Believe it or not, there are only two things I have asked for this Christmas. One is a new purse, because I’ve had mine for over four years and it’s truly battered (because quite frankly it takes a good beating!), and the second is new bedding.
Now there is nothing boring about asking for new bedding. It’s something you tend to put off buying for yourself, but it’s so exciting to receive. I love the feeling of putting newly bought bedding onto my bed for the first time. There’s just something so satisfying about it!
I’ve asked my Sister to buy me a light grey bedding set for my double bed. I find grey a gorgeous colour for the bedroom as it’s light and fresh, yet stylish and modern too. It goes with pretty much anything: cream walls or carpets, prints or stripes, and plays the part of that neutral colour for when you share a bedroom with your other half. I mean, my boyfriend would never let me go for pink, put it that way!
The one I found was whilst browsing the duvet cover sets by Yorkshire Linen Co. It’s this lovely grey Polycotton Percale Duvet Cover Set below. Whilst I’m all excited about duvet covers this Winter, here’s a couple of tips I’ve rounded up on how to get your bed all ready for Winter with the help of duvet covers…
1. Print Vs Plain
There is a general rule of thumb which comes with selecting duvet covers for your bedroom, and it’s simple to follow. Duvet covers with subtle prints, stripes, light florals or a range of colours work well in larger bedrooms – where you want the bed to be the focal point and stand out.
Bedrooms that are small will already battle with ‘busyness’ to the eye when you look around the room. You want a small bedroom to look as spacious and clutter free as possible, therefore a plain, one colour bedding set will create this illusion. It doesn’t matter what colour you go for, although lighter colours tend to trick the eye that the room is larger, whilst brighter bolder colours can close this in slightly.
2. Consider the colour and thread
Winter is the perfect time to update your bedding, as Winter is one long season, filled with longer, colder nights. If you want your bedroom to reflect the icy season, you can do this by choosing rich reds, plum tones and warm berry colours (whether plain or as part of a pattern). This is a traditional place to start in making your room a cosy Winter haven.
When it comes to thread count, it really depends on how cold/warm you tend to feel at night. A thread count of 180-200 is fine for most, but for that real luxury hotel feel, a 400 thread-count set is recommended. When buying a set,make sure to check exactly what’s included in the price. Dimensions can vary too for manufacturers outside the UK.
3. Skip on ironing!
If you dream of that hotel standard, crisp, white linen but wince at the thought of ironing, look for a bedding set that is a mix of polyester and cotton. This will keep your bedding set super soft yet easy to care for, and the 200-thread count has a quality feel.
Retailer Feather& Black have bedding which are designed to deliver in this category,and rather than buy a set, you pick what you need from the range. A double duvet and pair of housewife pillowcases costs £32.
4. Stick to tradition and not fashion
If you think about it, buying new bedding isn’t something we do as often as we buy fashion. Fashion is fast for a reason – the trends change, and there are so many affordable fast-fashion online retailers, you can easily pick up a new top for a tenner.
But bedding should be bought to last you a long while, so bear this in mind when selecting a print.
Try to avoid choosing patterns or print which follow a fashion trend and go fora classic design instead. Paisley, stripes and checks work well season after season, year after year, without going out of fashion. This Topaz Paisley Natural Duvet Cover Set as shown below is the perfect print to bring out each year, without it ever dating.
Overall, it’s best that you find a duvet covet which is going to give you durability and longevity, but one which also acts as a cosy, welcoming set for those cold Winter nights.