5 Best Throw Pillow Styles for a Colorful Mid-Century Sofa

Lots of people are opting for colorful sofas lately, and I love it! This look can be super modern or whimsically retro.

But if you do go for a huge pop of color sofa—say, orange—how should you style it? Which styles of throw pillows look best on an orange sofa?

I got my orange couch reupholstered this year, and I’ve been testing out modern throw pillow combos. Check out the pics below to find pillow colors and styles for your colorful mid-century sofa.

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Light and Bright Starburst Pillows

Using lighter, neutral colored pillows can balance out a vibrant sofa. I love how the creamy off white looks against the orange.

Light and bright starburst pillows look great on an orange sofa

And it’s even better if you can find a way to tie in some mid-century modern starbursts, like this. Pair it with a neutral linen pillow. Don’t forget a pillow insert as needed.

Atomic starburst pillow
Gray linen throw pillow
Atomic starburst modern throw pillow

Scandi Black and White Pillows

Using all black and white pillows can modernize the look of your mid-century sofa, giving it a simple Scandinavian vibe.

Simple Scandi black and white pillows

Related: See the ultimate guide to mid-century modern decor

This black and white pillow cover set would be perfect with a strong color like orange. Or try this pair of geometric pillow covers.

Modern black and white geometric throw pillows
Black and white throw pillow covers

Groovy ‘70s Brown Throw Pillows

Groovy '70s brown throw pillows

You could also lean into the retro look and channel the 1970s with an orange and brown color combo. Layer a few brown linen pillows, and throw in a fun accent pillow.

Brown linen throw pillows
Log accent pillow

Hip Kitty Throw Pillows

Mod atomic kitty throw pillows on a mid-century couch

Every room needs cats! If you don’t want to tone down the orange but instead want to add even more color and whimsy, pile on the kitty throw pillows.

Modern cat throw pillow
Pillow with cat reading a book

Mod Orla Kiely Throw Pillows

This is the pillow combo I chose for my couch. You can check out more photos in my sofa reupholstery article.

Mod Orla Kiely stem throw pillow on an orange sofa

I knew I wanted to use this Orla Kiely multi stem pillow. I LOVE Orla. The colors on this pillow help tie in the sofa with the rest of my decor. I also added a pair of soft yellow pillows to keep the look bright, cheerful and fun ‘60s mod.

For the blankets, I chose this sherpa fleece and this woven throw, both with an off white and taupe color combo. They provide a neutral complement to this otherwise very colorful couch.

Orla Kiely bird pillow
Soft yellow throw pillows

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2 thoughts on “5 Best Throw Pillow Styles for a Colorful Mid-Century Sofa”

  1. They are all great combos but the one you chose is my favorite. You can always change it up from time to time with the others if you want to. (Love the “new” orange couch….looks great and very comfy!)

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