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Pillow shams are decorative cases that snugly accommodate a pillow, and are available in various sizes and designs. Whether you're looking for simple pillow shams or elaborately-designed options, the internet and furnishing stores in your city, are replete with options that will accentuate your bed and amplify your bedroom's d├ęcor. Just remember that a pillow sham should ideally blend in with the theme of a bedroom, or at least complement its many elements.

Whether it's the blanket, bed sheet, or duvet, a pillow sham ideally matches one or all of these additions to make it stand out, but not in a ghastly manner. It also protects the underlying pillows meant for sleeping, from dust, dirt, and other things that it is exposed to otherwise. For cleaner pillowcases, conceal them under the bed sheet by pulling the covers over the pillows and sandwiching the fabric under the mattress, before placing the pillow shams neatly over them.

Pillow Sham Options

Pillow shams come in a variety of sizes, so choosing the right one is crucial when placing them on a bed. Depending on the size of the bed, including the theme and colors of the bedroom, make a conscious choice of what you'd like to decorate your bed with. There are six pillow types available in the market: King-size, queen-size, standard, travel, square, and Euro. Each one has its own set of dimensions that require inspection prior to buying them.

Laced
Who doesn't love lace, right? Depending on the underlying color and design, lace-work can seriously turn any pillow sham that carries an elegant design, into a dainty work of art. The intricacy and lightness of the design will work wonders for a room that imbues a feminine edge.

Painted
Loud, abstract, quirky, and artistic designs come to the fore, with hand-painted artwork that is specially made from loving hands that know no boundaries when it comes to one's creative streak. Whether it's dramatic textual work or humorous comic-strip depictions, there's nothing you can't find when it comes to this alternative. For a bedroom that holds an eruption of color in every direction, a just-as-vibrant pillow sham set will definitely keep things alive and groovy. You can downplay the colors you sport on your bed by opting for hand-painted designs that aren't over-the-top colorful, but in a watercolor palette that is still very much vibrant yet gentle on the eyes.

Crocheted
If you've browsed the DIY section on Pinterest for hours on end, you'll know just how awesome crochet-work is. It's not something that is still referred to as an old hag's idea of a hobby, but a much-loved creative outlet to produce sensational versions of everyday accessories. Pillow shams made from crocheting are an unbelievably cool option for fun individuals who feed off DIY projects. Quilting is also a trending option.

Embellished
Sequins, beads, ruffles, tassels, and the like, can be experimented with to produce a one-of-a-kind pillow sham design. While it may border on tacky, it is nonetheless doable, given the fact that an aesthetic sense of what kind of design works for a bed, is a must. Don't choose something that looks like it went throw a mincer, producing a mutant result of beads, sequin, and other random additions, all in one design. Opt for a pillow sham that uses one kind of embellishment against a muted color palette, or complementary embellishments that don't tip over to the ugly side.