A well-placed throw can make all the difference in making your home feel cozy and inviting. While a warm blanket is a great winter companion, it can also double as a decorative accent, especially since they come in bright colors and interesting patterns. Placing a graphic throw on a neutral sofa does wonders for the energy of a room. Whether you're looking for a practical or decorative blanket, here are a few things you should consider.
What kind of throw do I need?
The type of throw you end up with is often dictated by its function. If you have kids and love to snuggle and eat in front of the TV, you'll want a washable, cotton-based or dark-colored throw that can withstand heavy (and messy) use. If you live in an area with colder winters and need a warm blanket, opt for a heavier wool material with a woven or knitted design. For a more decorative, but less functional, throw, opt for a delicate, luxurious cashmere.
Where should I place blankets and bed throws?
Even though you want to have plenty of blankets handy for those cold winter nights, you don't want to overload your spaces with too much fabric. One of the best places to add a throw is draped over a living room sofa. Adding sofa throws to each of your sofas, or even an armchair, can make a room feel cozy and make blankets easily accessible. If you prefer a clean-lined, clutter-free feel, you can always hide blankets in a storage ottoman, basket or bin.
On top of your living room and family room, you should also add blankets to the foot of every bed. That way, visiting guests and family members won't need to search the linen closet when they get the chills in the middle of the night. It's also helpful to have blankets where you tend to relax and nap, like a daybed or reading spot.
What style blanket works for my space?
Throws are an easy to way to add nice pops of color to a space, so take the time to find one that matches and enhances your decor. Solid blankets in vibrant tones are often popular choices, especially since large furniture items are frequently neutral in color. You can also find a throw with a bold pattern, as long as you don't have too many other contrasting prints in the space. Consider your other furniture and decorative accents before buying a throw to ensure it blends it and doesn't stand out.
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