Love Where You Lie: How to Upgrade Your Bedding for Every Season
There is no “one size fits all” when choosing bed linens and textiles for a bedroom. Everyone has different tastes, but there is one rule you should abide by: Your bedroom textiles should evolve over the course of the year not only to express your style, but also for maximum comfort that reflects the look and feel of the changing seasons. The textiles you use in your bedroom have the greatest impact on the atmosphere of the space.
A bedroom can be transformed easily and affordably by altering the bedding, accents and draperies. Of course, these alterations aren’t purely aesthetic. Proper bedding also gives you the support you need to sleep better. By investing in necessities and staple bedding items like a mattress, pillows and mattress pad early on, you can build off them to create the look and feel you want all year long.
Changing your bed linens seasonally is similar to seasonally changing your wardrobe. Just as you throw off that down parka once winter is over, you should remove your bed’s down comforter and replace it with something lighter. Fresh bed linens that are suitable for the season will help you get a good night’s rest and give the room an entirely new look.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding
on appropriate bedding for each season:
It may seem obvious, but when you shop for bedding, make sure you select the appropriate size for your bed and mattress. A King and a California King are not one in the same, and there are length differences between a Twin and Twin XL. Pillow tops and mattress pads can also impact the fit of bed linens. Bedding will fit, function and look best if it is properly sized for the bed.
One of the most important bedding elements is the material. Different materials provide varying levels of heat retention and breathability, which is important to match to the seasons over the course of the year. The fabrics you choose for summer should contrast with those you would use in the winter. Cotton, bamboo, silk, flannel, percale, sateen, jersey and linen all offer assorted levels of comfort against the skin, and depending on the ambient temperature in the room, they can also make you warmer or cooler.
Warmer fabrics (best used during colder months) include: flannel, which has a warm and fuzzy nap, as well as sateen and silk, which are incredibly insulating for being so lightweight. The right sheets during the colder months can also allow you to turn down the thermostat a few degrees and save on energy costs.
Fabrics that keep you cooler tend to breathe better and are typically made of natural materials. These include cotton and cotton blends (including percale and jersey), as well as linen and bamboo.
If you suffer from allergies, natural materials tend to be a better choice than synthetic. Stick to hypoallergenic bamboo, cotton and hemp over polyester and sateen. You also want to avoid down and feather fill inside comforters, duvets and pillows. Instead, stick with cotton fills and memory foam pillows.
The weight of your bedding is typically proportional to the amount of warmth it provides. In warmer seasons, you want lighter weight bed covers than in the cooler months.
The warmth of a duvet or comforter can also be affected by the fill power (the amount of space the fill takes up). This is because the ability to trap air inside the fill is what ]insulates you from the cold. Lightweight fills with more fill power can insulate just as well as heavier fills that tend to be more densely packed (and thus allow for less air to be trapped). Polyester and cotton fills have less fill power than down or feathers, and therefore tend to be heavier to provide the same amount of warmth.
Another exception to the weight rule is silk or sateen. Although these are extremely lightweight materials, they tend to cling to the body and don’t allow much air to circulate. This lack of airflow makes them better insulators and tends to keep you warmer than a heavier cotton or cotton blend.
The easiest way to adapt and optimize your bedding is to use multiple layers. Layering multiple bed coverings allows you to adjust to the temperature by taking off or adding layers of varying weights and materials. It also allows for people who share a single bed to maintain different levels of warmth.
The texture of bed linens can vary greatly depending on thread count (the number of threads woven together in a square inch of fabric). In the past, the mark of a fabric’s quality would typically be a higher thread count, however this is no longer true for bed linens. Some moderate thread count sheets are soft and luxurious because of the quality of the material itself.
Thread count also indicates how tightly packed the fibers tend to be, and can be an indication of airflow and breathability. Lower thread count sheets allow air to pass more freely and are less insulating, which helps keep you cool in the warmer months.
You should consider the ease of washing textiles when you purchase seasonal bed linens. If you believe bedding will need more laundering than average (on children’s beds or in areas where pets may sleep, for example), you will want to purchase linens that can stand up well to machine washing and drying. Many textiles can be found in wrinkle-free blends (usually with the addition of polyester), such as jersey or sateen, but you should avoid 100 percent cotton and linen, which tend to wrinkle easily.
Function isn’t the only thing to think about when you buy seasonal bed linens. You also want to think about your bedroom decor and design. Bedcoverings are a huge part of establishing a room’s style, so the color and pattern should make sense in the context of the rest of the room.
Also keep in mind that lighter colored sheets don’t absorb as much heat (especially if the bed is placed near a window and/or comes in direct contact with sunlight), while darker ones will get warmer.
Now, let’s explore some of the seasonal design modifications you may want to implement when you decide on bed linens over the course of the year.
The season of rebirth, spring is a great time to give your bedroom a refresh. Search for light and airy fabrics in bright colors and florals. These design elements give the room new life after winter’s dark and heavy colors. A plain, clean, monochromatic color scheme for the room reflects a fresh start. Sticking to whites, which can act as a neutral backdrop for the rest of your decor and accessories, will make the room appear larger and brighter. Be on the lookout for popular white sales this time of year to pick up all your alabaster textiles and decorations at a discount.
