As the hub of the home, a sofa always benefits from being stylishly dressed. When it comes to styling a sofa with a cashmere throw, it's all about attitude and what mood you want to create.
"Furniture edges can be softened by placing one over an arm of a chair," advises Ushi Parekh-Ward, Visual Merchandiser for Maker&Son. "Soft home accessories are wonderful elements that together or alone will enhance your sofa and the overall ambiance of your living room."
To create a relaxed, inviting, and warm look, a casual drape suits most homes and interior design styles adds Elena Mellowes, Maker&Son's Head of Product Development, who brings her specialist design eye to all our projects.
"When it comes to styling a cashmere throw, it is important not to overthink its placement, at the end of the day an item to be used and enjoyed, and as a result, it needs to be accessible."
If you want to give your bedroom or living room a welcoming colour accent a simple blanket makes a wonderful addition. However, a randomly displayed one won't make the impact you want.
One technique to keep things tidy is, as Elena suggests, "to pinch the throw at its centre, then pull it over one of the back corners of the sofa."
"For a slightly neater finish, loosely fold the throw in half lengthwise and drop it over a corner, arm or drape it over the back of the sofa. Whichever technique you use, avoid perfect lines and folds to ensure the styling remains homely and relaxed."
"Sometimes, I think they can look a bit messy and discarded," adds Ushi, "However, when it's placed in a considered position, i.e., next to a book, this can be a reminder or invitation to rest and snuggle."
Also, she advises they can be neatly folded, rolled, or draped next to scatter cushions or pillows in a complementary colour palette.
When it comes to storing your favourite quilt, blankets, or throws, Elena recommends using a woven basket that sits beside your Song sofa. "This will help to keep your coveted throws neat while offering a chic interior solution."
If storage space is an issue, she advises, "They can be folded over a sofa arm or the end of a bed. Just ensure they're folded short enough off the floor to be kept away from pets who could accidentally cause pulls within the delicate knit."
With gentle care, you can protect the lifespan of your cashmere throw even in the family home. However, due to their delicate cashmere fibres, Elena recommends acting quickly if you accidentally spill something.
"Swiftly blot the spillage with a dry, clean cloth. Avoid rubbing or using anything abrasive as this can pull the fibres and cause more damage, and do not use any bleaching agents as this will cause permanent damage."
With a unique background in both theatre and healing, Ushi believes your interiors and their accessories should support your emotional comfort. "The place in the home where one relaxes and unwinds is where I would position the throw using a neutral tone to connect to the earth and enjoy the cosy warmth being offered by them," she says.
While the interior design of each home varies, without a doubt, Elena believes gentle tones, such as a series of neutrals, are best for "layer effortlessly with clean white bed linen, adding texture and warmth to your space."
"As areas with less footfall within the home, these lighter colours are also more likely to remain fresh and clean while adding a luxurious layer of natural beige warmth to your bedroom space."
As downstairs interiors tend to be spaces that are updated or evolve throughout the year, throws are a beautiful means of adding a sophisticated touch of colour to your home.
Elena favours rich shades such as Topaz dark green, Graphite grey, or Obsidian dark blue. "These add a depth and richness to darker interiors while being more forgiving, which is essential within busy homes."
"Our Sunstone beige or Morion grey pairs with a wide array of interiors for more neutral or grey spaces and will add classic texture to an otherwise minimalistic space."
The low-key attitude of a seaside escape is the perfect setting for softer textures. Whether it's a little beach cottage or waterfront mansion, understated interiors that reflect the beachside surroundings feel most comforting.
"Within a coastal space, it's crucial to add texture and depth to what can be otherwise natural beige or white palettes," reflects Elena. "Any of our neutral colours will work perfectly to introduce this warmth and depth to living spaces and bedrooms."
"Layered and textured spaces are a way to create a more emotionally grounded room," says Elena. "Country houses, whether grand or humble, naturally lend themselves to comfort and hence wouldn't be complete without something cosy."
In a sense, a well-layered home complete with rugs, cushions, and blankets inspires us to nurture our space and selves.
"Ideally, I would place the throw in the position where one would sit to enjoy the view," advises Ushi about emphasising warmer tones. "Within a country house, comforting textures embody what it is to be cosy and familiar within a more traditional space," she adds.
After nearly a year in and out of lockdowns, city-based homeowners have found comfort in well-being inspired interiors. Indoor plants, textural surfaces and an earth hued palette are the solution to softening minimalist urban schemes.
"Within a contemporary space, clean lines and minimalism can sometimes feel too cool observes Elena. "Our range Graphite grey work to add warmth to these more modern spaces, or a splash of colour with our Howlite orange or Agate yellow provides a statement against these cooler backdrops."
Story by Catherine Caines