Interior Obsessions – the Blanket

By Modern Simplicity • Updated on 05/05/2011

A couple weeks ago, we took a look at bringing nature into your interior spaces. I’m taking a detour today into the bedroom, with a look at blankets. In the world of the easygoing duvet, blankets have taken a bit of a backseat for a little while, but they are starting to make a comeback. Not necessarily meant to replace the duvet or comforter, but as an extra layer of physical warmth and visual texture. Finely woven wool blankets are taking center stage, with knits running a close second. Even furs (typically faux) are being added in the mix to add some movement to often otherwise flat-looking bedrooms.

Geometric patterns in colors or black and white are also in play here. The postcard image below is fun, yet manages not to overwhelm the entire look. I’m personally fond of seed stitch knits, which are at once plain but have a great visual texture. Felt blankets that allow actual piecing because they don’t fray are another clear winner. Edging varies from non-existent to bound to fringe. It all works. Blankets are a great way to add color, texture and warmth to a bedroom, creating a truly inviting space.

(above) Old-fashioned Wool

Postcard + Seed Stitch

Felt Star

White Cruciform + Black Cruciform

Modern Geometries

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.

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I’m recently obsessed with beddings too. I’m driving myself crazy because i just can’t seem to find bed skirting for my enormous bed!!


I love the subdued colors. I have seen that wool double moss knit blanket before and still love it. I just wish i had the time and money to whip one up.


Okay, I’ll confess: I am kind of blanket freak too Kathryn and Amy. Jeff is always hot and I am always cold. And because I am too lazy to pay attention and monitor the temperature on the air conditioner, I just cozy up with a blanket (or my portable heater) instead. He gets his cold air and I get my warmth. Bonus!


Thanks Kathryn! Our house tends to hover on the cooler side, so having blankets and quilts available is a must! Glad you enjoyed my picks.

Modern Simplicity

I’m a huge blanket fan and have them in practically every room in the house. Even in the summer time when it’s hot I still have a blanket on the sofa to snuggle up with. Love that first one you featured.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo
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