Today I’m sharing some summer bedding ideas that are cooler and lighter, in both color palette and materials, which can make a big difference in the way you sleep.
Today is the 7th installment of the Simply Home Series with 5 of my blogging friends. Last month we shared outdoor entertaining essentials and this month we are all sharing our favorite summer bedding with styling tips.
July is always a brutal month here in Missouri, with high humidity, high temps, and very little rain. While I love having my home at a cool 69 degrees most of the time, it’s not very energy conscious. So in order to tolerate a warmer thermostat setting of 75, I’ve swapped my bedding for something cooler and lighter for summer: linen.
Don’t get me wrong, I still like layers. I like how they look and how they feel. My husband can sleep with no sheets, no blankets, just lay down and fall asleep (he claims it’s because of years of no AC growing up in an apartment in Rio de Janeiro). I’m a fairly hot sleeper and can only tolerate layers for summer bedding if they are thin and moisture-wicking. Which is why I love 100% linen— the way it is woven allows for optimal airflow and it absorbs moisture which keeps us with the perfect temperature at night. I like the weight of a blanket, so we still use a thin quilt.
Linen is an investment. I noticed the new line at Target, Casaluna, and was curious if the price point was comparable to other sources online. From what I’ve found, their price for queen 100% linen sheets are within $10-20 of what I’ve seen on other stores known for quality linen.
For this summer bedding refresh, I took inspiration from our recent trip to the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, more specifically the colors from this picture:
Here is what I came up with:
I shared earlier this year my favorite “recipe” for making a beautiful bed, and I used the same pattern here for my summer bedding: white euros, a long lumbar pillow in front, and an accent color blanket at the foot (normally this would be a down-filled duvet, but I switched to a knit blanket for now). If you notice, I used this same pattern for the basement guest bedroom makeover.
I also kept the blankets and sheets un-tucked, as we like to sleep with our feet uncovered, so this just makes it easier and faster for me to make the bed. The ‘untucked’ look is definitely a more casual but still looks pretty, especially with this lighter color palette.
I love white sheets and white bedding because it looks elegant and works great with any accent color. I was intentional about using tone-on-tone with the whites in the room in order to draw attention to texture: bright white euro pillows and quilt, warm white sheets and nightstand, light beige in the lumbar pillow stripes and the rug.
In an effort to reclaim our sleep, we recently got a new mattress (more on that in a couple weeks), and finally moved Nina’s crib out of our room and into her sister’s room. I brought back this little vintage French chair I reupholstered years ago and the tufted ottoman that was in our living room.
Since many of us are taking ‘staycations’ this year, it’s a great time to invest in pieces that help you love being home more. For me, I’d always rather be at the beach, and this lighter color palette transports me there, while the linen sheets and summer bedding make me feel like I’m vacationing in a luxurious hotel.
Below my friends are sharing some of their favorite summer bedding tricks and tips– you will definitely want to check them out!
Maison de Cinq: How to Make the Perfect Bed
Seeking Lavender Lane: Neutral Summer Bedding
Shades of Blue: Lighter Bedding for Summer
So Much Better with Age: How to Style a Bed
Thistlewood Farms: Favorite Bedding Combinations