Knowing which throw blanket will fit best into your space is critical to ensure it serves its purpose – providing an understated element of coziness. While living in Toronto, I have two throws, one for summer/spring and one for winter/fall. While this is unnecessary, it highlights that your bedroom does not need to be stagnant. Treating your space as you would clothing, rotating elements seasonally, elevates your experience as it works to better meet your needs.
Before breaking down the steps on how to decide on a throw, I must note that one condition I will not compromise on is using natural fibres ALWAYS. Synthetic materials such as polyester and nylon negatively impact the environment throughout their life cycle. Production emits large amounts of toxic waste and greenhouse gases. Once ‘disposed’ of, they sit in landfills, unable to decompose or are broken down into microplastics that end up in the ocean. This cycle of production and consumption is not sustainable; therefore, natural fibres are the best choice.
Now, I will explore exactly how to select the right throw. Carefully moving through these steps, you will realize how thoughtful consumption can enhance your experience.
Step One – Consider your climate to select a fabric
No matter the weather, lounging with a blanket is always a good idea. However, you must consider how your surroundings shape the way you use your throw! Let’s break down four climates/vibes and which materials work best with each.
1. Summer House: Think “Hamptons or Muskoka”
Overdoing your summer house is never a good idea. I would recommend something that tells a story and has a down-to-earth vibe in this space. With this in mind, my top contender is the simpered recycled blanket from Blacksaw. Utilizing factory off-cuts that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill, the throw is 41% Alpaca, 30% Wool, 15% Cotton, and 14% reclaimed mixed fibres for stitching. Blacksaw provides exceptional beauty while noting the importance of feeling proud of what you choose to put in your home.
2. Four Seasons City: Think “New York or Toronto”
Living in a busy city, your bedroom is your escape from the fast-paced world. Indulgence and luxury in the small things can bring the most joy in these conditions. As a result, cashmere is the only way to go. While a splurge, cashmere is one of the most durable fibres around while providing an undeniable coziness. When contemplating which cashmere to purchase, look for 2+ ply and 12+ gauge for durability and density. How to find the perfect throw? I suggest searching authenticated luxury resellers, such as “The RealReal” or “What Goes Around Comes Around” to find the perfect gently used classic throw.
3. Semi-Tropical Climates: Think “Miami or Bahamas”
Something lightweight is warranted in this climate. Therefore linen-cotton blend will provide you warmth in the best possible way. Parachute Home has perfected a casual throw for warmer weather with their oversized Cloud Linen Gauze. Down South, something effortless and relaxed is ideal for draping over your linen sheets.
4. West Coast: Think “LA or Vancouver”
Here, you require an adaptable blend, and merino wool and silk-blend provides a to die for combination. This is an all-season throw; the silk provides softness while wool introduces a balanced weight and warmth. Goodee Hydra Throw by Teixidors is 60% Merino wool and 40% silk, handmade in Spain, and gives the ultimate California modern mood with its simplistic design.
Step Two – Refine colour scheme to define aesthetic
First and foremost, neutrals will never go out of style. They do not compete with other colours, and as a throw, they allow for texture and different colour hues to be built upon. Note, neutrals are not just ‘shades of white’; they are any muted tone that works to complement and support primary colours. While you might not have a bold green, blue, or red in your bedroom, I bet it is not entirely white. Explore the colour waves of your space and select a neutral accordingly. The next option is utilizing your throw as an accent piece. To do this, I would recommend choosing a dynamic patterned throw. A solid colour becomes overwhelming and lacks the movement and depth it deserves.
Step Three – For everyone’s sake, let’s discuss display
Ok, now the placement of a throw needs to be done the right way. I have seen some very suspect display methods, and I am here to set the record straight. All display methods should balance the bed, and the easiest way to achieve this is to ensure the length of your throw is proportional to your bed size. For example, a queen bed is 60 inches wide, meaning your throw should be a minimum of 64 inches long for adequate overhang. This removes all risk for awkward display. Finally, I always ensure one way or another, 50% of my bed is blank undisrupted by pillows or blankets. With this rule in mind, you will naturally be guided on how your throw fits into your space.
Coming up, the spotlight is on Viso Project for their investment in craftsmanship and sustainability.
Curated with love,
Taylor Hannah Curation