Decorating for Fall: Cozy Up To Quilts

Decorating for Fall: Cozy Up To Quilts

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Eleanor Büsing
Sep 23, 2015
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My grandmother is an accomplished quilter, so I grew up with her handiwork adorning walls and beds in my childhood home. At some point, I developed an aversion to them and thought of quilts as fussy and old-fashioned. Lately, however, I've come around to their handmade appeal and I appreciate quilts for the incredible crafts they are. They're the perfect accents when cold weather approaches, so here are seven ideas for decorating with quilts, beyond the bed...

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Throw It Over A Headboard
Casually tossing a quilt over the headboard of a bed, whether a metal frame or an upholstered one, is a great way to add color and pattern to a bedroom. And a bonus: it can easily be switched out as the seasons/your moods change.

Hang It Creatively
If your bed doesn't have a frame of any type, here's another way to get the look: install a pole behind the bed for easy hanging options (this can be done in pretty much any other room, as well).

Drape It Over A Sofa
A well-placed quilt changes the look of your living room and offers easy access to TV-night coziness in one fell swoop.

Add Softness To A "Hard" Space
Hanging a quilt in an unexpected location, like a dining room or kitchen (obviously not too near food preparation areas), is a great way to bring softness and texture to a room which is normally full of harder surfaces.

Use As A Pop Of Color
In an otherwise neutral room, a bright, graphic quilt can introduce the perfect pop of color, and can even serve as a jumping-off point for creating an entire scheme.

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Or Go Crazy with Color
Part of the charm of older quilts is the irreverent mix of colors and patterns; at a certain point, everything "goes", and there's no limit to what you can mix in. If you have a maximalist streak, a patterned quilt might be just the ticket.

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Go Big
Don't be afraid to be bold: displaying a queen or king-sized number on a bare wall makes a big impact.

Did you grow up with quilts, or do you decorate with them now? Any tips beyond throwing them on a bed or hanging them on a wall?

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