STYLING A SOFA THROW: 5 WAYS
One of the keys to creating a cosy and welcoming home is to include plenty of soft furnishings into your space. Without soft furnishings a room can feel cold, hard and unwelcoming. Soft furnishings deaden unwanted noise and soften the look that too many hard surfaces create, bringing warmth into the space.
A quick and simple way to bring this soft element into your home is through throws or blankets on the sofa, and they are a relatively inexpensive way to refresh your space. But it's too often the story that people buy themselves a throw for their sofa and then realise they don't know how to style it.
My advice, as always, when it comes to styling, is to play around and experiment. People worry about making mistakes and having a room which looks silly (yes, perfectionista, I'm talking to you!) but even the most experienced stylists play around until they find what looks 'right'.
So, here are a few ideas to get you started:
THE SIDE FOLD
One of the simplest and easiest ways to style a throw is simply to fold it up and drape it over the arm of the chair. This softens the edges of the sofa without making a dramatic statement. Great for beginners!
The neater you fold your throw blanket, the more formal a look you will create.
THE SIDE DRAPE
For a slightly less formal look, unfold your throw and tuck one end into the corner, behind a cushion, and allow the rest of the fabric to cascade towards the floor.
THE UP AND OVER
In this beautiful scheme, the throw has been folded, and then draped up and over the back of the sofa, and down onto the seat. This creates a 'runner' effect and brings a larger block of your accent colour into the space. It also acts as a 'relief' between the colours of the sofa and the colours of the cushions. Try to keep the throw a little relaxed (allow a few crinkles), otherwise you'll put people off sitting down, because they won't want to disturb the display.
For that laid back 'here's where we lounge on a Saturday morning' look, drape your throw over the back of the sofa, down across the seat and allow it to pool onto the floor. Although this looks as though the throw has been tossed casually onto the sofa, if you don't get it right, it can look a little contrived. Don't be put off by this though, keep experimenting until you get it right.
THE MULTIPLE THROW APPROACH
For a really snug look, use more than one throw on a sofa. In the image above, a sheepskin has been placed across the back and down onto the seat of the sofa, and a soft blanket has been casually draped over the arm on the opposite side. Notice again how the throw is draped more casually, rather than being folded neatly. This adds to the laid back, cosy look in this room.
THE COVER UP
A throw blanket is a great way to bring an accent colour into your room. As with all accent colours, it needs to be repeated in a room in several places, in order to be effective. In the room above, the red quilt stands out against the very neutral backdrop and the colour is echoed in the cushions and accessories on the side table. Effective, huh?
Notice too, how this throw is placed central to the sofa and covers a lot of the seating area. Perfect if you need to hide any stains caused by little person spillages.
So, 5 ways to get you started. Remember, don't be afraid to play around and experiment. Mix up the colours and textures, and experiment until you get the look you want.
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