Sometimes, all you need at night, whether in bed or snuggled up on a couch with a good book, is a comfortable blanket or throw. Blankets and throws provide that warmth and cosiness that makes you feel like you’re home.
But what’s the best blanket for winter or summer? And what exactly is the difference between blankets and throws? We lay it all out for you in this simple guide.
These terms are often used interchangeably, and yet blankets and throws can serve quite different purposes. One is typically used to serve as a duvet replacement, while the other has a more versatile purpose.
Blankets are thinner and are designed to cover the full extent of a typical mattress, with enough spare to drape down all the sides to cover the mattress.
Throws are smaller and available in a range of sizes. Their purpose is all in the name; you can throw them over your bed, your couch, your dining room chairs, or even over your shoulders for some extra warmth on those chilly days.
Sometimes, a duvet is just too heavy in summer, which makes a lightweight blanket - or an even thinner throw - the perfect solution. The material of your blanket has a lot to do with how comfortable you’ll be in muggy weather.
Cotton or linen throws are the perfect solution for those hot summer nights. These natural fibres are soft but breathable. They both soften in the wash and are easy to care for, though new linen can wrinkle in the beginning.
Linen throws also do a great job of wicking away moisture and dispelling heat, making them great for those extra balmy nights.
Fibres made from animal wool make the best blankets and throws for winter. This includes wool, cashmere, and alpaca. These are generally breathable materials that provide welcome insulation on cool nights.
Sheep’s wool makes one of the warmest blankets and can be machine washable, while cashmere is the more luxurious choice.
Made from goat’s wool, cashmere is lightweight, but offers an amazing amount of warmth. However, it’s not as easy to clean, often requiring dry cleaning.
Alpaca wool provides a silky smooth finish with a lightweight design. And yet it does a wonderful job of keeping you cosy. Alpaca throws can be packed up nice and small to take on outdoor adventures with you.
Fleece is another blanket material that works wonders in winter. Arguably the warmest type of blanket fabric, fleece is warm but lightweight, making it a popular option particularly for kids.
Buying a blanket should be as easy as choosing a pattern and a colour you love. But when you finally take it into your bedroom and find that your earthy-coloured Aztec print throw doesn’t match your pastel, Scandi-designed bedroom, you know you’ve got a problem.
Matching your blanket to your existing bedroom colours can be tricky. But there are a few tricks to help you find the perfect blanket to match your bedroom colour scheme.
Whether you already have a bedroom colour scheme going that you love or you’re looking for something fresh, a mood board is a great way to experiment with colours before you invest in the goods!
Pinterest is a great place to start compiling your preferred colour schemes, or if you’re a more tactile decorator, pick up some paint swatches from your local hardware store and mix and match until you have your theme down!
Neutral bedroom colour schemes are all the rage - which is great for you, because they’re the easiest style to cater for if already established!
A neutral bedroom colour theme normally incorporates shades of white, cream or beige. But it’s always nice to have a few colour accents in your room - and this is where your blanket comes into play.
Choose a solid-colour blanket that reflects your personality (and brings out the few other colour accents in your room). If you have a playful personality, you might want a bold, bright bed throw in pinks or blues. If you prefer something more understated, you might want to go for a deep navy blue or green bed throw.
Using a colourful bed throw ensures your neutral bedroom colour scheme doesn’t look washed out. Simply throw your bold choice at the end of your bed for instant appeal!
The contemporary look - often used in minimalist or Scandinavian bedroom designs - has been embraced in bedrooms around the world.
There’s something relaxing and zen-like about returning to an understated neutral bedroom every night. To keep the theme going, pick a bed throw in a shade of grey, cream or subtle brown. These hues blend in easily with your bedroom surroundings.
To carry off the look perfectly, find blankets in natural linens or cottons.
Starkly monochromatic bedrooms provide a dramatic, masculine look that can be quite striking when done well. Most monochromatic rooms usually have a predominance of white with black accents so the room doesn’t look too heavy.
Choose your bedroom throw colour - white or black - based on the amount of each shade already represented in the room. A black blanket against white bedding always looks fantastic.
A room with a white canvas can do with a few points of interest - not so many that they distract the eye, but enough to liven up the room.
A patterned bed throw is always eye-catching against plain white bed sheets. Choose something that adds colour, texture and warmth to your room.
On the other hand, if your room is already fairly busy with patterns and colours, you might not want to overdo it with a colourful throw.
For heavily adorned rooms, choose a cream or white bed throw to simplify the look.
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