As the temperatures creep up, we inevitably peel back—and pare back—the covers on our beds. And while we want our bedrooms to look incredible, what we really need for summer is lightweight, breathable, machine-washable coordinates that keep us cool even on the hottest of nights. Today Annie’s walking us through her three easy tips for putting together an easy-breezy summer bed.
1. Save the fully decked-out bed for spring, fall, and winter, when you can go whole hog with the layering. Instead, select a three-piece combo: sheets, a lightweight quilt or coverlet, and a throw folded at the end, for nights that dip into chilly territory.
2. Opt for all-natural, breathable fabrics. While we love the coziness of Tencel (a bamboo derivative) and sateen for the cooler months, they have a drapey, wrap-happy quality that makes them a bit too warm for our summer tastes. Annie’s favorite pairing is percale sheets—the higher the thread count, the better the cool factor—with a cotton voile quilt; the percale is silky against the skin without stickiness (even on an, ahem, sweatier evening), while the voile provides just enough lightweight warmth overnight and into dawn. We also love lightweight cotton sheets paired with linen, the gold-standard fabric of hot climates around the world.
3. If you’re craving more pattern and color on your summer bed, skip the extra covers and instead choose a few decorative pillows. Throw pillows will instantly elevate your design during the day, and can be easily stashed on a chair or dresser during the night.