With another weekend at home ahead, many of us will be either tackling our outdoor spaces or doing some spring cleaning. In fact, Pinterest have just unveiled that searches for spring cleaning has seen a 4000% increase – and no, that's not a typ-o.
Meanwhile OTTY Sleep investigated the public’s laundry and hygiene habits and found that we are not laundering our linens nearly enough, with 64% of us apparently putting our health at risk by not sleeping in clean sheets. It turns out that duvets need to be laundered every two to three months – or at the very least twice a year – to stop bed mites, while our sheets, pillowcases and covers need weekly washing. Even mattresses, mattress protectors and blankets need to be cleaned regularly.
With this in mind, we thought we'd compile a lovely linen cupboard refresh, with some fresh new bed linens, duvets bedspreads to kick off a refresh.
Loom & Last are an all-natural bedding and curtain brand with simply beautiful bed linens. All European made, their French linen fabrics are sourced from the Normandy flax plant which is pretty much the best of the best when it comes to French linen quality – imagine the softest sheets ever and you're only halfway there. Mix and match pastel colours with earthier shades for a chic look.
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Yves Delorme is well known for it's quality bed linens, but the crisp, soft and super-absorbent bathrobes and bath towels have us equally excited. We particularly love the 100% cotton, pistachio-green striped Ralph Lauren Oxford towels, perfect for spring.
Towel Oxford Evergreen by Ralph Lauren, from £8.05, from Yves Delorme
Leo bath towels, £27.96, matching Kimono dressing gowns, £183.20, from Yves Delorme
CLEAN AND CLASSIC
Dusk's 800 thread count Kensington range features pretty embroidered borders in white, grey or black. Simple, classic, and elegant.
For the eco-conscious, Duvet Hogoffers 100% Vegan, hypo-allergenic & machine washable duvets that are made from hundreds of recycled water bottles.
It's incredibly eco – made in a zero waste factory – and unlike all other duvets, you can pop this in a 60 degree wash at home to kill all germs, with no need to pop to the dry cleaners.
We're in love with Sarah K's linens and we can't get enough of the pretty scalloped edges that give a bed a gorgeous, summery boutique hotel vibe. And chances are, your mum will love them just as much as we do. This is seriously pretty stuff. There's scalloped edge napkins too – perfect for spring and summer entertaining.
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MADE TO ORDER
Livingetc loves Peter Reed's charming and colourful bed linen trims. Coveted by everyone including Her Majesty The Queen (they hold a royal warrant), each bedding set is bespoke and made to order, so you can pick from any trim, colour cord, or embroidery design you like. Fun for a personalised touch, and lovely as a gift too.
This is the boat design from the Junior Collection. £250 for a fitted sheet, single duvet cover, housewife pillowcase and Oxford pillow case.
Give your bedroom some cheerful colour with Haremlique Istanbul's bright designs. Each item is made in Turkey from 100% Egyptian cotton bedding, and is individually embellished with delicate embroidery or lace. There are also bath linens and bathrobes to match. We particularly love this burnt orange toile de jouy bedspread, which would pair perfectly with the multicoloured borders of the Haydarpasa bedding set.
Technology has come a long way; the latest in duvets, pillows and mattress protectors is self-cleaning materials. Dormeo is leading the way with their Silver antimicrobial treatment, using the power of silver to bring long-lasting antibacterial properties to the products it’s infused with. This unique antimicrobial treatment contains ultra-fine silver crystals that release silver ions at a controlled rate only when the conditions for bacterial growth exist, creating a barrier for odours to allow for lasting cleanliness and freshness.
The Evercomfy Silver Bedding Bundle includes a 13.5 Tog duvet, 2 pillows and a mattress protector. From £49.99.
Shoppers are taking another step in making the world a little bit greener and opting for eco-conscious textiles. Etsy has reported a 36% increase in searches for organic bedding. Etsy's softened and stonewashed organic bedding actually comes in at a very affordable price point, starting at £41, and a range of gorgeous pastel shades, stripes and moody blues.
Keep your linen fresh with vegan, plant-based and eco-friendly products from KINN, founded by a mother and daughter duo. The safe, non-toxic and plant based laundry range was formulated with nature in mind; the laundry wash, detergent and fabric conditioner are scented with neroli essential oils, creating a powerful formula without being toxic. The products can be used for both hot and cold washes, it works perfectly on your delicates including silk and wool.
Neroli Fabric Conditioner, £5.95, Neroli Laundry Detergent, £8.95, Neroli Laundry Wash, £7.75, Kinn Living, all from waitrose.com
COSY & COLOURFUL
Quilts may sound traditional, but they look oh so chic, in a country hotel sort of way. They also fill us with happy nostalgia, reminding us of days at home-home, country air, crackling fires, and endless cups of tea. We love The Mews Furnishings' colourful quilt collection that's fresh and lightweight, and perfect for spring.
Quilts from £195, from The Mews Furnishings.
Aran knit never goes out of style. That's a fact. But rather than wearable Aran, give her a blanket for snuggling under for nights in on the sofa, or for draping over the bed. Aside from being classic, cosy, and an item she'll keep forever, it smells super lovely too – we can't get enough of that sheep-y Lanolin smell. The chunky Aran throw from Glencroft is entirely in the UK using 100% wool and hasn't been excessively treated or dyed, so the wool smells like wool should. Think of a sheep that's had a good wash and comb. If we could bottle that smell, we would.
A pillow with a built-in speaker for unwinding to music or immersing you in a great podcast? Genius. The Sleep 'n' Sound pillow features a small undetectable speaker concealed within, so you can listen to music, podcasts or even learn a new language – all from the comfort of your bed. Made in the UK, the Sleep’n Sound pillow is filled with soft, cosy hollowfibre and finished with a smooth microfibre cover.
The Sleep’n Sound pillow measures 74cm x 48cm, is £18.99 and is available online at Amazon.com
Feeling tense? A little anxious? Maybe the news is stressing you out just a *little*? Us too. Promising to lift the burden a little, Calming Blanket's weighted blankets are surging in popularity thanks to their ability to relieve stress and improve sleep. The weighted blankets have been proven to relieve insomnia, anxiety, and stress by essentially wrapping you in a giant hug, neutralising your nerves into a welcome submission.
We're very familiar with Piglet's gorgeous linen curtains and bedding, but we didn't realise their gorgeous fabrics also extended into classic pyjamas and even linen bathrobes. Choose matching bedding for a harmonious look.
Pyjama in midnight stripe, £100 from Piglet.
Infuse your linens with a lovely floral scent by adding some lavender essence from Summerill & Bishop into your iron. Simple, and effective. You'll thank us at bedtime when you recline in lavender scented sheets.
You’ll struggle to find a bedding brand with more eco credentials than Naturalmat.Handmade from natural fibres (think mohair and organic lamb’s wool), its mattresses are self-ventilating and free from the toxic chemicals often used to treat covers. With all this in mind, chances are you’ll sleep pretty soundly.
Dartmouth double bed (£1,700) in GOTS-certified Organic House Linen, naturalmat.co.uk
Sleep being the very foundation of wellness, we’d all be wise to invest in beautiful bedding that makes the heart sing. You’ll find plenty of that at Caravane, where artfully crumpled French linens sit side by side with cotton voile duvets and reversible, screen-printed comforters. Self care at its best.
Jardin cotton duvet cover, from £175; Mahoa linen mix bedspread, £175, caravane.fr
We're also big fans of Caravane's Bandana-inspired tie-close pillowcases. Swoon.
Set of two for 55 euros from Caravane