Living in a White Box: Personalized Pillows

For the entire time I've lived on my own, it's been in an apartment. Throughout these 16 years, I've tried many methods of decorating within the limits of a rented home. One method has proven to be a winner time & time again: decorating with pillows. Pillows are a simple yet significant way to add color, pattern, and texture to your space. But my favorite aspect of pillows is how they allow you to personalize your space. I love to decorate with unique items and pillows are one way I've achieved this. Living in a White Box Personalized Pillows apartment rental home decorating tips unique creative customized roundup The Decor Guru Read along for different ideas on how to customize your rented (or permanent!) home with pillows.

First things first: to save money on the fabulous pillows you’ll create, making your own pillow covers is key. If you sew, check out my easy DIY pattern for envelope pillow covers.

DIY ENVELOPE PILLOW COVER tutorial pattern The Decor Guru Living in a White Box Personalized Pillows unique creative customized roundup

No sewing machine? No worries. Check out this tutorial from Carmel at Our Fifth House to learn how to create no-sew pillow covers.

no sew pillow cover tutorial by Our Fifth House Living in a White Box Personalized Pillows unique creative customized roundup The DIY Homegirl

Abstract patterns are a great, modern option for pillows. Learn how to create this watercolor effect with bleach in this tutorial from Angela from The Interior Project.

watercolor bleach pillow tutorial by The Interior Project Living in a White Box Personalized Pillows unique creative customized roundup The DIY Homegirl

Sometimes the smallest details really make a piece stand out, like contrasting piping on a pillow. Check out this tutorial on how to make and attach piping from Lauren at A Lo and Behold Life.

Contrasting pillow piping tutorial by A Lo and Behold Life Living in a White Box Personalized Pillows unique creative customized roundup The DIY Homegirl

Trim and ribbon are super cost-effective ways to update your pillows and space. Take a look at the pillow Gwen from The Makerista created by sewing pom-pom trim to the front.

Pom-pom trim by The Makerista Living in a White Box Personalized Pillows unique creative customized roundup The DIY Homegirl

If you’ve got crochet skills, Elizabeth from About Crochet has a cool tutorial for how to crochet color block pillow covers.

Fashion is a great way to express ourselves, so extend that expression by using a favorite piece of clothing, such as a scarf or T-shirt. When my Ganesh T-shirt became unwearable, I upcycled it into a pillow cover.

Ganesh upcycled T shirt pillow cover Living in a White Box Personalized Pillows unique creative customized roundup The Decor Guru

Monograms are a classic form of personalizing your decor. Check out this no-sew method for adding a monogram to your pillow at Josie Jones + Co.

DIY fabric monogram tutorial no sew pillow Josie Jones and Co Living in a White Box Personalized Pillows unique creative customized roundup The DIY Homegirl

Paint is another useful tool in customizing your decor, since you can create any color or design you wish. Micaela from Drifter and the Gypsy shows you how to create this fantastic geometric pattern on a pillow.

If painting is not your thing, consider transferring a unique image to your pillow. Learn how to transfer a photo with Mod Podge in this tutorial by Shannon from Madigan Made.

DIY vintage image photo transfer pillow Mod Podge tutorial by Madigan Made Living in a White Box Personalized Pillows unique creative customized roundup The DIY Homegirl

Do you love pillows as much as I do? If so, how do you use pillows to personalize your home? Do you have a favorite method for creating a pillow?

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6 Comments on Living in a White Box: Personalized Pillows

  1. There are some great ideas here! I love that bandanna pillow:)

  2. Great tutorials. I love making my own pillows and it’s great to see other ideas. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

  3. Everything in one place. When I pull my sewing machine out I’m going to be a pillow cover factory. Thanks for the photos and info. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  4. Those are all really great! Pillows is one of the ways I personalized the living room in my apartment too, its super easy but really adds pizzaz. Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday.

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