Bed linen is such an important decorative element of our bedrooms. It has the ability to create a colour palette, set a tone and even completely change the feel of a space. The benefit of bed linen is that it is a relatively cost effective way to bring a new look or style into your bedroom. This means you can update your most treasured space very easily when fashion or trends change. There are many important factors to consider when purchasing bed linen. Especially so, if it is going to be a financial investment. We recommend the following:
1. Thread count—This has a very basic formula; the higher the thread count, the softer and (of course) the more expensive the linen will be. But don't be deceived, check the the material composition of the set too.
2. Material—Cotton, percale, linen, jersey and synthetic are the most common terms you will hear thrown around when it comes to buying sheets, quilts and duvets. At the end of the day, this selection comes down to your budget, how well you can maintain it, and of course, personal preference. Bare in mind, fabrics can be seasonal too. Corduroys, heavy cottons, satin and especially flannelette, are better suited to the cooler months. Linens and cottons are breathable, therefore, perfect for those warm evenings.
3. Pattern/Colour/Texture—The most fun and exciting part! Inject some individuality into your bedroom. You can use your artistic and creative license to the best of your abilities, and pick any shade, pattern or texture your heart desires.
4. Weight—Bed linen is definitely a seasonal decorative element. Blankets, heavy duvets and duck-down quilts should be stored correctly during summer, and cleaned before the cool weather starts. Make sure you are choosing the correct weight, which is of course, depends on when you need it. Some quilt sets are trans-seasonal, but be sure to check this first.
But don't forget, after you have considered the aforementioned—your bedroom is your own personal oasis. So don't be afraid to let your personality shine through! Trends come and go, and don't neglect your gut feeling and instincts.
A floral pattern is always in-vogue, and has really shown very little evidence of dating through the centuries it has been available for. Bluebellgrey has a fun and fresh range of bed linen available for the coming autumn, with exciting patterns and textures. Pictured is the Devon set, which has been modelled on a typical English country garden. Like a bouquet of fresh flowers, the print is bright and colourful, and most importantly, adds a lively and vivacious feeling to the room. A perfect trans-seasonal pattern!
Satin is a forever luxurious and stylish texture. First used by royalty and nobility, it has now become readily available to the average person. This stunning example from LuxDeco, is from The Townhouse collection, and is reminiscent of expensive hotels and penthouse suites. Once upon a time, the fringing you see around this bed was a staple, whereas nowadays, we seem to neglect this feature. But as you can see, it instantly adds a classic touch to the ensemble. By employing plush materials, this bedroom has an air of sophistication and class, and is sure to make anyone excited to return to their room at the end of the day.
Lace and embroidery are such classic textures, reminding us of the treasures we used to find carefully stored in our grandmothers cupboards. These luxury linens, usually the choice for most brides in their wedding registry, are renown for being soft and delicate, and owning a set is held in very high regard. As you can see in the picture, this set from Luella Linen is exquisitely hand-embroidered, and made from 100% pure linen. These sheets are breathable, sustainable and contrary to what you may think, will not break the bank!
Mixing texture and tones is a great way to add a warm and inviting feel to your bedroom. The combination of the fuzzy hounds-tooth blanket, woven pillows and crisp white linen, creates the perfect oasis to snuggle up under the sheets. Now that the cold is setting in, we understand that it is already difficult enough as is to get out of bed in the morning. We can assure you, with a tender set like this from Turnpost, it will only get harder!
Many homeowners and renters alike, prefer to choose bed and sheet sets in plain white. This is due to the ease of maintenance, as they can just be thrown into a hot wash with some bleach, and come out as white as they were the day they were purchased. But if you worry that this will look sterile and banal, the easiest way to add some life and opulence to your bed is via exotic patterns. If you prefer to keep your colour palette limited, the Ankatta Collection by Atelier Textiles, is a stunning blend of natural linen and velvet. This is a style the will certainly cater to a myriad of bedroom styles and personal tastes.