Those who like to lean into lazy Sunday afternoons (or any time on the couch, lazy or otherwise) know that a good throw blanket is key to creating a comfortable cocoon — especially as the weather cools and the days shorten. “Curl up with one on the sofa in front of the fireplace, or use it to dress up a bare piece of furniture,” says Maggie Lydecker, a design expert at Wayfair. As Lydecker points out, when you’re not snuggled beneath it, a throw can instantly add texture or color to a room just by being draped across a chair. Plus, she adds that “a throw blanket is also the perfect gift, as you can never have too many, and they are so versatile.” To help you find the perfect throws for cozying up, zhuzhing up your space, or both, we asked Lydecker and 17 other cool people — from interior designers to artists — for their favorites. Read on for their picks, which suit practically every home-décor style and include cashmere, wool, and faux-fur options.
Faux-fur blankets work well in many spaces, and make especially great picks in the colder fall and winter months. According to Alessandra Wood, director of style at Modsy, “They’re luxurious and a great way to stay warm in the cold months while adding a ‘winter wonderland’ feel to a space.” They’re also more affordable (and less ethically complicated) than blankets made from actual fur, but often just as cozy (and cozy-looking) as the real deal. “They add instant warmth and elegance to any space,” says Decorist creative director Jessica McCarthy. For a comfy pick at a relatively approachable price point, few styles beat this extra-large throw from CB2. As Lydecker says, “size is super important. Remember to stay within the range of 50 to 70 inches, so it’s large enough to snuggle up in.” This throw blanket’s gray shade should work with most rooms’ décor schemes, and its rich, textured layers make it look much more expensive than it actually is.
For a less-expensive faux-fur option, Sean Juneja, the founder and CEO of Décor Aid, likes this West Elm throw that he says is “inexpensive, easy to maintain, has a great look, and is ultrasoft.” He adds that his company’s designers often order these throws by the dozen for their clients. Molly Schoneveld, president of the Storied Group, also likes the West Elm faux-fur throws, noting they can make great gifts. “I think it looks and feels luxurious, but the best part is that with a throw like this, you don’t have to worry so much about matching someone’s décor. They can store this away and pull it out when they want to snuggle on the sofa,” she explains.
The faux-fur look isn’t for everyone, and those in the market for something less opulent-looking might consider a wool throw — especially one from a heritage brand with a legacy of quality. Oregon-based Pendleton has been family-owned for six generations, and producing wool products in the Pacific Northwest since 1863. “Pendleton is a classic that has been around for a very long time, and for good reason,” says stylist Emily Henderson. “Their plaid patterns are timeless and will never go out of style.” The brand’s ecofriendly wool is also machine washable — a very nice plus for something timeless that you’ll always want out on display.
For a less-expensive all-wool option, designer Grant K. Gibson loves this fringed tangerine number that he says will add a bold “splash of color” to your interior. He adds that, for just $99, “it has the look of being much more expensive.”
Based in Minnesota, Faribault Woolen Mill is another company with an impressive history, according to McCarthy, who told us she “loves a classic Faribault wool blanket.” She added, “It’s the type of blanket that is crafted to last for generations and still made today in an old historic factory.” Faribault has been making blankets, scarves, and more since 1865; this one has a small amount of cotton blended into the wool to keep it from feeling itchy.
While it’s technically made of faux wool, Modsy designer Irah Price says this under-$25 blanket is an easy and inexpensive way to add a rustic touch to a living space or bedroom. “I love the deep autumn colors of navy and gold,” she says. Plus, she notes the faux wool is still “incredibly soft,” and stresses that “you can’t beat the price.”
For something truly luxurious to throw over yourself or your furniture, cashmere blankets are hard to beat. As Wood says, “Who doesn’t love the soft luxury of a cashmere sweater?” She recommends this fringe-trimmed Williams Sonoma throw that comes in a slew of colors — more than 25 by our count — with her favorite being “smokey amethyst,” because she says it will add a glam touch to your room year-round.
Christine Gachot, the co-founder of design firm Gachot, is also a fan of adorning a couch with cashmere. Her favorite cashmere throw is from Alt for Living, which makes its blankets in custom colors, ranging from mustard yellow to sky blue. The bespoke service makes it even easier to match the throws to your space — or, as she points out, to someone else’s. “How chic to give a beautiful blanket as a gift with a color chosen by you,” Gachot says.
“The soft cashmere of these throws makes you want to curl up with a book all day long,” says Grant, who adds that the ribbing brings unexpected “texture and a layer to a space.” In addition to ivory, these supersoft blankets come in other subtle neutrals, including a light gray and charcoal.
A throw made from velvet is another way to add a touch of decadence to a room, according to Price, who says, “I always love a good, rich velvet fabric.” His favorite velvet throw is a reasonably priced tufted number that “has some really beautiful options for color,” including bronze, blush, and teal.
