How to Make Your Bed for Summer
Create a sleep sanctuary on warm nights.
This story originally appeared on RealSimple.com.
Now that summer is upon us, you might want to consider giving your bed a mini-makeover. A few styling changes can help you welcome this relaxed and cheerful season, while bedding swaps will make for a cooler, more comfortable night’s sleep. Here’s what the experts had to say:
Swap Your Bedding
Your heavy duvet and flannel sheets might have kept you warm during chilly nights, but now that the temperature is rising, they’ll only leave you tossing and turning and drenched in sweat. “Winter is all about adding layers,” interior stylist Jason Grant says. “When the sun comes back out, it’s time to remove these layers. Think about using lighter fabrics, like linen or cotton, and avoiding wool and other heavy fabrics for your bedding.”
Winter is perfect for moody, dark colors, but in the summer it’s all about cheerful, sunny hues. You probably wear brighter shades and retire your darker clothes during these warmer months, so why not do the same with your bedding? “Color schemes should be lighter: I like pale yellow or cream linen sheets and a white coverlet or duvet,” interior designer Sarah Magness says. Grant also recommends using this casual season to experiment more—try vivid colors and mix-and-match patterns if you’re brave enough.
Shed Some Layers
A minimalist-style will also keep your bed cool in the summer months—if you have a lot of layers on your bed (pillows and blankets), it will be a lot hotter and less airy. “Pillows are always a personal choice, but I prefer less in the warmer months,” Magness says. If you still want to keep all your throw pillows on the bed, at least swap out the heavier velvet or faux-fur ones for lighter versions in linen and cotton.
Make Some Small Décor Changes
To celebrate the sunnier season, you can also add in some summery accents to the rest of your bedroom. “Embrace the outdoors and bring them in with indoor plants,” Grant says. “Or hang breezier curtains, or a sheer canopy to create a vacation feel in bed.” Magness also suggests misting linen sprays of lavender or lemon verbena—both relaxing summer scents—over your bed.