blankets & throws

As we brace ourselves for another few weeks of icy temperatures, treat yourself to a timeless, yet toasty home accessory: the humble throw. Loved by interior designers for adding texture and colour to a room; loved by us for its cosiness. Unsurprisingly, we can’t wait to curl up under one of these super soft winter blankets.

You’ve got comfy cardis and sweaters, but nothing beats enveloping yourself in a thick, fluffy blanket. Pop on the latest TV drama, pour yourself a cuppa and indulge in pure me-time while cocooned in a layer of soft merino wool, mohair or rich faux fur. And when you’re not luxuriating on the sofa, let the throw cascade effortlessly across the arm of a chair to up the style factor.

“I love how diverse throws are,” says Interior Stylist, Lizzie Crocker. “Not only in colour, texture and pattern, but also use, which makes them so incredibly easy to style in your own home and when styling client projects. In my own home I have at least 10. There’s one on the back of my sofa to break up the colour palette and inject a comfy touch, one over arm rests for the evenings when it gets chilly, and one at the end of my bed as it’s a beautiful way to add print to all white bed linen and neutral paint palettes.” So while it may be freezing outside, you know inside will be both warm and chic.

Some of my favourite buys are from Forestry Wool, which are 100% wool in soft, abstract patterns and Arket by Linnea Anderson, who has done a range of stunning patterned ones.

Lizzie Crocker, Interior Stylist

Leading designers, such as Loewe, have introduced plush woolly blankets to their collections. Likewise, fashion brands Mango, Arket and Zara, have all focused on strong luxury homeware items, often collaborating with artists and illustrators to create stunning soft furnishings. However, across the globe highly skilled and established weavers are still creating beautiful pieces adding both depth and history to your home. Mourne Textiles, for instance, was founded back in the late 1940s in Northern Ireland by textile designer, Gerd Hay-Edie. Her iconic designs and pioneering weaving techniques became a staple of mid-century British design and collaborations with Robin Day, Hille and Conran, established her lasting influence upon the world of weaving. Today her grandson continues to embrace her skills with a modern slant, leading to partnerships  with Margaret Howell, Carl Hansen, Pinch and Twenty Twenty One. 

When purchasing blankets and throws, you have many options depending on your budget. Discover hand woven creations from Portugal or Scotland or embrace contemporary prints and vivid colours from upcoming designers. Just know that all of the below look good, but feel even better, especially when paired with luxe pyjamas and a new novel. January never felt so cosy…

Winter Blankets In Warm, Natural Shades

In true Nordic style, earthy tones add a level of calm and sophistication. Ib Laursen, one of Scandinavia’s biggest suppliers of home decor, has a range so soft you’ll never leave your couch. Similarly Dutch interior brand, HK Living, known for its adventurous use of colour, has brought us the Doris Vintage throw in deep burgundy and mustard yellow. For something traditional, McNutt of Donegal is a must. Launched in the seaside village of Downings on Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way, McNutt has been producing some of the world’s finest weaves for over 60 years being inspired by the rugged coastline and robust colours of Ireland.

 

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Bold, Brightly Coloured Winter Blankets

Vivid hues and wild patterns are here to lift and liven up those grey January days. One glimpse of the ‘Teenagers from Mars’ blanket by Raawii and Italian illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli is enough to prove it. Lucy of Lucy Van der Gucht Interiors explains, “Throws are great for adding an extra layer of colour and pattern to a scheme, especially those from Wicklewood and Toast. I always suggest white bed linen and then like to add a colourful throw on the end of the bed to pick up the other colours in the room. They work especially well with a statement headboard and, at this time of year, add another layer of warmth to snuggle under.” 


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