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How to Choose the Best Throw for Your Sofa

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Olivia Lowry
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This week we’re having a look at how to choose the best throw for your sofa as the winter season approaches. Unlike big furniture upgrades, adding a new throw is pretty budget-friendly, and can change the whole feel of a room if big enough. If you’re wanting a throw to keep you a bit warmer for nights in but can’t decide what’s going to look best, we’re here to help.

Pick your colours

First thing first - colour. Take a look at the colour scheme of your living room at the moment, not just the sofa itself. Different hues can have a big influence on the overall feel of the room, so it’s good to take a little extra time to figure this out. 

orange sofa throw

Image: @home.heaven
Sofa: Model 04 in Pumice

In winter, choose warm tones like burnt orange, burgundy red, chocolate brown and mustard yellow for a cosier feel. In general, the colour of your throw should be at minimum a few shades different to your sofa. If you’ve got a light grey or beige sofa, introducing fabric with dark lines adds contrast. 

Blue sofa with yellow throw

Image: @awholenewbuild
Sofa: Model 06 in Teal

If your sofa’s more of a bolder colour, going for tones on the other end of the spectrum adds bags of personality. For blue sofas, like @awholenewbuild's Model 06 in Teal (above), this meant the addition of a contrasting yellow blanket.

Choose a pattern

Choosing a pattern over a plain block colour adds additional visual depth to your sofa, making it more inviting to sprawl out on. As a general rule of thumb, you should look to find a pattern or design that compliments the rest of the decor in the room and the interior style you’re going for. 

Red velvet armchair

Image: @amiiinteriors
Armchair: Model 02 in Brick

If you want to play it safe, most monochrome patterns in black and white work well across the board. For larger sofas, go bigger with the size of the pattern - geometric shapes and impactful abstract lines work well. For smaller sofas, intricate and detailed patterns add an interesting focal point.

Mid century modern sofa

Image: @homeonthewharfe
Sofa: Model 02 in Pumice

Modular sofa monochrome living room

Image: @ourneutralground 
Chair: Model 03 module in Pumice

Texture selection

If you’re more into textures and less into patterns, playing around with these when choosing a throw helps keep things interesting. Just like the fabric of your sofa, textures are really important in soft furnishings as they influence the overall feel of the room. 

Dark grey sofa

Image: @lucyolivias
Sofa: Model 04 in Charcoal

For a cosy autumnal look, go for large knits, wool blankets and faux fur. In summer, these can be stored in an ottoman and swapped out for lighter linen blankets and cotton throws.

minimalist modular sofa

Image: @throughthegreydoor
Sofa: Model 03 in Pumice

This season’s most popular textures for throws are boucle, waffle, wool, and reversible fleece. We're big fans of layering up different textures with throws - this creates extra comfort and a more noticeable transformation to the room overall.

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