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When the temperature dips, there’s almost nothing better than getting cozy under a throw blanket. Whether you’re enjoying a cool summer night outdoors, chilling on your sofa, or reading in bed, a throw blanket adds a touch of coziness and warmth that can’t be beaten. And while they’re ideal for curling up under, they’re also an excellent decorative element that adds a layer of texture and color to a sofa or bed.
With so many options out there you may be wondering where to begin. Material, style, warmth, and size are all considerations to make when choosing a throw. Wool is a natural fiber and keeps things toasty. Alpaca (a great choice if you have allergies), merino, lambswool, and cashmere are all types of wool and are perfect for turning up the heat. Faux fur, on the other hand, is also very warm but is made from synthetics. And cotton is ideal as a lighter-weight throw for warmer weather.
When it comes to pattern, color, and style—that’s up to you! To help we've gathered some of our favorites for every reason, style, and season. Whether you're looking for your registry or just changing up your decor, there's something for you.
Read on for the best throw blankets.
Best Budget: AllModern Augustine Cotton Throw
You don’t have to spend a fortune to own a lovely throw. This cotton blanket has a nice weight to it—meaning it will keep you warm—and it’s also got style. The pom-pom tassels add a playful, decorative touch that keeps things interesting— because budget doesn’t have to mean boring!
Best Personalized: Mark & Graham Italian Herringbone Throw
A throw with an embroidered monogram makes a great gift (or a treat for yourself!) This one is super soft, light-weight, and has a classic style that’s easy to love. Choose from a range of vibrant colors and monogram styles for a personalized touch.
Best Alpaca/Hypoallergenic: The Citizenry La Brisa Alpaca Throw
Baby alpaca was a material once considered so luxurious, it was reserved for Inca royalty. Not anymore! Each of these fair trade throws is handwoven by master weavers in the Peruvian Andes and takes about a week to weave. Plus, they’re hypoallergenic, which makes them the perfect choice if allergies are a concern.
Best Wool: Brooklinen Throw Blanket
Looking for a throw that keeps you warm? There's nothing is as toasty as wool! These cozy throws come in a range of different types of woo—choose from pure wool, durable lambswool, buttery cashmere, or super-soft baby alpaca. The grounding neutral tones will fit with any decor.
Best Modern: K-apostrophe Miro Woven Throw
We aren’t overstating it when we call this throw a piece of artwork. The vision of mixed-media artist K’era, each throw starts as a work on paper before being woven and transformed into a blanket by one of the few remaining American textile mills. The only question is—do you hang it on your wall or put it on your sofa?
Best Patterned: Hypnotic Throw Blanket by Justina Blakeney
Fully adorned in a pattern that’s a modern take on the classic Greek key motif, this throw can feel as traditional as a classic Greek temple or as boho as a Moroccan rug. The neutral palette means that it can fit with any decor style seamlessly.
Best Cotton: Creative Co-Op Woven Cotton Throw with Crochet and Fringe
Simply chic, the beauty of this light cotton throw is all in the details. It has delicately crocheted ends with fringe and comes in a selection of understated earth tones— it's laid back and bohemian, yet feels sophisticated.
Best Faux Fur: Restoration Hardware Ultimate Faux Fur Throw
What’s your faux fur style? Whether it's plush white or rustic brown, there’s something for everyone with this lush, warm throw. Add dimension and texture to the end of your bed or throw on a sofa to make it more inviting (add roaring fire and you'll be all set!).
The Sferra Celine Herringbone Cotton Blanket is a classic throw with exceptional quality that will work for almost any space, style, and season. La Brisa Throw is another favorite. It has a chic, versatile style that can skew traditional or boho, depending on the setting. Plus it’s sustainably made, supports indigenous artisans and their families, and is hypo-allergenic. Finally, the Brooklinen Throw Blanket is a classic that will never go out of style, and we love that you can choose the type of wool throw that best suits your needs.
What to look for when choosing a throw blanket
Choosing a throw blanket that’s right for you comes down to personal style, where you will be using it, and how warm you want it to keep you. The throw blanket you choose for the living room sofa might be different than the one you choose for your bedroom. And a blanket you use in the summer most likely won’t be the same one you choose to keep you cozy on winter nights.
What's the best throw blanket placement on a bed?
Throw blankets are best placed folded at the foot of the bed. While the placement itself is fairly constant, there are various ways you can style the blanket to achieve different looks. For a casual look, organically drape the throw across the foot or corner of the bed. For something more formal and tidy, fold the blanket lengthwise in half or into thirds and place it across the foot of the bed. If your blanket is on the larger side, consider allowing part of it to drape over the edge of the bed for a more tailored look.
How do you style a throw blanket on a sofa?
A throw blanket styled with intention can make a big impact, adding texture, color, and warmth to a sofa. Here, our three favorite ways to keep your throw game on point!
Folding the blanket over the seat or arm
This technique works well for thin throws and gives a casual, but tidy appearance. If the color of your throw contrasts with your sofa or has a pattern, it adds a graphic pop of color and texture, while a tone-on-tone look is modern and chic.
Casually tossing a throw over the back and seat of a sofa
For an effortlessly chic vibe, this is a great option—but it does require a little more finesse to get it right. Pro-tip— the initial draping of the blanket is often close to perfect and fiddling with it too much can make it seem contrived. And placing a pillow on top of the blanket gives it more of an organic vibe.
Over the back of the sofa
This is a classic, but can also look cumbersome. For a more refined appearance, fold the blanket neatly over the back edge of the sofa, tucking it between the pillows. This offers a more sleek, contemporary look.
Why Trust Brides?
Brides contributor Elizabeth MacLennan has been scouring marketplaces around the world— and web— hunting down that just right object for over 15 years as a prop stylist. Read: she’s seen just about everything when it comes to home goods! Plus, she has a penchant for beautiful textiles— especially throws and blankets (of which she has many).