Linen, on the other hand, is a great option if you’re looking for something crisp and clean (though it may not keep you as warm as other throws on this list). According to Lia-Belle King, the creative director and co-founder of Worn Store, New Zealand–based textile brand Cittá Design “does the best home textiles made from natural fibers, and is my absolute favorite.” King notes that the colors Cittá Design uses in its products are among the things she loves about the brand, and this linen blanket’s orange trim is a nice and subtle contrast to its plum body. “Their colors are always vibrant and rich,” she explains, adding that “the quality of their products is premium, and everything has an element of luxury without being precious.”
For a blanket that’s just as cozy as your favorite sweater, many of the cool people we talked to suggest a woven throw. “Chunky knit blankets are like a giant sweater for your sofa,” says Wood. Designer Nick Olsen loves this option from Lane and Mae: “I love the massive knit on a neutral sofa.” Plus, the weave gives these luxe throws a special, handmade feel. In addition to the white, gray, and graphite colors shown, the blanket also comes in blue, fawn, and blush.
A slightly less chunky — and far less expensive — option is this Pine Cone Hill knit blanket, which comes recommended by Wood, who notes that “Pine Cone Hill’s blankets are 100 percent wool for extra warmth.”
“With throws and blankets, look for natural colors that add a lot of texture to a room,” advises interior design duo Porter and Hollister Hovey. Their other design tip is to source from international Etsy sellers, like the Montevideo-based shop TexturableDecor, which sells handwoven Uruguayan textiles. Buying from retailers like this gives you access to handmade goods that are really “rare and special,” the Hoveys explain. They call the seller’s knot blanket an absolute favorite.
If you’re looking for something more graphic than any of the plaid or bold-colored options above, consider a blanket sporting a subtle pattern or abstract print. Among the latter is this reversible cotton blanket by Fern Living — a favorite of designer Jenny J. Norris — with soft, geometric forms on either side. “So on-trend and very cool,” she says. “It’s a statement, certainly more unique than your traditional throw blanket.” The highly stylized look, she adds, “makes it an especially fun gift to give and receive.”
“I’m a big fan of artist Kenesha Sneed, and this throw is a beautiful way to bring her iconic artwork into the home,” says designer and author Justina Blakeney. The cotton throw is woven in North Carolina, and features a graphic desert scene in a modern color palette.
Ceramic textile artist Malene Barnett is another “fan of handmade textiles,” and pointed us to this throw with a contrasting geometric pattern that is hand-spun and loomed by local artisans in Ethiopia. Aside from loving it’s made-by-hand nature, Barnett appreciates that the blanket is “lightweight and has a minimalist design.”
With a slightly more restrained pattern, this color-blocked number recommended by Norris “is perfectly earthy, which feels appropriate when autumn kicks in,” she says.
If you covet an Hermès blanket but shudder at the cost, Schoneveld says this cashmere-and-wool Williams Sonoma throw has “a similar feel, but for a fraction of the price.”
For a blanket as colorful as it is cozy, Wood suggests this throw from Crate and Barrel, which she says is “perfect for family rooms or spaces where you cuddle up to watch television, since this soft and textured throw adds layers of comfort.”
Our cool people also mentioned herringbone-patterned throws as timeless options that suit a wide range of tastes. According to Lydecker, “A tailored herringbone pattern with fringed ends always blends seamlessly with one’s existing décor.” At just more than $100, this cozy, cotton-blend blanket is her favorite reasonably priced herringbone throw. In addition to this light sky-blue color, you can get the blanket in soft yellow, bright blue, or traditional shades like charcoal or coffee brown.
Homepolish interior designer Amy Courtney agrees that “you can never go wrong with a classic herringbone throw.” Her pick is this ultraluxe version with a slightly more subtle pattern that’s made from Peruvian baby alpaca wool and comes with its own leather carrying strap.
Lots of the stylish folks we talked to say that “pom-pom” or Moroccan-style blankets are a great way to add both texture and a touch of bohemian flair to your space (though they may not be as warm as some other options on this list). “I just returned from a trip to Morocco and wanted to buy everything with pom-poms,” says Gibson. “I love the strips and chunky weave of this blanket, which would look great at the foot of a bed or draped over a sofa.”
For a throw that is equal parts laid-back and sophisticated, Schoneveld loves this handmade Moroccan blanket that she says would be “perfect for giving your bed that chic layered look.”
A less-expensive pom-pom option is this embroidered piece that “effortlessly ties together pattern, comfort, and color into one cozy package,” according to Modsy designer Megan Huffman. She notes that while the throw is “subtle enough for any room or style,” it still adds a “perfect pop of color” that will complement any aesthetic, from mid-century modern to traditional.
“I didn’t think that I was a quilt person until this stopped me in my tracks,” says Gibson. According to the brand, the blanket’s design was “inspired by a trip through Portugal and North Africa while reading the book Chatting With Henri Matisse, the Lost 1941 Interview.” Each of the Indigo Tile Quilts is made with more than 100 pieces of recycled cotton and linen remnants.
This eight-point star throw provides the same dose of Americana as the quilted blanket above, but at a far more palatable price point. It came recommended by Olsen, who says it also serves as a “nice memento” to Raf Simons’s tenure at Calvin Klein.
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