Reboot your bedroom decor for summer
I fell into a little Pinterest rabbit hole the other day, looking for trends in the bedroom for summer and the main colours that I am seeing are zesty yellows, warm reds and cool blues coming together to create a fiesta mix, to spice things up in your decor and get you in the mood for summer. I did a little research about summer bedding (so you don't have to!) and here's what you need to consider before you make your next purchase for bedroom decor this month. Then scroll to the end to see my new summer bedding and bedroom styling.
Your heavy winter duvet could possibly make you overheat during the warmer summer nights. You will likely wake up sweaty in the middle of the night (use a cushion protector to avoid stains!), have a restless sleep and of course feel exhausted in the morning.
It is very important to keep your body temperature at an appropriate level consistently throughout your sleep. So your search for summer bedding should start with the duvet. If your home is very well insulated, and you are not keen on leaving windows open, then having a lighter duvet is all you need for the warmer months.
Duvet buying guide
When buying a duvet, you will no doubt have to decode what TOG is and identify the most appropriate for your needs. Put simply, Tog is a measurement of thermal insulation.
A low Tog number indicates a low level of insulation, a lighter duvet, good for warm rooms in warm months.
A high number duvet on the other side means that this is a duvet you would need to have during the winter or in rooms that have drafts, or bad insulation.
Mistakenly, some people think that TOG stands for the quality of the duvet and as such buy the highest possible, when they don't really need a heavy duvet! Our bodies after all prefer a cool to normal temperature when going to sleep. Here's a handy guide when ordering a new duvet. Pin the photo for later to keep this in mind.
A great solution to buying multiple duvets for the different seasons is to get this versatile all-seasons duvet featuring two duvets with different togs, which can be joined together or taken apart to provide the perfect level of warmth throughout the year.
USE LIGHTER FABRICS
To keep cool, you will want to avoid heavier fabrics like flannel of course. They may feel super-cosy but they are guaranteed to make you wake up in a sweat!
My favourite option would be linen throughout summer. Wonderfully tactile to the touch and appealingly simple, it will make a beautiful foundation for a host of additional decorative elements. It delivers enhanced breathability to ensure your temperature is regulated for an undisturbed, and truly sumptuous night's sleep.
The John Lewis Croft collection 100% linen comes in three colours to choose from:
USE PATTERNS THAT REVEAL A TREND
Escape to your summer sanctuary with a pattern that is a riot of colour and reveals a specific trend.
The KAS Zapari features fresh, tropical blooms, against a Moroccan tiled design, perfect for having a go at the ethnic trend. Printed on luxe-to-the-touch cotton sateen and bordered by contrast piping, the lush front is complemented by an ornate tiled print depicted in cool blue, on the reverse.
While the Janina shows a hand painted kaleidoscope of Mexican-inspired watercolours, featuring a fashionable fusion of paisley elements and modern damask.
The Bluebellgray Medina Print Cotton Duvet Cover and Pillowcase Set introduces abstract watercolour prints that are quite different to past, more recognisable BlueBellgray prints. Still, it makes this bedding a real statement piece.
Its blurred brushstrokes and pretty pastel shades will enhance any sleep space and make an attractive foundation for additional decorative elements. The bedding is crafted from pure cotton for a cool breathable feel, which will aid temperature regulation and help wick away moisture lost during sleep.
The botanical trend continues to be strong for Summer 2018. Bigger and bolder designs in saturated colours are perfect in the summer months. Greens, limes and yellows are favourites for this trend, as captured beautifully in the KAS Sacramento duvet cover. Combine it with scatter cushions like this Loewy cushion or with the V&A and John Lewis Umi Rug in blue for contrast.
If you want to wake up to a fabulous field of flowers then try this John Lewis design called Flora (it reminds us a little of Liberty fabrics) and which has been printed with a painterly effect, on a dark background, to make the colours pop.
Earn your stripes
If you want to get the feeling that you have escaped to the coast, then use stripes on your bedding for a nautical theme. Classic blue stripes give interiors a fresh, yet relaxed coastal look. Add bright red accents and bold blue textiles, or keep it calm by incorporating neutral tones with classic wooden furniture and a rattan weave rug.
The Palm Beach style
Saving the best for last, here's how the Seasons Master Bedroom got a mini makeover for summer with the latest addition in the John Lewis bedding collection: the Poolside Palm Duvet Cover Set.
This set has everything and more.
Paint referenced: DULUX
What we like about it: Palm Beach/ Palm Springs decor is big, especially in the summer months. The design is bold and colourful and the exotic leaf print will evoke warm days in tropical climes, even when it's raining!
Accessories that would work with this look in your bedroom?
Photo: Jenny Kakoudakis
Photo: Jenny Kakoudakis