Add an element of luxury to your bedroom with pillow shams. These decorative pillowcases bring depth, texture and color to your bedding.
Uses for Pillow Shams
Although pillow shams can be slept on, they’re more commonly used as bedding decor. Use them on extra bed pillows that you remove for sleeping. Shams are made from fabric that’s thicker than typical pillowcases. They have a tuck flap on the back, and some have a decorative flange, ruffles or cording on all four sides. This allows them to completely cover the pillow and add a polished look to the bed. Like pillowcases, shams are removable and machine washable.
Choosing Pillow Shams
Consider the following elements when looking for pillow shams:
● Design and Color. Decorative pillow shams are often designed in artistic, tasteful prints like paisleys, florals and pinstripes. Choose a floral bedding set to get everything you need, including a comforter and matching floral shams. Or go with a solid color for balance. Consider classic white pillow shams for an all-white bed.
● Size. Stack different sizes of pillows at the head of your bed for a luxurious look. Create dimension by placing king shams in the back and pillows with standard shams in front. European pillow shams are typically square and can be arranged along the headboard behind other pillows or as accents in the front.
● Material. Choose fabrics that match your other bedding. Cotton and linen pillow shams are the most common and are easy to care for. Quilted pillow shams can add a thicker, textural element to your bedroom decor.
Pillow shams are sold separately or in sets of two. Some styles have a separate but matching comforter or duvet cover. Choose a coordinated set or mix and match for an eclectic look.