Having a beautifully decorated bedroom can work wonders for the mind, but having the right bedding for your needs can work miracles for your body too. It is important to choose bedding that not only matches the decor in your room, but also meets your physical needs.
Choosing your sheets is the first step to creating the perfect bedding set. You should look for sheets that fit your bed perfectly, without having to be stretched to reach the corners or having too much slack when fitted onto the mattress.
The fabric of the sheets is important to the comfort level of your bed. Materials such as cotton or cotton blends are the most recommended for sheeting, while flannel sheets are ideal for winter weather. Look for sheets in colours which match the rest of your linen ensemble or in shades that contrast your wall colours.
The next step is to look for comforters, duvets and blankets. The duvets and comforters South Africa has to offer are often geared towards summer living, but there are some options for cold winter nights.
Having different choices for the weather changes is important, as a heavy duvet or comforter for summer will cause you to overheat while sleeping. Duvets covers and inners are ideal for those who enjoy changing the look of their bedroom on a regular basis, because they can be changed easily. Look for inners that are hypoallergenic and non-toxic.
Does thread count matter?
Often in stores, you will see Egyptian cotton bedding and linen offering a 400 thread count. But what does this mean? A higher thread count in sheets usually means a softer feeling sheet with more durability. However, there are some sheets with a 200 thread count that are equally as luxurious those with 400 upwards.
The thread count of sheeting should only matter if you are looking specifically for an indulgent bed, otherwise normal sheets will work just as well. Look for sheets with a 200 thread count for durability and strength, which will last longer than the cheaper sheets with only an 80 or 100 count.
Remember to choose pillows and pillowcases, because no bed is complete without a comfortable place to rest your head. Be sure to look for pillows that cradle your head and neck, offering support throughout the night. If you suffer from allergies, invest in a hypoallergenic pillow.
Pillowcases are often included in matching bedding sets but if you are interested in an eclectic look, mix it up and choose pillowcases in contrasting colours and patterns. Choose a pillowcase made from the same fabric as your comforter or duvet so your entire body will be comfortable throughout the night.
The quilt question
If you are looking to add extra flair to your bed but are stuck for ideas, a quilt might be the perfect solution. Quilts are made up of different squares of material sewn together to make a piece of bedding. They can be subtle, with pastel colours or bright and bold with zany patterns in each square.
Woollen quilts are popular during winter, but if you have sensitive skin, avoid these and rather opt for cotton or polycotton quilts. A quilt does not have to match the bedding colours necessarily, in fact, you can choose one with contrasting colours to add an element of visual interest to the bedroom.
Choose fun accents
Once you have chosen the perfect bedding to fit your needs, you can start to have fun adding elements to your bed. Look for quirky cushions with patterns and interesting textures. A plush continental pillow will make a welcome extra to the bed of any bookworm who enjoys reading before falling asleep.
If you are creating a minimalist aesthetic, look for cushions in neutral colours that have different textures, such as pure cotton or satin. A minimalist bed does not have to be boring if you add the right amount of chic elements. Be sure that all the extras you add are hypoallergenic if you have allergies or skin sensitivities.
Choose timeless colour combinations
Your bedding is an important decor aspect to your bedroom, meaning that it should be chosen with aesthetic in mind. Look for colour combinations that are timeless rather than seasonal, such as black and white, white and brown or a simple off-white set.
Your colours should also match the rest of the room, complementing rather than clashing. If you have a brightly painted wall, choose bedding in a dark grey or a solid colour block. Patterns are only suitable if your walls are simple and uncluttered, too many in one space can make a room feel small and claustrophobic.
Enjoy choosing these creature comforts
The most important thing to remember when choosing bedding is to have fun. It does not have to be difficult and there is no need to overthink anything. Your bedroom is your haven from the outside world, and so choosing your duvets, comforters and pillows should be equally as peaceful and enjoyable.