The smartest dressed beds are those which have the flexibility to go from summer to winter, day to night, comforting haven to sensuous boudoir. Layering is key: invest in the best linens, throws and duvets/eiderdowns you can afford.

1) A good quality cotton or linen sheet will keep its shape for longer, will breathe well, keeping you cool in summer, warm in winter, and will only improve with age – the more you wash and care for good-quality bedlinens, the softer and more soothing they become.

2) Pure cotton, wool and cashmere throws are the perfect way to adapt to the seasons all year round: as with sheeting, natural fibres like wool breathe well and are easily layered to ensure you don’t overheat or shiver to death during the night (a sure fire way to ruin a restful sleep). They mould to your body to coset and comfort your body whereas a heavy duvet or thick blanket finds it much harder to help regulate your body temperature.

3) For creating a refuge from the outside world, try teaming subtle, natural hues like white, cream, taupe, blue and brown together: try a plain coloured fitted sheet with a striped top sheet, cable-knit throws and generous-sized Oxford pillowcases with cording and bold button detailing.

4) For creating a room that zings with vitality, mix vibrant hues like raspberry, red, orange and green: team plain coloured sheets with a wild floral-printed or swirly-striped duvet cover and matching top pillowcases. Add an eclectic touch with a throw in patchwork patterns and hues or crocheted mohair or wool.

5) For something a little sexier, experiment with Marie Antoinette hues (pale, dusky pink, lilac, silvery grey and pistachio green) in silky satins with a lovely quilt, bolster and boudoir cushions and a scented candle in a musky, woody exotic scent.

6) For creating a vintage mood, team linen sheets with an antique eiderdown decorated in a sweet, subtle floral print. Works beautifully with a wrought-iron of padded French bed. Don’t forget a small posey of garden-grown roses in a bud vase by the side of the bed.

7) Invest in a blanket box or padded stool with internal storage to sit at the end of the bed, making it easy to add and take away layers according to your whims or the seasons (and infuse with natural moth repellents like cedar wood and lavender to protect your precious textiles).

Take a look at the different options available to you at Dotmaison. Our bedding, throws and cushions will leave you spoilt for choice.

January 6th, 2010

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