You can also have too few pillows, which can give your room a cold, sterile look. One pillow on a large sofa or king-size bed, for example, is definitely too few. You would only ever have a single pillow on a statement chair or a single bed.
Does the Filling Matter?
Yes. Pillows are only as good as their inserts. Foam inserts can distort the shape of the fabric and make a pillow look boxy. Feather or down inserts are best. They will make your pillows look beautiful and, with proper care, will last a long time.
What’s ‘The Chop’?
“Chopping” pillows in the center with the side of your arm (like a karate chop) pushes the filling out to the corners and gives the pillow a nice plumpness. You can only do the chop on pillows with feather inserts; it doesn’t work with foam. Hence the importance of high-quality inserts (or fillings). Note that not everyone likes the look, especially when done uniformly on a number of pillows in the room.