Blankets are versatile, coming in a variety of colors, fabrics, and patterns. That’s what makes them such a good choice for decorating. They’re cozy. They’re inexpensive, and they’re pretty. If you’re thinking about brightening up one of your rooms with some blanket art or decor, here are some tips to keep in mind.
Picking the Right One
The blankets you choose as your decorative pieces should match or complement the room in some way. You have a couple of options. You can find a blanket that has a number of colors and patterns; these elements should match all of the colors in the room. The blanket of many colors functions as a unifying piece for all of the room’s colors. It’s also possible to create pops of color with blankets. If you do this, then you want to choose a blanket that’s one solid color. This color should also contrast (or be complementary) with the other colors in the room if you really want it to stand out.
Like anything else in your home, decorative blankets can get dirty and will need to be washed from time to time. It’s not unusual for blankets to pick up smoke residue from the fireplace, pet hair and other household particles. Each blanket will require different treatment. Some blankets require dry cleaning, while others can be thrown into the washer. Make sure you know how drying after washing works for blankets. Not doing this correctly can beat up your blanket and make it look misshapen. For best results, be sure to follow the care instructions that come with the blanket.
While it’s true that you can frame a blanket and create a piece of art from it, most of the time, blankets used as decorative pieces end up on the furniture. Use a decorative blanket to create a visual contrast for a sofa or side chair. For example, a sunset orange blanket can be thrown over a blue couch to really make the couch stand out. As well, a blanket hides many “sins.” If you have an antique furniture piece that still has good bones, but has a beat-up exterior, throw a pretty blanket over it to cover the flaws. Finally, choosing a blanket with an interesting texture adds another layer to your decorating effort, making the display much more interesting; a cable knit afghan on a cotton couch or a knitted wool blanket on a faux leather couch offer two examples of this.
Making your home look beautiful doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Decorative pieces, like throw blankets, add a unifying effect to the room. They also provide the room with elements of visual and textural contrasts and some small focal points. Finally, it’s okay to get creative with a decorative blanket. Throw it over a couch to add some color, or frame it to make a beautiful piece of art.