Rookie Mistake: Displaying Throw Blankets
I started my Design Mistakes series many years ago. It began as a way to showcase some of the mistakes I made around my own home while helping others to learn the dos and don’ts when it comes to home design. Well, it quickly turned into my most popular series here on the blog!
Here are some fan-favorite posts from the series. Or you can peruse them all right here.
- The Top 5 Most Common Home Design Mistakes
- Matching Furniture – A Big No-No
- Hanging Wall Art Way Too High
- Buying the Wrong Size Rug
- My Rules for Lighting
- The Biggest Painting Mistakes
Rookie Mistake – Displaying Throw Blankets
We are big fans of throw blankets. They cozy up a bare couch while adding color, pattern, and texture to the living room space. Plus, they’re essential when you want to snuggle up and get all comfy when lounging in your family room. Yep, throw blankets are a must for just about any couch space.
But, there is one rookie mistake we see over and over again when it comes to throw blankets…
How NOT to Display Throw Blankets
Paint Color: Benjamin Moore’s “Silver Satin” at 150% Intensity // DIY Picture Ledges // Gray Couch // Marble Coffee Table // Table Basket for Polaroids // White Rug // Letterboard Sign
Far too often we see homeowners keeping their napping blankets out for guests to see. But even worse is that we also see them draping the chunky blanket on the back of the couch for easy access. We’re definitely not judging, but we chalk this up as a rookie mistake.
Draping a blanket on the back of the couch is pretty much never a good idea as far as we’re concerned (again, not being judgy just trying to keep it real). The above picture is the “hot dog fold”, where the blanket is folded in half longways and placed on the back of the couch.
The next option is the “hamburger fold”, where the blanket is folded the short way but once again, draped on the back of the couch.
We don’t encourage either because it can make any couch look outdated and well…. ugly. BUT, the good news is we have a secret weapon to step up the couch style, while still keeping that warm and cozy blanket nearby and today we’re spilling the beans.
Throw Blankets Done Right
Now that you’ve seen some cringe-worthy blanket styling, let’s chat about the ways we prefer to style and use throw blankets in our family rooms…
We all have those huge blankets that are sooooo comfortable. You know the ones we’re talking about. The blanket that you and your significant other fight over when it’s chilly, and the one you wrap yourself up in when you’re feeling sick. It may not be the prettiest blanket around (and it’s usually oversized) but it’s oh-so-cozy.
We both have those blankets in our homes and we use them every single day, but you don’t see them when you look at our family rooms. Instead, they’re hidden in plain sight!
See that basket on the end of Casey’s couch? It’s full of cozy (not so cute) blankets! Every night Casey & Finn get out their designated blankets when they hang on the couch (always fighting over this one…) and they get warm and snuggly. Then, when it’s time for bed, into the basket those blankets go!
This basket is from HomeGoods and it was such a good find. Love that it has a top because you can’t see the slew of blankets thrown haphazardly inside. Although Finn thinks the basket should belong to a snake charmer…but hell, I like it!
We used this basket from Serena & Lily for the family room makeover we completed. It too holds lots of blankets!
Baskets without a lid are also an option (the one above is old from Article). Although you’ll have to be a bit more aware of the blankets you put inside. Ideally, it should still work with your home decor and the style of the room.
Now, let’s chat about the throw blankets that you want to display on your couch because they’re that pretty. Here’s how we usually display those ones…
You can’t go wrong with your blanket neatly folded on the seat or arm of your couch. We often like to do this when the blanket is pretty thin and has a nice pattern. This can be on the arm of your couch, the back of your couch (folded in thirds, off-centered), or draped on the seat of your couch.
Casey does this on the side of her couch with a throw that has tassels…
While Bridget has been playing around with this neutral patterned throw on her new couch. These throw blankets add texture, pattern, and color to our gray couches. Plus, they’re nice to quickly grab when you want to warm up. Although they’re not nearly as comfortable as the throw blankets we hide in baskets.
Casey: Bridget is the queen of doing the effortless blanket drape on her couch. I’m always way too intimidated to try out that look because it often gets bunchy or messy on my couch. But somehow she can toss the blanket on the back of her couch and it looks chic and effortless. How does she do it?!
Bridget: Thanks Case, you’re far too kind and I promise I’m not nearly as talented as you’re making me sound. The key here is using a thin, somewhat petite blanket. This is not going to work well with a bulky or large blanket.
Then all I do is spread it out up the back of the couch and drape it down into the seat of the couch. I let it sit pretty naturally and then play around with the areas that look a bit bulky by spreading them out. If there is a part that’s still not working well, usually I can hide that under the pillows I set on top of the draped throw. I swear, it’s way easier than it even sounds! And our little secret — I usually use this styling method on areas of the couch that are a bit slouchy. This is a great way to hide any imperfections! For more tips on hiding an imperfect couch, check out this blog post.
Favorite Throw Blankets & Baskets
Curved Basket // Barefoot Dreams Blanket // Chunky White Knit Throw // Blue Throw // Storage Basket // Plaid Throw // Rope Basket // Faux Fur Blanket // Mustard Yellow Accent Blanket
So there you have it, the multiple ways to combat one of our biggest pet peeves in the family room! We are all about being cozy in our homes (hello, Netflix bingefests), but there are ways to be comfy without compromising the look of your family room.
Hopefully, we can all say no to the hot dog fold on the back of the couch…
And enlist the help with a new basket and some throw styling to step up our couch game once and for all. What do you say?!
Catch up on More Rookie Mistakes
- Rookie Mistake #1: Couch Pillows
- Rookie Mistake #2: Shower Curtains
- Rookie Mistake #3: Generic Home Decor
- Rookie Mistake #4: Carnations
- Rookie Mistake #5: Decorating with Picture Frames
- Rookie Mistake #6: Shop First, Plan Second
- Rookie Mistake #7: Hanging Curtains
- Rookie Mistake #8: Matching Furniture
- Rookie Mistake #9: Over-the-door Hooks & Mirrors
- Rookie Mistake #10: Hanging Wall Art
- Rookie Mistake #11: Buying the Wrong Size Rug
- Rookie Mistake #12: Fireplace Mantel Decorating
- Rookie Mistake #13: Displaying Throw Blankets
- Rookie Mistake #14: Countertop Clutter
- Rookie Mistake #15: Rules for Lighting
- Rookie Mistake #16: Not So Secret Storage
- Rookie Mistake #17: Too Many Quotes
- Rookie Mistake #18: Wrong Scale
- Rookie Mistake #19: Over The Toilet Storage
- Rookie Mistake #20: Coffee and Wine Decor
- Rookie Mistake #21: Decorating a Rental
- Rookie Mistake #22: Framing Art & Photos
- Rookie Mistake #23: Common Painting Mistakes
- Rookie Mistake #24: Kids’ Artwork
- Rookie Mistake #25: Furniture Against a Wall
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.