A fresh new duvet cover set can completely change the look and feel of a bed. We’ve all seen those lust-worthy bedroom set ups on Pinterest and Instagram, piled high with pillows and adorned with throws; but before you get into any of the fineries and fripperies, think about the bedsheets and covers for your bedroom.
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What to consider when buying bedding
Duvet covers are what come into contact with our skin, so it’s important to spare a thought for their construction. Egyptian cotton is probably the most recognisable name in the bedding biz, and with good reason, as its extra-long fibres make smooth, soft and durable sheets for maximum comfort and an indulgent feel.
Most bedding sets you come across on the market will likely be cotton, with the occasional cotton-synthetic or cotton-cashmere blend, but take a moment to think about the weave, too. Sateen is very soft with a subtle lustre, while percale is more matt with a crisp feel to it that’s perfect for sleepers prone to overheating and anyone looking to achieve the ideal hotel bed linen look in their own home.
And then there’s the fun bit: the design. Whether you prefer a White Company-inspired tone-on-tone look that’s all about the texture, a big, bold pattern, or something in between the two, you’re sure to be well catered-for with our round-up of the best bedsheets and duvet covers in the shops now.
We can't get enough of the relaxed vibes of linen bedding at the moment, not to mention that this material's low maintenance, natural crease means we don't have to touch the iron. As far as linen sheets go, Eve's offering is definitely our favourite. They’re cool, yet cosy plus the breathable, moisture-wicking material stays fresh and basically feels like you are always jumping into clean sheets.
Linen doesn’t just feel incredibly soft on your skin, it’s super durable. It can last twice as long as other popular bedding materials. Wash it up to 60ºC as many times as you like. In fact, the more you wash it, the softer it gets.
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For first-class luxury in your very own bedroom, look no further than The White Company’s Savoy collection. This set boasts 400-thread-count sheets made with fine Egyptian cotton, with a cool, crisp percale weave intended for the closest thing to a hotel bed you can hope to get at home. Minimal and elegant in all its incarnations, we particularly like the white and navy version of this bedding, with high-quality stitching that creates an immaculate solid border for a polished look. Simply stunning, if a bit pricey.
Any one of Orla Kiely’s iconic designs would make a great centrepiece for any retro-themed bedroom, or a more minimal scheme in need of a punch of colour and pattern. This Summer Flower Stem bedding set has a deliciously ‘70s look to it, and a cotton percale finish that promises to be smooth and crisp to the touch and keep its cool at night. For a designer duvet cover which will be sure to last, it’s great value. A simple and not overly expensive way to make a statement in your next bedroom project.
The White Company's elegant Evesham collection might just be the ultimate luxury bedding. Made from their smoothest cotton with a hint of sumptuous cashmere, the sheets bring together the best of both worlds, promising to be soft and smooth, cosy and ultra-light all at once. It’s a big claim, but those who own it seem to agree, calling it 'pure luxury'. Plus, the combination of slubby-look pale grey and neat Oxford-style edging is fabulous, managing to look both relaxed in pretty much any interior scheme. For its versatility and luxury, it’s a real winner.
If the bright and breezy look isn't for you, try this premium Ralph Lauren bedding set for size. It scores highly in the style stakes with its intense indigo hue, a deep, saturated alternative to the usual white or grey that still sets of a relaxing mood in the bedroom, but with an unmistakably masculine vibe. A great addition to a New England-style interior, it promises to feel as good as it looks with sheets crafted from fine, soft Egyptian cotton, all set off with Lauren’s iconic embroidered polo player logo in contrasting cerise.
Want to add some boho vibes to your bedroom? This duvet cover will do just that, and it's finished with adorable coloured tassels, too. Simply pair with a copious amount of cushions and you've got the look. Although they're sold separately, it's well worth completing the set with matching pillowcases and a fitted sheet.