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!
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!
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.
DRAPING AND SMOOTHING
The Drape and Smooth styling technique of a decorative throw is very much like the Drape And Scrunch.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…