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The 11 best throw blankets of 2021

Keep warm on cooler days with these expert-approved picks.
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While temperatures are steadily rising with the change of the season, there's still plenty of days and nights that are a little chillier than others. Most of us want to do only one thing during cold days: snuggle up inside.

Whether you're lounging on the sofa or cuddling up in bed with extra layers, throw blankets can give you extra warmth while also adding style to your space.

Why everyone needs (and loves) throw blankets

  1. They're comfortable: New York City-based interior designer Diana Mui of d.m.teriors told Shop TODAY that a throw blanket is a great way to finish up a room. “It can also easily add comfort by snuggling into it during movie night,” she said. “I couldn’t do without one.”
  2. They're versatile: Because they’re relatively inexpensive and not hard to store, you can switch them out depending on your mood, the season or room theme, Mui added.

But, how do you pick the best one? There are so many different fabrics and sizes out there, after all.

How do I choose a throw blanket?

  1. Be selective about fabrics: When it comes to finding the best material for a throw blanket, Mui said her favorite for colder stretches are faux fur and usually chunky. Not only does it add warmth, but the look gives the space nice texture. One of her least favorite fabrics for throw blankets is pure wool. “I am not a fan because I find it itchy, and it pills easily,” she said.
  2. Go bold with colors and patterns: This is where you can really have fun. “There are really no rules here,” Mui said, adding that a throw blanket with a fun design or bold hue can give new life to your space. “For example, if you have a room that doesn't have any splash of color, a single throw blanket can transform a room.”
  3. Pick a size based on where it'll go: If you’re buying one for the sofa, Mui suggests going with something sized around 50” x 70.” “It’s small enough to move around, but large enough to cover yourself and snuggle.” And if the blanket is for the bedroom, Mui suggests going with a bigger size. “I think it makes a bed look more finished and fills it out nicely,” she added.

How to fold throw blankets

For living room throw blankets, Mui recommended neatly folding them and draping over a piece of furniture, or you can just throw it casually in the middle of the sofa. “It’s the one accessory you can have that doesn't need to be set perfectly on the sofa.”

For bed throw blankets, you can fold it neatly at the end of the mattress to make it part of the bedroom’s everyday style.

In the market for a new throw blanket? Here are some cozy options that fit Mui's advice.

Best throw blankets to keep warm

Anthropologie Vanessa Throw Blanket

Help your home pop with some color! Available in four fun motifs like citrusy lemons and crawling cheetahs, this highly-rated blanket is great if you want to add more bold hues to your space.

Barefoot Dreams CozyChic™ Throw Blanket

It might be hard to get up from a quick nap after cuddling with this cloud-like throw blanket, but that's never a bad thing (unless you have a meeting or date to get to). Available in eight pleasing colors, its soft microfiber fabric is specifically made to never shrink, pill or wrinkle.

Allswell Stonewashed Cotton Throw

This artisan-made throw blanket is not only effortlessly stylish, its supremely soft, stretchy fabric only gets better over time.

The Twillery Co. Oldham Cotton Throw

This throw from The Twillery Co. gives off serious beach-chic vibes with its tasseled ends and 100% cotton material. It's also available in five soft hues like slate and teal.

Parachute Oversized Knit Throw

The large size of this Parachute throw blanket makes it great for folding up at the end of the bed, adding a subtle elegance to the room and giving you extra layers for warmth.

Chanasya Faux Fur Throw Blanket

Look at how soft that is! With over 3,300 glowing five-star ratings on Amazon, this faux fur blanket is a favorite among shoppers. It comes in 22 different colors and a variety of sizes that will fit a sofa or bed.

Gracie Oaks Aaraya Throw

This chunky knit is made from acrylic fabric. It’s great for adding texture and warmth to a space, but it might be best for display only since it does have a tendency to shed. But if you do want to curl up with it, just keep a lint roller handy!

Exclusivo Mezcla Luxury Flannel Velvet Plush Throw Blanket

Made with microfiber polyester, this simple blanket is soft, durable and super affordable. It also comes in a variety of colors and sizes.

Kennebunk Bliss Plush Throw

This plush throw blanket features 4” tassels and comes in 11 different colors. Get one for yourself and grab one for a friend, as the classic design makes for a great housewarming gift, too.

Pottery Barn Thermal Sherpa Back Knit Throw

If you’re looking for a warmer throw blanket, this option from Pottery Barn is a good bet. Available in six different colors, the blanket is lined on the reverse side with a soft sherpa.

West Elm Tie-Dye Throw

If you’re looking for a lightweight fabric that will work in warmer months, this handcrafted tie-dye throw blanket from West Elm is ideal.

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This article was originally published on January 30, 2019.