After weeks of debating and going back and forth, I finally pulled the trigger on a new area rug for our living room! I wanted to do a refresh on our throw pillows as well, and pull colors from the new rug so everything looks cohesive. In the past, I've always made the mistake of just buying random throw pillows without really having a plan. They never really end up matching and nothing looks planned out - because it isn't! So this time I spent (WAY too much) time and planned out the look I want, while also considering what will be most functional for us (I don't want to buy too many just to have them thrown on the floor whenever we're sitting on the couch!). See my thought process + some quick tips below!