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Bedding Swaps for a cool, fresh summer

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been waiting for summer to come back since it dipped below 50 degrees for the first time.

It’s time to put the snow shovel away and grab the boogie boards.

The season of miserable cold has worn out its welcome, and it’s time for pool parties and BBQ’s.

With the change of the seasons comes a few chores we have to check off the list, so we’re ready for summer.

We need to swap out the snowsuit for the swimsuit, snow boots for flip flops, and bulky sweaters for tank tops.

We need to finally open our windows after a long winter to let fresh air in, and let all the toxins inside of the house make their way out.

The extra blankets you have on your couch can probably be put away, and your beanies can be exchanged for baseball hats.

There’s also some work to be done in the bedroom to make sure you’re as comfortable as can be all summer long.

You need to swap out your heavy winter bedding for bedding that will keep you cool in the summer.

No one wants to wake up at 6 am already sweating because their covers are too heavy.

In the article below we will talk about five bedding swaps to help you get ready for summer.

Table Of Contents

  • Ditch The Duvet

  • Replace Your Current Duvet With A Lux Linen

  • Change Your Colors

  • Skip The Top Sheet

  • Swap The Fabrics

  • It's Almost Here

 

Ditch The Duvet

The duvet inserts probably aren’t going to be necessary heading into the summer months.

Instead, you can opt for a quilt.

Quilts will be heavy enough to keep you warm, but they won’t have you waking up looking like your fresh out of a sauna.

And most quilts are double-sided, so you can choose between the linen side of the cotton side, whichever you prefer.

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Replace Your Current Duvet With A Luxe Linen Duvet

If you got mad at me for telling you to ditch your duvet earlier, don’t worry, you have another option.

A few fabrics work really well, and linen is one of them.

Linen is extremely breathable because it is made out of flax with a looser weave.

If you’ve never used linen before, and you aren’t sure if you’ll like it, just keep an open mind.

If you aren’t used to linen, the best thing to do is start with a linen duvet cover.

This will allow you to get used to the feel of linen and see how it softens with each wash.

You’ll be able to see how you like it before committing to an entirely new sheet set.

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Change Your Colors

If you’ve got the navy blue or dark grey sheets on your bed right now, you’ll want to switch to a lighter color for summer time.

Lighter colors deflect heat while darker colors absorb it, so a set of sheets in a lighter color will keep you cooler.

It also works as a kind of a mind trick.

Even if you hop into bed hours after the sun has gone down, the lighter color will still make you feel cooler.

No matter what the actual temperature, lighter colors often trick our minds into thinking it’s cooler.

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Summer Bedding

Skip The Top Sheet

This is one of the easiest, and definitely the most affordable way to keep your bed cool in the summer.

Cut down on your layers by leaving the top sheet out when you make your bed.

It gives you the extra warmth you need in the winter, but it’s not necessary for the summer.

Some companies even sell sheet sets that come with a separate top sheet making it easy for you to opt out of the additional layer.

When you remove the top sheet, though, don’t put it too far away.

When the temperatures outside are breaking records, and it’s unbearably hot, you can replace your duvet or quilt with your unused top sheet.

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Swap Your Fabrics

If you’ve been using sateen fabric all winter, it might be best to switch to percale for the summer.

Percale is cooler to the touch than sateen, making it an excellent option for your summer bed.

In addition to being cool to the touch, percale is also lightweight and breathable, making it your go-to sheet if you tend to sleep hot in the summer.

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It’s Almost Here

Summertime is right around the corner.

Before you know it, you won’t be huddled up around the fireplace sipping hot chocolate. Instead, you’ll be outside enjoying the weather drinking water.

There are many things we have to do to prepare for the change of the season, that our bedrooms are often overlooked.

If you follow the steps above, though, your bedroom will be ready for the hot summer months.

You’ll wake up cool and refreshed instead of hot and sticky.

If you enjoyed this article, you should give these a read:

  • How to Get your Deck Ready for Summer

  • How To Mix And Match Patterns In Your Home

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How you can bring style to the foot of your bed

How You Can Bring Style To The Foot Of Your Bed

Posted on: September 10, 2019

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Nine times out of ten, the design of your bedroom revolves around your bed.

While that's fair because the bed gets most of the attention, it's important not to overlook the supporting cast of furniture and decor that will help bring the best out of your bedroom design.

The foot of your bed is often ignored, but it can be an excellent area to really make the rest of the room pop if used correctly.

