6 CREATIVE WAYS TO STYLE DECORATIVE THROWS

a throw folded over the back of a sofa

This is such a fun and informative post. We all have them. And use them. And we all love decorative throws. So I’m sharing 6 ways to style them on a sofa, chairs, or a bed. And sources for my favorite throws. So grab a favorite throw and use them to create beauty in your home. Let’s get styling!

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Styling a decorative throw on our soft furnishings is so so easy. Once you see these pretty ways to use throws you will be styling them in your home.

Before we begin here are some throw styling words to understand…

  • SCRUNCH- to bunch up with your hands by grabbing the throw and gently moving your hands closer together
  • FLUFF- to arrange in a pretty manner
  • SMOOTH- to take your hand move it across the throw to get rid of any wrinkles and straighten out tassels
  • DRAPE- pick up a throw in its center using your thumb and index finger and move it across a piece of furniture letting the throw drag on the furniture and then release it
  • TOSS- pick up a throw like you would to drape it and toss it onto a sofa, chair, or bed

This is a little tongue-in-cheek, but these definitions will help.

DRAPING AND SCRUNCHING A THROW

One of the easiest ways to style a decorative throw is what I call Drape And Scrunch. The name describes exactly what you do!

A THROW ON A SECTIONAL

Just drape a throw over a chair or sofa or bed and bunch up or scrunch it so it looks rumpled. Then fluff and smooth the fringe and the bottom of the throw. It’s that easy!

A THROW DRAPED ON A CHAISE

This throw works so well in any room. I have two of them and they are my go-to decorating throw.

Here is how I used a throw bed. It’s wonderful to have one if you like a little nap now and then. This is one of our guest rooms. You can see HERE.

THROW ON A BED

DRAPING AND SMOOTHING

The Drape and Smooth styling technique of a decorative throw is very much like the Drape And Scrunch.

BENCH IN FOYER

I think many of us style our throws this way. Drape a throw over a surface and then smooth and fluff.

This little bench is in our foyer. Here is a before and after…

Just by adding a simple throw this whole area looks more inviting. Our rooms crave softness and something textural and throws can add both.

Here’s the throw draped from a different angle. A subtle difference!

BENCH

On a side note that has nothing to do with decorating with throws, we are reupholstering the cushion on the bench. I wanted to put a bit of color and pattern in this area. I’m also looking for a new rug but no luck yet.

The fabric is more gold than tan. Gold works well in our home.

FOLDING A DECORATIVE THROWS OVER THE BACK OF A SOFA

If you have a sofa that can be seen from the back, this is such a pretty styling option.

THROW DRAPED OVER THE BACK OF A SOFA

Fold a throw so the fringe is at the bottom of the throw. And place it over the back of a sofa. So easy. Just don’t try too hard. It’s okay if the fringe is not even or a seam show. Our time is too valuable to get a bit crazy over a throw!

This technique works over the back of a chair too and looks so pretty!

FOLDING A THROW OVER THE ARM OF A SOFA

If you like your decorative throws to look neat, here’s a pretty way to style them.

SOFA WITH A THROW FOLDED ON THE ARM OF IT

Just fold the throw so the fringe is at the bottom of the throw and drape over the arm of a sofa. I like to tuck the other end of the throw down in the sofa between the arm and the seat cushion.

DRAPING A THROW OVER THE ARM OF A SOFA

If folding a throw over the arm of a sofa or chair is too neat for you and you like that rumbled look then try draping and scrunching a throw over the arm of a sofa and let it drape down the seat.

PILLOWS ON A SOFA

I love this relaxed look! I like to let the fringe of a throw dust the floor. Just fluff and smooth the fringe and let it fall where it falls.

HIDE A SOFA YOU DO NOT LIKE

If you just don’t like your sofa but investing in a new one is not in your immediate future you might want to hide your sofa with a throw.

Let the throw breaks up an ugly sofa. Add pillows on either side of the sofa.

You can do the same thing using a thin coverlet.

THROW SPREAD OUT OVER A SOFA

This trick-the-eye really does work but it takes diligence and work to keep it looking nice. Every time someone sits down the throw needs to be fixed back in place.

However, if you really really dislike your sofa this might be a great option for a while!

HOW NOT TO STYLE A DECORATIVE THROW

I doubt you fold your throws over the back of your sofa. My Nani did this. But we don’t have to.

Even if a throw is folded nicely there are so many pretty ways to style a decorative throw to enhance the look of a room. Choose one of those!

Styling your throws takes only a minute or two and will make your sofas, chair or beds look so pretty!

Here are some pretty throws for your home…

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22 Comments

  1. Great article! Thank you. The links to the throws are helpful too. I just bought one of them!

  2. I drape my throw over the arm of the sofa as shown above. After trial & error I find it looks best in my living room. It’s a relaxed look suitable for a great room. In my bedroom, I do the throw & scrunch to add some color from the decorator cushions to the bottom of the bed or I fold an empty duvet cover and lay that across the bottom aka hotel look.
    I love these lesson posts Yvonne!

    1. Sounds like you have your decorative throw styling down! Thanks so much, Joanna!

  3. Janice Donato says:

    This is unrelated to your post about throws, but I wanted to mention how much I love the raw silk, textured dust ruffle that you show on your beds. I ordered, and just received the dust ruffle, just put it on my bed and absolutely love it! Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. Kim Kershaw says:

    Would you mind sharing where you purchased the X-brace coffee table in your sunroom? Exactly what I’m looking for! Thank you!

  5. Would you mind sharing the source for your front entry bench? I am moving into a house that has a strange alcove that is 32 inches wide and 28 inches deep. It is in between 2 closets by the front door. I have no idea what to put there and was considering a bench. Any thoughts?

    1. A bench would probably work great! You can find this bench at Ballard Design.

  6. I have a Pottery Barn throw with pom-poms that I fold and put at the bottom of our bed. I make sure each pom-pom is showing. That’s about all my decorating savvy, ha,ha. It’s a good thing I continually read your blog and receive wonderful ideas. Thank you.

  7. I love the way your decorating ability just helps your house just flow from room to room and from floor to floor! Would you please tell me where to purchase the rug in your living room?

  8. Charlotte Cockrell says:

    I am using your throw ideas and loving them! I also love your raw silk bed skirt. Can you share where you bought it?

  9. I enjoy reading your blog and learning all the decorating tips. The three-tiered side table caught my eye. Love it! Can you tell me where you got it or where I might find one like it?

  10. You must have been reading my mind. We just painted our living room and I was trying to see how the throw looked best on my couch arm and in my grandpa’s chair and I read this this morning. Thank you. Changed my pillow covers now to tackle the throws

    1. So glad this post was helpful Erica. Doesn’t a fresh coat of paint make all the difference?

  11. Love these ideas of how to style a throw. I was wondering where did you get that little bench in yiur foyer?
    Thank you
    Lorrie