Adding a throw rug to your bed or couch is a simple and effective way to introduce a new element of colour and texture to your decorating scheme. Here are some pointers for choosing an ideal throw.

Cotton

With throws available in a range of different weights, a breathable cotton option is a sound choice for a duvet alternative. With a variety of different colours and prints on the market, a cotton throw will deliver in the style stakes, too.

Tip: Store light blankets in a cool, dry place.

Wool

While a woollen throw is perfect for the chilly months of winter, wool can be a little heavy for summer. Unless you expect temperature fluctuations it’s better to opt for a lighter fabric, as wool will trap body heat rather than breathe.

Tip: Remove pilling with a spare razor.

Tencel

This material, made from wood pulp, is great for summer blankets. “Tencel fabric sharesmany properties with other cellulosic fibres such as cotton and linen,” says Korryn Bentley from Freedom. “It is soft and resistant to wrinkles.” Much like cotton, tencel draws moisture away from the skin, keeping you cooler on humid nights.

Tip: Tencel is a low-maintenance fabric as it can be machine washed and ironed.

Decorative throws

A light blanket can be the perfect accent to a sumptuous bed. If you prefer sheets in calmer tones, add a dynamic element to the spread with a bright throw. Kantha quilts from India or handmade linen throws add a sense of luxury and make a bed even more inviting.

Tip: Contrast throws with bold cushions

 

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Pictured above is cable knit throw in ocean from Aura.