How to use throws in your decor

  • Throws can introduce a new color into a space, or add a sense of contrast. Design Recipes—TNS

  • A side chair is dressed up using a wool throw in a color that blends with the color of the upholstery. Design Recipes—TNS

  • A throw folded in a simple rectangle creates a streamlined look in this modern living room. Design Recipes—TNS

  • Look for ways to repeat pattern and color with your throws, like these stripes. Design Recipes—TNS

  • A straight placement across the base of a bed can provide a clean, modern look. Design Recipes—TNS

  • It is perfectly OK to simply toss a throw on a chaise, bed or sofa for a more relaxed look. Design Recipes—TNS

Tribune News Service
Thursday, January 11, 2018

Throws and blankets are not only aesthetically pleasing but this time of year, they're functional as well. With the winter chill settling in, you may look to incorporate throws and blankets into the mix.

Design Recipes has compiled a list of what to look for that promise to help keep you cozy!


Throws and blankets come in all different types of materials, and some are more common than others. One of the most popular materials right now is faux fur. Faux fur is considered to be luxurious and elegant and can easily translate to a lot of different rooms in the home. Faux fur also comes in different colors and textures from smooth to shaggy. As an alternative, wool still remains a popular choice in throws. Thicker wools tend to maintain shape and provide warmth. Another material often used is cotton. Although not as warm as wool, cotton is a popular throw choice, especially in a children's room. Looking for other material choices? Why not consider cashmere or mohair? Throws made of this material tend to be expensive, but will likely be beautiful additions to your home.


These days, knitting remains more popular than ever. And as such, a number of different styles of knits have become in vogue. One of the most popular styles of throws is known as a chunky knit. These types of throws tend to be plush, oversized and incredibly cozy. For those looking to incorporate the Danish sense of calm known as hygge, this is a certain way to help achieve it.


Keep in mind that a throw is an accessory that can help enhance nearly any decor. A throw can introduce a new color to a space, blend with existing colors or act as an accent. For those looking to maintain a more neutral palette, taupe, black and charcoal gray are some great options. Prefer to incorporate a pop of color? Why not incorporate warm colors into your space such as chocolate brown, deep orange, mustard yellow or a rich red?


The beauty of throws is that they can be can be used anywhere. Social areas, such as living rooms and family rooms, are typically great choices, as these are areas where people typically relax or curl up by a fire or television viewing. Bedrooms are also a perfect location, as they can serve as additional bedding at night. Another location a throw may provide a welcomed decor element and comfort include a home office, where there might be a reading chair.


When it comes to throws, it's best to do what feels and looks most comfortable to you. At the foot of a bed, a folded rectangle can provide a clean, crisp look, while on sofas and across beds, throws simply tossed into place may work best. Another option may be to drape a throw over the back of a sofa or chair. In general, there is no right or wrong way to display a throw.


When it comes to throws and blankets, here is a short list of do's and don'ts.


Experiment with different colors and textures.

Consider color choices, either using a throw color that blends with your space or provides an accent.


Use too many different materials in one room, though it is perfectly acceptable and welcomed to use different styles of throws throughout the home.

Forget function.

Skimp on size. Throws are intended to be generous and cozy.

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at info@cathyhobbs.com <mailto:info@cathyhobbs.com> or visit her website at www.cathyhobbs.com <http://www.cathyhobbs.com>.