Summertime Bed Linen
Bed linen, for me, can make or break your sleep during the Summer months. It’s hard enough trying to sleep in the heat with a fan in the corner of the room that’s effectively just wafting the warm air around, but if the bed linen doesn’t suit then it makes it more difficult. I’ve had lots of duvet covers that have been lovely and thin in the Summer, but they often pull or catch on bits of my body, and the material of others is just cheap and awful.
I often envision us having white sheets and duvet covers of the most luxurious quality but with two kids let’s just say that isn’t happening any time soon. I’ll have to keep that Instagram dream going for another few years yet – especially if we have a third baby.
I try and keep the colours fresh and light, occasionally with a cute pattern, but I tend to veer toward something a bit plainer as it’s easier to create a ‘vibe’ with accessories which are cheaper to change every year. I like to think that by spending a bit more on bed linen that I’m investing in a good night’s sleep, although we know that’s entirely dependent on how many times the kids get out of bed during the night, but when they have a night away at the grandparents then it’s totally worth it.
Curtains are literally the bane of my bedroom life, especially during Summer. I am constantly torn between having them dark enough and just thick enough to block out the light and some of the heat, or having them slightly lighter and thinner to let a little bit of that morning sunrise in. I think it goes without saying that the boys’ bedrooms will have the biggest, thickest, blackout curtains ever to try and curb some of their super early wake up calls.
We’re really lucky that in our new house that all the windows have plantation shutters and these block out a really good amount of light, so I think when we do move we’ll either opt for a lighter curtain if we even need them at all!
Admittedly, with it being Summer, you’re not going to want to overfill your room with unnecessary accessories. In Winter it’s totally acceptable for your bed to be full of pillows with a big, chunky knit throw at the end and have stuff lying around everywhere. It’s what gives us that homely and cosy feel. I prefer to keep a select few items in the bedroom and take the season as a chance to declutter our house, and life, from everything we don’t need or use anymore.
Candles always create a good mood and whether it’s Summer or Winter it’s all about the fragrance. Cinnamon and spicy scents don’t really work for me in the Summer and I like to opt for fresher and more citrus based smells.
If you’re in to ‘botanicals’ at the moment there are some beautiful small and decorative plants that are easy to take care of if you’re looking to bring a bit of the outdoors in.