I recently read an article from Business of Home regarding to chop or not chop pillows. There is a quite debate between two designers, Kesha Franklin and Joy Moyler on their opinion for this topic. I find it is a quite interesting because I often have quite different reactions from my clients whether or not to chop their pillows. Before we go to the details on the debate, let’s take a look what are the looks of chopping and non-chopping.
Hope you enjoy all of these beautifully-styled pillow looks. So, here is the debate from the two designers:
Green Brook, New JerseyKesha FranklinBrittany Ambridge
I’m a tailored girl who loves structure, symmetry and balance, so the chop is always a must for me. The right accent pillows can evoke comfort and luxury. They give the room a feeling of completion. Pillows serve the purpose of a layered accent piece, and I look at them as one of the jewelry pieces that adorn the room. They also add a pop of color or pattern into the design. The chop adds shape and dimension to the pillow, and creates uniformity when displaying multiple pillows together. I can appreciate a casual room design with pillows that haven’t been given a good “chop of love,” but for me, chopping the pillows adds an elevated feeling if the room is designed to feel sophisticated and luxurious. It shows that no detail has been missed. Oh, how I love the chop—let me count the ways! Try a little chop once in a while. If nothing else, it’s a good way to release some tension!
Joy Moyler Interiors
New Rochelle, New YorkJoy MoylerCourtesy of Joy Moyler
Pillows provide another decorative layer in a room, presenting an opportunity to introduce a new texture or pattern, but they also make a room feel comfortable. I use cushions in a casual way—on beds, on sofas and in reading nooks, they invite you to curl up with a book or catch up on conversation. Organized-but-approachable is my “cushion lane.” I prefer several that beckon you to sit and relax. But chopped pillows don’t beckon. Instead, they add a strange, contrived geometry to a space—like they are trying to create geometry when real architecture doesn’t exist. Most gravely, the chopped pillow isn’t inviting. It is standoffish—it says, “Don’t sit here unless you can maintain this form throughout your entire conversation and fix me the second you get up.” It’s as simple as this: A cushion is called a cushion for a reason. For the spaces I create, the unchopped pillow removes any unnecessary severity. In my home, onions get chopped, not pillows—but chopped pillows make me cry too.
Our Opinion: We definitely love the chopped pillow look since it gives a more formal and tailored look and all of the pillows will get loose eventually after we use them for a period of time . So, by chopping these pillows, we will make them more structured, plum and pouffy again.
But at the end of the day it really depends on clients’ preference and we will make sure we ask our client’s preference first.
So what is your opinion? Maybe it isn’t matter chop or no-chop and what really matters are a good design, craftsmanship and well-made inserts.
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