Springtime is also an ideal season to take down heavy winter curtains and replace them with lighter materials that let in spring breezes and sunlight. Sheer curtains let in plenty of light and brighten the room as the daylight hours grow longer and still offer adequate privacy. Solid light colors or floral patterns give the room a spring feeling, even in the evening hours.
The incorporation of whites and creams in your bedding and accessories is a pleasing way to expand a space, but spring rooms don’t have to be boring or colorless. Touches of spring colors, such as pastels or metallics in accents like throw pillows, wall art and decorative accessories will liven up your room.
Gold and silver, as well as dark brown and black, can function as neutrals and fit in almost any situation. A gold mirror or a set of gold gilded photo frames above the bed or a piece of furniture will pop out against the clean simplicity of a mostly white room. These darker neutrals help anchor the eye and provide a sense of weight. Dark accents and warm wood tones can also offer balance and keep the space from looking overly feminine.
Another way to add interest is to include natural motifs, such as flowers and plants. Natural elements with floral prints brings the beauty of spring indoors. Floral designs can be used in bedding or accessories and paired with cut fresh flowers on the bedside table or subtle floral patterns in pillows, accessories or art.
Compared to the clean freshness of spring, the summer months offer a much more relaxed and casual atmosphere. The summer is typically a home’s most hassle-free and comfortable time of year, and your bedroom should also feel that way.
Bold colors and patterns along with warm and welcoming textures lend visual interest and make your bedroom fun. Summer is the perfect excuse to let your personality shine in your bedroom space. Graphic designs and vivid colors make the room come alive.
Use light and breathable fabrics, such as cotton, bamboo and linen so that you can be pleasantly cool even in the warmer summer months.
The ease of fabric care is another thing you should consider in the summer. With increased likelihood of pollen, dust and sand entering your home, you may opt to use fabrics that are easy to clean and dry quickly. Nobody wants to spend their summer in the laundry room! Many bed linens are easy to wash and wrinkle free, which means less time spent washing and drying.
To block out the summer heat and keep the room dark during the long summer days, opaque or lined curtains work best. Dark colors offer a contrast without appearing too heavy.
Don’t forget to punch things up with your accessories. Large-scale patterns of saturated color impart personality and complement bold colors and graphic designs well.
Summer motifs and themes bring a carefree summer aura to the space. Beachy, nautical, patriotic or farmhouse are just a few examples of summer styles which work well in bedroom spaces.
As the temperature drops and the colors change, fall is a wonderful time to embrace the more natural elements from the great outdoors. Autumn’s beauty is on display and can be used as inspiration for bedroom decoration.
A muted, neutral color palette with accents of reds, oranges and browns transfers fall colors into your space. This palette is familiar and a retreat from the chill of the outside.
Don’t be intimidated by darker colors and accessories. Wood tones, medium-dark colors and plaids bring a homey comfort to your bedroom and a richness that isn’t experienced during the rest of the year.
Incorporate layers like throw blankets and comforters to keep you warmer during the temperature fluctuations you often get in the fall months. Cottons and flannels are excellent options for bed linens because they are breathable and warm.
Think about fall bed linens in the same way you would think about your fall clothing. Soft layers should be closest to your skin, with additional layers for warmth that can be taken on and off depending on the temperature.
Knits, flannels and jerseys also work well for the fall months. Both cozy and warm, knit fabrics can be incorporated into blankets, throws and even pillows.
In the cooler months, keep the cold air out from drafty windows with thermal-lined curtains. The thick material is specifically designed to stop drafts and seal out the cold.
To keep thermal curtains from feeling too heavy, choose neutral colors that closely match the room’s wall color. This allows them to blend in without being too dark or overwhelming.
In the final season of the year, your bedroom should become a snug haven. Heavy comforters, quilts, flannel sheets and an electric heating pad can keep your bed warm even during the coldest nights. Again, layers offer flexibility for fluctuating temperatures.
Winter is your chance to feature luxurious fabrics in your space. Fur, leathers, fleece and flannel are winter-friendly materials that stand up to the cold.
Like those used in the fall, insulated curtains can block out the cold from drafty windows. Choose rich materials such as velvet for your curtains or drapes to add texture.
Earthy wood tones and natural elements, like those featured in holiday decorating, can transform the space into a rustic and welcoming getaway. Consider warm colors such as browns and reds if you want your space to feel inviting.
If you prefer a clean look, include dark and intense elements such as leather and fur in your accent pieces. Also keep your bedding light and neutral.
Include bursts of red and brown with pillows or throws to give you a touch of color for the winter months without seeming overly showy.
Your bedroom should be your oasis all year round. Changing your bedding and linens to reflect the weather and seasons will not only make the space more comfortable, but also more beautiful.
When you select the type and style of bed linens for different times of year, keep in mind not only how they need to function, but also the overall appearance and ambiance of the room. Depending on the time of year, new linens give the space a completely unique mood.
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