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After the holidays, I shared how I spent some time playing musical furniture (a favorite game of mine), and suddenly home never felt so good. Even our living room, which has already evolved entirely since we moved in, received some zhushing and now all I want to do is cozy up and read a book under one of those lamps (I like to have options). There’s one thing in this space that really levels up the warm and intimate mood though. Any guesses?
You’re my kind of people if you guessed the blanket over the back of the sofa. Not tossed over the side, but layered on the back–as a design element (although totally usable, too!)
If you have more of an open living space where your sofa ISN’T pushed up against a wall (a good idea!), then you’re probably staring at quite a bit of bare back. A large rectangle of one tone can easily be broken up with a tasteful throw across the back–it’s stupid simple but adds so much! An easy furniture glow-up.
I don’t see this done enough and I have no clue why. It’s an instant way to add interest, so much so that it kind of feels like cheating your way into getting a whole new sofa without the actual money, commitment, and hassle (win, win, win). Plus the ease of switching the blanket around whenever you’re in need of a room refresh is what does it for me.
On our sofa upstairs in the living room (above) we folded the blanket over the back of the sofa long ways and in the basement (below), we folded it in half short-ways and folded it over, tucked behind the couch cushions!
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Introducing a blanket over the back of the sofa brings a different textural element and yes, it’s a nice aesthetic touch to the space, but it can also protect your furniture from all sorts of daily wear and tear–especially in a high traffic area.
Definitely use a throw blanket you already have if that works, but I thought it would be fun to include a few favorites that I think would look stunning over the back of a sofa. I would also love to see how you make this work in YOUR spaces so go ahead and tag me in your Instagram stories if you try it!
1. Boucle Faux Mohair Throw Blanket $25
2. Colby Handwoven Stripe Blanket $27
3. Solid Gauze Throw Blanket $29
4. Stitched Line Throw $35
5. Saro Plaid Cotton Throw $38
6. Sahara Fringed Woven Throw $39
7. Boucle Throw Blanket $40
8. Handmade Wool Throw $55
9. Fringed Striped Linen Blanket $55
10. Amorie Throw $75
11. Cashmere Camel Border Stripe Throw $84
12. Linen Throw $88
13. Broken Weave Cotton Throw $104
14. Lina Throw Blanket $110
15. Sojourn Throw $113
16. Akriti Charcoal Throw $450
Here are two more beautiful examples of this trend done right! See how it adds so much interest to the back of a sofa? Can’t wait to see what you do!
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