There are sleepy heads who never want to crawl out from underneath their cozy comforters – and for good reasons.
One of them: January.
And another: Duvet covers in many colors and patterns, which can change the look of a down (or down alternative) comforter in a snap.
This fall, bedding offers these and plenty of other options that can be used along with – or instead of – your classic comforter.
L.L. Bean and others are presenting washable wool blankets. Bed, Bath and Beyond sells the Seasons-brand reversible down-alternative blanket with fleece on one side.
And, coverlets and quilts that might take you back to your parents’ or grandparents’ bedrooms are popular again, noted Maria Jacobi, owner of Homeward Bound, 927 Elmwood Ave.
Some may even call them bedspreads.
Think lots of texture, embroidery, quilting, even pintucking, but – this is key – in modern colors and color combinations. For many, such details will conjure up happy memories.
This trend is found in a collection by Pine Cone Hill called “Nana’s Attic,” which includes an orange, yellow and green vintage floral duvet cover, Jacobi said. On the company’s website, the duvet is shown with embroidered sheets and solid shams with old-fashioned stitching to give them plenty of texture. The company describes the collection as “a riotous romp of vintage and modern.”
Quilted, pleated and embroidered details dress up the very tailored Hotel Collection of bedding at Macy’s in soft, sophisticated neutrals such as platinum.
Local interior designer Mark Taylor said that, while there is no one trend in bedding this fall, a lot of people do like to change their bedding with the season.
“It changes your whole mood,” he said.
What is important is that people choose something they love and that suits their style – whether the bedding is store-bought or custom-made.
“Some people want their bedrooms over the top, with eye-popping colors and six pillows on the bed,” he said.
Others want it simple and soothing, with a white down comforter and sheets hotel-crisp, he added.
Either way, it is a very personal choice.
As famed designer Mark Hampton once wrote: “Your bedroom should be the most intimate and private room in the house. If it is not, then it is a little sad.”
A little personal indulgence – the freedom to gather around you the things you love and find comfort in – goes a long way.
“It means wonderful linens of whatever style or era you prefer, enough pillows and quilts and blankets to make you comfortable. If you hate beds covered with pillows, then by all means dispense with the pillows ... preference, not rule, should govern,” he wrote.
A few looks you may be able to cozy up to this fall:
• Plaids, plaids, plaids: On blankets, flannel sheets, comforters, duvet covers and all the accessories. Some plaids are traditional; others, preppy and bright.
• Interesting combinations: Pottery Barn offers Rustic Luxe bedding that focuses on the layering of silks, linens, cottons and matelasses. Colors here are rich: Deep Plum, Dark Porcelain Blue, Brownstone and more.
• Embellishment: Toss pillows, in particular, get dressed up with beads and other trimmings. It’s all about a little shimmer and shine.
• Bold graphics: Following in the footsteps of fashion, some patterns really pop. Designer Nate Berkus has a new collection of home goods and accessories, including patterned duvet covers and textured pillows, debuting Oct. 21 at Target.
One can envision his pieces in a modern, spacious loft, perhaps, just as vintage-inspired pieces from other designers can re-create the look of, say, a cottage bedroom.
We can dream, can’t we?