Now that December has taken hold, this is the time to talk about the best blankets and the best throws to bring into every room you can, from bedrooms to living rooms. Hot water bottles, deep pile rugs and blanket-thick curtains aside, these are the cosiest of home accessories that say ‘grab me, get comfy and put on a good Christmas movie’. Here, the LuxDeco interiors team reveal their 9 best luxury throws and blankets for winter months featuring three of the warmest, softest winter favourites – cashmere throws, wool wraps and faux fur blankets.
1. Best Cashmere Throws & Blankets
Cashmere is one of the most prized and coveted yarns out there. See cashmere on a label and it makes you swoon, because it’s the ultimate marker of luxury. Occasionally you’ll find throws that are 100% pure cashmere, other times they’re cashmere blends, but either way, strokeable softness is an unbreakable promise.
This 100% cashmere throw is one of our signature blankets. It’s made using the finest, longest fibres (which means they’re deliciously soft) of goats from the Mongolian grasslands. It comes in two other colours, but this snow-hued colourway is just perfect for winter. BRAND: LuxDeco COLOUR: Ivory PRICE: £395
Purveyors of the finest woollen clothing since 1797, this heritage brand produces some of the most highly-regarded textiles in the world. A mid-tone blue on the one side and an icier blue on the reverse, it feels as though you’ve invested in two blankets in one. BRAND: Johnstons of Elgin COLOUR: Blue PRICE: £695
Another pure cashmere throw, this classic blanket goes with anything – any colour scheme, any style of furniture and in any room. The short fringing feels pretty while the herringbone weave refines it further and makes it well-suited to both feminine and masculine tastes. BRAND: Johnstons of Elgin COLOUR: Silver and Winter Grey PRICE: £695
2. Best Wool Throws & Blankets
Wool comes in many varieties. From new wool and superfine merino wool to silk-like mohair and soft, lightweight alpaca wool. Cashmere’s considered as a type of wool too. The textures between wool types changes from coarse and fuzzy to smooth and snug, but all of them share the same natural qualities like being breathable and strong. Their strength is what makes them one of the best throws for sofas, because they can take being used day in, day out.
Spun from lambswool and made in Scotland by the masters in luxury lifestyle, this graphic print Ralph Lauren throw is both lightweight and incredibly snug as soon as you wrap it around you. The reverse side is contrasting so you can colour block if that suits your scheme better. BRAND: Ralph Lauren COLOUR: Navy PRICE: £750
Mohair scores highly on the luxury yarn spectrum. This Bronte design is quite contemporary in that its fringing is very understated and subtle and the fibres have a slight sheen to them. It’s the ultimate cosy cover-up to have at the foot of your bed or in a blanket box in a living room. BRAND: Bronte COLOUR: Juniper PRICE: £89.95
Is there anything more timeless than a cream cable knit, be it in fashion or interiors? It’s perhaps no surprise that the makers of this tempting blanket is design powerhouse, Ralph Lauren. It also comes in two other neutral hues if cream isn’t practical for your household. BRAND: Ralph Lauren COLOUR: Cream PRICE: £595
3. Best Faux-Fur Throws & Blankets
As soon as your eye catches a faux fur anything, be it a coat or a cushion cover, you feel instantly like burrowing under and resurfacing in spring. As heavy as a duvet, faux fur throws and blankets feel as cosy as they look. They’re a bit more glamorous when it comes to overall vibe too.
This smooth, medium-pile throw is an example of just how sophisticated faux fur can be. Handmade in the UK, it looks as though it’s striped to echo the change in colour and the pattern seen on chinchilla fur. BRAND: Helen Moore COLOUR: Brown PRICE: £284
Helen Moore’s faux fur throws are loved not just for their sumptuous quality, exquisite texture and made by hand in Britain mark, but also for their range in tone and finish. Thus amber-hued version mirrors the beautiful markings of a wild lynx’s coat. BRAND: Helen Moore COLOUR: Brown and white PRICE: £284
Imagine this dappled and striped, Siberian wolf-inspired fur throw across the end of your bed, pulled up tight when the temperature drops. Or, have it draped across your sofa with textured throw pillows scattered on top to make your home as invitingly cosy as can be. BRAND: Helen Moore COLOUR: Brown and white PRICE: £284