By Madeleine Howell
"An inviting bedding set may not only induce sweet dreams as you tuck yourself in after a long day: it could also provide a much-needed splash of colour, riot of print or array of sensual textures to an otherwise nondescript bedroom.
A new duvet cover or bedspread requires far less of the commitment required when painting the walls or purchasing furniture - we like to think of it as like buying a scarf to brighten up your day, rather than investing in a whole new wardrobe.
So, how to choose the right duvet cover to create the perfect sanctuary? Firstly, there's the question of style: would you like a set that's feminine and floral, bright and striped, or geometric? Are you a follower of fashion brave enough for the Pantone Colour of the Year, Ultra Violet? Or are you simply after a soothing neutral or pastel colour scheme?
Then, of course, there's the material itself. Cotton is a popular choice, and pure 100 cotton is the most breathable and stroke-able in texture. The thread count is used to judge the quality, and measures threads per square inch. Meanwhile, cotton "fibre" refers to the cotton used, and is an indicator of quality. The longer the cotton fibre, the better. "
"Next, there's the weave to consider: percale is a plain, tight weave used for durable bedding. Sateen cotton cloth ( a cotton fabric woven like satin with a glossy surface) has a softer and silkier feel but can be less durable. Chambray uses two colours, while jacquard looms can produce complex woven patterns."
"If you have a preference for either Oxford pillowcases or housewife style pillowcases, be sure to check the matching pillowcases in a bedlinen set suit you taste - and finally, double-check the sizing is right for your mattress and bed frame before you buy.
Here's our pick of the best duvet covers and bedding sets for a good night's sleep in a beautiful setting."
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