A Beautiful Bedroom: How to Choose Bedding

January is the official “white sale” month when stores discount linens and bedding. I suppose many of us are ready for a little rest and relaxation after the holidays and what better way than to make your bed comfy cozy? One of the easiest ways to create a beautiful bedroom is to fluff up your bed with new linens. Here’s how to choose bedding to soothe your soul and make your nights soft and dreamy. (This post contains affiliate links.)

Farmhouse Bedroom Photo by ComfyDwelling.com


Choose Bedding in Warm Colors

Add a little warmth to your bedroom by choosing a blanket or quilt in a warm color. This avoids having to buy a whole new set of bedding in a new color. Toss in a few pillows of the same color to make an even bigger impact. If your budget allows, you can add a small area rug, too.

Red and White Bedding in Traditional BedroomPhoto by Lisa Stevens & Company, Inc.


Coral isn’t a color often chosen for a bedroom, but I loved the coral bedspread and pillow shams I chose for my farmhouse bedroom a couple years ago. It looks pretty with gray or navy.

Coral and Gray BeddingPhoto by Serena & Lily


Create Serenity with Blue Bedding

Blue is a restful hue and perfect for any bedroom. Mix blue with white linens for a classic look.

Blue Farmhouse BedroomPhoto by Serena & Lily


Cotton sheets tend to be favored over other fabrics when it comes to comfortable bedding. As a general rule, the higher the thread count, the softer the sheets. Anything over a 400 thread count should be okay. Anything over 400 isn’t really that much more noticeable and may not be worth the extra cost.

Blue and White BeddingPhoto by Serena & Lily


Perk Up Your Bedroom with Sunny Yellow

Yellow and white looks so crisp and clean in the bedroom. Who can wake up in a bad mood when you have such pretty bedding to greet you upon awakening? Don’t be afraid to mix patterns when you decorate your bed and bedroom with the same color scheme.

Yellow and White BeddingPhoto by Serena & Lily


Egyptian cotton is commonly thought of as the best type of cotton for bedding – but be forewarned. Not all Egyptian cotton is created equal. Purchase Egyptian cotton sheets from a reputable manufacturer. Pima (also known as Supima) cotton is the next best thing. And if you prefer crisp sheets, opt for percale bedding.

Yellow and White Sunny BedroomPhoto by ComfyDwelling.com


Soothe Your Soul with Neutrals

I find neutral bedrooms to be calming and soothing. But what’s so great is it’s easy to add a pop of color simply by changing out the pillows, sheets, and blankets. A monochromatic color scheme can be quite calming and restful though.

Gray and White BedroomPhoto by Serena & Lily


A brown cabin-like bedroom feels like you’re being hugged all night! Mustard yellow pillow shams add just the right shot of color.

Rustic Bedroom in Brown and GrayPhoto by Tricia Willis


A neutral bedroom is a great place to add a fun pattern, like a toile bedspread or similar. This particular quilt is double-sided so either side can be shown. It’s like having two bedspreads for the price of one.

Shabby Chic Style Bedroom in GrayPhoto by Cabbages & Roses Ltd


Luxurious White Linens

When I was a kid I didn’t understand why a sale on linens was called a “white sale.” Our sheets were never white – we always had colored or patterned bedding in my home. The first white sale was hosted in 1878 by John Wanamaker. He offered a discount on linens in the month of January to entice shoppers into his store after the holidays. January is now the official month of the white sale!

Traditional Bedroom in Creamy WhitesPhoto by Serena & Lily


When using whites for bedding, add layers and textures to keep your beautiful bedroom interesting.

Dreamy White BedroomPhoto by ComfyDwelling.com


Choosing Linens for Twin Beds

Just because a bedroom has more than one twin bed doesn’t mean the bedding on both beds has to be the same. Mix it up by choosing linens in different patterns, but in the same color. In this room the box springs are covered by a fitted sheet.

Farmhouse Kids BedroomPhoto by Rafe Churchill


Of course, twin beds can be quite beautiful if the bedding does match.

White Bedding in Romantic BedroomPhoto by Beachside Furniture & Interiors Inc.


Don’t forget to make sure your furry friends have comfortable bedding, too!DIY cat bedPhoto by Gypsy Barn


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  1. Norma Rolader says:

    Beautiful bed linens and decor Thank you for sharing great information

  2. If I could afford it, I think I would completely change the look of my bed every time I stripped it for washing. I love bed linens and cannot point to an absolute favorite style. I try to stay neutral so that I can add something new once in a while but all of these beautiful linens you have shown are making me antsy for a decor change – and the comfortable beds are making me want to take a nap. 🙂 Thanks for a calm and relaxing post.

  3. Lindas inspirações. Amei.
    Feliz 2018.

  4. Char Fisher says:

    I love the idea of neutrals and then adding a pop of color. Wonderful ideas and thank you for posting.

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