From minimal designs to more layered and lived-in spaces, the foot of the bed can turn into an unsuspecting focal point for most bedrooms.

In fact, it's usually the first thing people notice when they enter a bedroom, even before the bed.

There are many things to consider when you decide what to do with the foot of your bed.

It can be a functional space for getting dressed or undressed, a spot for storage, a surface to set things on, or even a spot to enjoy your morning coffee.

The only thing you shouldn't do with the foot of your bed is leave it empty.

We brainstormed dozens of different things that anyone can do with the foot of the bed.

In the article below, we list the ideas that made the cut.

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  1. Mark It With An "X"

  2. Patterns Are Your Friends

  3. Get Studious

  4. Everybody Loves Lucite

  5. Get Comfortable With Floor Pillows

  6. Get Even More Studious

  7. Take A Load Off

  8. Don't Forgot Function

  9. Don't Ignore The Foot Of Your Bed

1. Mark the Foot of Your Bed With An "X"

Benches are a very common accompaniment to the foot of the bed.

But, there's no need to settle for a standard, boring bench.

Up the ante by choosing a more interesting silhouette.

Choose a seat wrapped in suede with legs that form an X, instead of the standard straight legs.

That simple change will give it mega appeal and will help punctuate the big picture.

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2. Patterns Are Your Footboard's Friend

If you really want to make a fashion statement at the foot of your bed, you should focus on color and scale.

In master bedrooms, always make a big impact with the bed, but you can also include large-scale seating at the end of the bed.

To amplify the style of the room, you can create major contrast using color and pattern.

Since most bedding is white these days, you can use wild and colorful fabrics on your bench that will pop against the white of the bed.

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3. Get Studious

Adding a bookcase at the foot of your bed can add a hint of vintage with a modern twist.

A small rectangular bookcase at the end of your bed is an excellent idea that will allow for extra storage while creating a focal point in the room.

The idea is to fill your bookcase with books that will inspire you to read every night before bed.

Try to keep the rest of the room neutral or rustic to allow the bookcase to maintain the spotlight.


Related Post: 7 Design Tips to Get the Most Out of your Studio Apartment.


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4. Everybody Loves Lucite

Most people ignore the end of their bed because they don't think there's enough space for them to do anything with it.

If this is the situation you're in, know that you can gain style simply by incorporating specific materials and silhouettes.

Clear acrylic is a prime example of a finish that will suit even the smallest of spaces because it doesn't impede your sight line.

Opt for a simple, shallow shaped end table that can help enhance visual space in even the most modest bedrooms.

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5. Get Comfortable With Floor Pillows

Floor pillows

Floor cushions are very family and pet-friendly, but always seem to be in the way when you put them in the middle of a room.

The best way to use floor pillows without them getting in the way?

Stick them at the end of your bed.

The pillows will not only provide a place for your children or furry friends to lay and play, but they will provide a nice change in elevation to help move the eye through the room.

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6. Get Even More Studious

If the bookcase wasn't nerdy enough for you, why don't you just add a desk?

Although a desk might seem counteractive in a space that is supposed to be calm and relaxing, it might be exactly what you need to finally get your home office.

The idea here is to have a small desk you can quickly work on as needed.

You can also use the desk to store trinkets or special items that will add to the decor of your bedroom.

It can also serve as a place to add holiday decor as you can easily swap out your decor depending on the occasion.

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7. Take A Load Off with a Bedroom Lounge

Whether you're arranging a living room or a bedroom, long, narrow spaces are always a challenge.

If we're talking about your bedroom, make the most out of what would otherwise be wasted space by creating a seating area right at the foot of your bed.

Grab a cozy loveseat to naturally complement the width and height of the bed, as well as add an entirely new level of functionality to the room.

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8. Don't Forget Function at your Footboard

Both fashion and function are important when deciding what to do with the foot of your bed.

When it comes to the end of your bed, think about creating a space that can be used as a spot to tie your shoes, a place to drop your purse, or somewhere to collapse after a long day.

Stools benches and tables will all do the trick, but if you want to be glamorous, opt for a love seat like we talked about above.

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Ideas for the foot of the bed

Don't Ignore The Foot Of Your Bed

No matter what you decide to do, just be sure to do something.

Leaving the area at the foot of your bed empty is almost a crime since there are countless things you can do that will make the design of your bedroom completely come to life.

The eight things we talked about above are great ideas, but don't feel obligated to use one of them.

When it comes to the foot of your bed, the only limit is your imagination.

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