I was talking with a friend lately about our love of all things textured. Those over-sized knit throws that are everywhere? Drool. Flannel sheets? Yes, please. "But," she started, "What do I do in warmer weather?". That certainly got me thinking. Not only do I love immersing myself in layers of loveliness, but I also appreciate the visual interest that a good throw can provide. What to do? I looked around, and, yay! There are options out there for warm weather textiles. I want to show you what I found.
Warm weather texture #1: throw pillows
Throw pillows are the easiest and least expensive way to make a major change in a space. So, in transitioning to warmer weather, put aside the greys, creams, faux fur and cable knit in favor of linens, embroidered details and brighter colors: oranges, corals, yellows. Easy!
Warm weather texture #2: throws
Another easy switch for your living or bedroom is throws. They look great folded over a sofa and add visual interest to your space through texture and/or color. Again, break yourself out of those winter colors and opt for cheery brights. If you can't play with colors in summer, when can you?
Warm weather texture #3: blankets and coverlets
True story, I cannot sleep without some sort of blanket on top of me. I don't know if it's the weight or the texture, but I need something on top of me for optimal sleep. When I was little, one of my favorite memories was the first day in summer when we installed the window air conditioning unit. It was so cold and had that smell of.....air conditioning? I don't know what the smell was, but I loved it. And I would curl up directly under the unit, where it was the coolest and wrap up in my sleeping bag. Were there other approaches? Sure, but this was mine. Lucky for me, I've found some light weight blankets to keep me covered during the (mild) Seattle summers.
So, have no fear! As much as I love curling up in my ginormous knit blankets and cashmere throws in the winter, I have discovered just as many beautiful, seasonal and tactile options to use during the summer.