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When it comes to decorating a room, you can only add so many baubles and trinkets before your room will seem overcrowded, harsh, and crowded. Adding a throw blanket is the solution you need! Throw blankets are wonderful additions to a household, adding a new pop of color, and a soft texture to your home.
A good throw blanket can serve as both a decorative and a functional purpose in your home. It will compliment or give contrast to the decor you own while giving you a nice blanket that you can pull out for chilly guests.
But what exactly constitutes a throw blanket? How big are they? Let's go over some things, and hopefully answer some of your questions.
Throw Blankets And How to Use Them
The common perception of a throw blanket has somewhat evolved from standard size and type of blanket to a variety of sizes, styles, shapes, and fabrics. That being said, there are few things that are generally fairly standard when it comes to a throw blanket or a decorative throw.
If we're talking technical definition, throw blanket is generally three feet by five feet. It's a smaller blanket, something that would probably cover you from your lap to your feet if you were using it while sitting down.
Throw blankets make fantastic gifts, as they can easily be found to compliment anybody's specific design scheme. Traditionally, throw blankets are more decorative than functional, often sporting a fringe in two or four of the sides, but more recently, throw blanket is just the name people give the blankets they keep in their living room, which opens your options up to a much wider variety of color schemes, sizes, and patterns.
They may feature designs, be made with a specific color palette to compliment your home and decor, or they may be seasonal.
Holiday Decoration Ideas
Cold weather holidays, or just seasonal decorations for things like fall, where we have Halloween and Thanksgiving, or winter, when we have Christmas and New Years, gives us each great, individualized, and fun opportunities to decorate our homes accordingly. But with so many decorating opportunities, it can be easy for the holiday spending to get out of hand, especially once you add decor to the mix.
Seasonal or holiday throw blankets are one of the best ways to decorate and accessorize for the holidays. Where much of your decor may not be something you want to pack in and out every season due to inconvenience or monetary restrictions, throw blankets come in to save your holiday.
Blankets are one of the few things you can store constantly without the fear of them breaking, unlike many other decor items. This is just one of the things that make them such a perfect way to decorate for the holidays.
Are you looking to add a touch of autumn to your home without changing up your whole decor scheme? A throw blanket or two is perfect for you, and with so many options to choose from, you're sure to be able to find something that brings a breath of fall into your home, while complementing existing decor.
For example, if you're looking for something with just a specific color, instead of something with prints or designs on it, this burnt orange throw might just add the ideal amount of harvest season splendor to your home. With the cute fringe and soft knit, it's not only perfect for your decor, but you're want to wrap yourself up in it all day long.
On the other hand, maybe you want something a little more specific to the season, something that leaves no question that you're decorating for fall. If that's the case, try out a micro plush throw blanket decorated with all the colors of fall. It's definitely a statement blanket, but with the perfectly coordinated colors, it will make a perfect focus for whatever room you decide to place it in. It's also incredibly soft and comfortable!
Winter and Christmas are also incredibly fun opportunities to take your interior design to a more seasonal level. Between the snow, evergreens, and the Christmas color palette, you've got lots of options!
You can't ever go wrong when it comes to a classic white, green, and red Christmas themed plaid. With the classic tassels that make up a traditional throw blanket, everything about this blanket speaks excitement and love for the holiday season, and will perfectly complement the existing decor in your home.
If you don't have any prints or patterns already around your room, now is the perfect time to add some! Reindeer, snowflakes, and Christmas trees all make wonderful additions to a holiday aesthetic, and you can find all of them on one blanket. It's also beautifully soft and warm, perfect for watching the snowfall outside your window.
Are you worried about it being too holiday-specific for the rest of the year? That's one of the perks of using blankets to decorate. They can be easily and safely packed away until you need them again, or you can simply move them to your bedroom if you're wanting a few more blankets there.
What Is A Throw Blanket Size?
Throw blankets will come in a variety of sizes, but the traditional size of a throw is a blanket that is three feet by five feet. However, blankets have recently seen a surge in popularity when it comes to displaying them in a home, which used to be a niche filled solely by throw blankets. Because of this, the common perception of what makes a throw blanket has been somewhat altered.
You may personally display or see in other homes, larger blankets on the back of couches or on blanket ladders. Many of them may be microfleece blankets, afghans made by loved ones, or simply blankets they found and liked that have a place in their decor scheme. Blankets used in this manner fill the niche traditionally taken by throw blankets.
What Is A Lap Blanket?
A lap blanket, or a lap robe, is a blanket with even smaller dimensions than a throw blanket. Where throw blankets are meant to cover your lap, legs, and feet, lap blankets, which are smaller, and meant to cover only your lap and legs, not your feet.
Lap blankets were originally used for things like carriage rides, with a horse and buggy. Their shorter length ensured that they wouldn't get caught in the wheels, and lessened the chance of mud getting thrown on them.
Lap blankets today are more commonly used by people who utilize wheelchairs, as a safety precaution. The shorter length providing assurance that the blanket won't get caught in the wheels and dragged underneath the chair, which could tip the chair over.
Why Is A Throw Called A Throw?
A decorative throw, or throw blanket, is referred to as a throw because of the ease you can throw it onto your lap, or the back of a couch. The small size makes it easy to handle and fold, and it's a convenient size for public display, making it quickly accessible, demonstrated by the name "throw".