The Well Dressed Bed

The change of seasons is always a perfect excuse for making subtle little changes around the home, and autumn is no exception. The room that usually gets most attention as the nights start drawing in at home, is the bedroom. Sometimes it’s just a question of putting away the summer duvet, changing the covers for something heavier, and piling on the throws. But I must admit it’s often the perfect excuse for a little retail therapy!


This lovely feminine floral from Christy has a beautiful hand-painted feel. On smooth and silky sateen, duvet cover £89, pillowcase pair, £35.

I used to be an all-white person but in recent years there are so many tempting and beautiful bed-linen options around that I am starting to waver a little. Restraint has to be exercised though and I would normally advise that if the room already has lots of pattern or the walls are covered in statement wallpaper, it’s usually better to stick to white or at least an un-patterned colour on the bed.


Also from Christy, this Chantilly White bed linen features luxurious all-over embroidery and stylish ladder stitch detailing. Duvet cover £99, pillowcase £20.

That doesn’t have to be a boring option. White can be pin-tucked, edged with lace, waffle or subtly striped, depending on the look you’re after. Just as patterned can mean ticking, city stripes, coastal checks or full-on floral numbers. It’s all down to personal choice.


More is definitely more, from House of Fraser. Throws in rust or citrine are £85 each, the chevron cushion is £45, the Wildwood print double duvet set is £70, the Harper print double duvet set is £70, and the velvet teal cushion is £40.

But the well-dressed bed is not just a question of buying a duvet cover and matching pillowcases of course. A throw or two at the end of the bed is more that just a decorative touch. They can be very welcome on colder nights when a duvet is not quite enough. They are handy for the occasional afternoon nap when you don’t necessarily want to climb into bed but you want to snuggle up. And I’ve even been known to pull one over my shoulders when reading late at night.


Sainsbury’s Home Country Fair collection features a profusion of cottage garden flowers coordinated perfectly with a wool checked throw and white crochet. Prices from £10.

But dressing involves more that just practical choices. Adding a couple of co-ordinating cushions is like adding earrings to an outfit. They’re not necessary but they add the final finishing touch. They can pull a look together, they can add a pop of colour, they can add welcome texture and they can even inject some humour into a scheme.


The new Ted Baker bed linen collection from Housing Units features lavish blooms with a nude colour palette creating a romantic and dreamy feel. Duvet covers from £85, pillowcases from £35.

Or even a little bling bling!

August 31, 2015



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    September 22, 2015

    I too am being tempted away from my all-white bedlinen with the colourful ranges on offer – but I do love that embroidered white – gorgeous! Thanks for the lovely tips – I think bedding is my weakness, more than shoes, and agree that autumn is a great time for buying in some new.

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      September 23, 2015

      In that case Molly I think I have many weaknesses. 🙂


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