How to Choose the Perfect Blankets
Cotton. Breathable, comfortable, cool in summer and warm in winter, a good cotton blanket or two should be a staple of any linen closet. Unless you live in a very warm climate, it's a good idea to have a lightweight version for hot days and a heavier style for cold ones. This thin cotton blanket provides just a touch of warmth on its own, and an insulating layer under a thicker comforter or coverlet.
If you want a cozier feel, go with a cotton sweater knit. The weight depends on your climate, but even a lighter version will keep you toasty.
Quilted cotton blankets, such as matelasse, are a bit more substantial, but still light enough not to feel oppressive.
Wool. Don't be put off by wool's reputation for itchiness — new weaving and processing techniques have done much to alleviate that problem, especially for good-quality versions. Wool is one of the most comfortable and versatile blanket materials on the market, providing ample warmth without extra weight. Merino versions feel luxuriously soft.
Fur. Let's be honest: Fur is as much about eye appeal as it is about warmth. But that doesn't mean