We spend, ideally, eight hours every night in our beds and even longer in our bedrooms. It is therefore important that our evening sanctuary be as comfortable and pleasing as possible, regardless of its size. Having quality, beautiful bed linens is one way to pamper ourselves as we rest.
The price range for bedding is huge but unlike many other things, price does reflect the quality. However, most people would agree that a good night’s sleep is worth splurging on so here are some thoughts on how to choose the right materials and styles to please your senses and mind every night.
Patterns and styles
Be bold when it comes to styles. With the plethora of choices available, why not have some fun and get your creative juices flowing in your own refuge? A bed always looks more chic when you play with patterns and colours, and match them with the walls, curtains and other furnishings. Prop up some throw pillows in front and lay out a textured blanket at the end of the bed to add a touch of refinement. With these accessories, you can easily create a new setting by changing them up every now and then. It is a fun and easy way to refresh the mood of the bedroom without having to make new purchases all the time.
Texture is another great element to play with. Bedding with a subtle pattern keep whites from being boring and hide wrinkles. Pintucks, ruching and pleats add visual interest especially on cushion covers, bedspreads and decorative blankets. Plain-coloured bedding with borders always looks classic, crisp and clean.
All Things Tactile
The rule of thumb is the thread count, but it is not the only thing that affects how a bed sheet feels against your skin. Thread count is often used as a measure of smoothness and durability but the type of cotton is actually more significant. Cotton is the most commonly used material for bed sheets and 100 percent Egyptian cotton is considered top-of-the-line. It refers to cotton grown from the seed, and not necessarily cotton grown in Egypt. It has long fibres that produce bedding that is thin, soft and yet very strong, resistant and long-lasting.
Pima cotton, or trade name Supima cotton, is the second best. The lowest end of the spectrum is American upland cotton, which is rougher and less expensive. The best bedsheets would be made in 100 percent Egyptian-cotton set in percale or sateen. The former is a plain, matte weave with a crisp, cool feel, while sateen has a lustrous and satiny finish.
As for thread count, which refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads in one square inch of fabric, the higher it is, the softer and more durable the bedding will be. A count of 200 or higher is considered good quality.
Bed sheets can also be made from linen and silk, which are more luxurious and expensive but require special care. High-quality linen sheets can last for decades and feel cooler than cotton, so they are especially popular in warmer climates. Silk sheets, on the other hand, are ideal for staying warm in the winter.
The world’s finest hotels and super yachts grace their beds with brands such as Frette, Loro Piana, Sferra, Somma and Pratesi, all renowned makers of fine linens and bedroom textiles. Frette, the renowned 150-year old Italian house with a star-studded following, is known for its intricate jacquard designs, printed using a trademark process that produces solid colours that do not fade easily. Compatriots Loro Piana, celebrated for its high quality wool and cashmere, offers a unique collection encompassing a wide range of weaves, patterns and colours that can be personalised.
However, feel is entirely personal so the right bedding would be the ones that give you the best night’s rest. Sleep on it to decide.