We’re only a month into summer here in the Northeast, and we’ve already had quite the stretch of heat and humidity. Don’t get us wrong—we’re not complaining about a little sunshine, but we have to admit that it can be a challenge to sleep comfortably when the barometer rises. Luckily, Annie has created this simple guide for putting together the perfect summer bed.
1. Start with a good-quality, lightweight cotton percale sheet set. “Crisp cotton sheets are a must,” Annie says. “They don’t retain heat like a Tencel or bamboo, so they feel cooler against your skin.” Opt for a set in white, ivory, or a pale color like sky for a lightweight look feel.
2. If you have air-conditioning, skip the flat sheet and cover up with a coordinating cotton percale duvet. Annie loves an all-white palette for summer—it’s got that airy, coastal-resort look that’s genderless and works with any décor style.
3. If you don’t have air-conditioning, keep the flat sheet and layer a matelassé coverlet on top. The lighter weight is just right for cooler nights, and adds a bit of texture to those smooth cotton sheets. You could try a woven cotton blanket, which adds almost no weight, but lots of vibrant pattern. This top layer is a great place for a zingy shot of bright color, so have fun with it. And don’t forget the matching shams, or coordinating shams in a different hue!
4. For cooler climates or toward the end of the season, toss a duvet over your coverlet. Linen is the most absorbent fiber, making it perfect for humid regions. We’re also loving these rich-looking smocked duvets, which offer tons of character but little weight. For a more eclectic look, try a kantha-inspired quilt. As Annie notes, “these are terrific for making your bed look a little more dressed up. Fold it down at night if you don’t need it, then pull it up and smooth it in the morning for a simple yet polished look.”
5. Keep a lightweight throw nearby. Whether you toss it over a chair or lay it across the foot of the bed, a throw can be just the ticket on a breezy evening. Bonus: a throw is often on the petite side, so two people can share the bed in comfort without arguing how many layers to use on each side. Annie’s current favorites are these cozy new knit throws and these beachy beauties.