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...
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.
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.
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?