings Lane can be used inside and out. Let the sunny color and stripes perk up your patio.

10 / 10
was $127.99

If you’re looking for a traditional way to try this trend, Loom Decor’s linen oversized bolster might be your best match. It’d look lovely with floral bedding or a ticking stripe.