No matter how busy or chaotic life can be, having a well-made bed somehow makes it feel like everything is going to be OK—and at the end of the day, there'll be a gorgeous bed to retire to.
Invest in quality and you will be rewarded for years to come. Wash after wash, quality linen will endure, particularly if you take good care of them. Climbing into a beautiful hotel bed after a day of work or sightseeing feels heavenly. Recreating this experience at home is one of life’s little luxuries.
My preference is crisp, white Italian percale. Add some embroidery detail like a monogram, and I'm sold! With these simple tips, you'll be loving your linen for many years to come:
- Invest in a colour that you will like for a long time. It might be fun to have coloured sheets, but will you love them in a few years? Simple, classic shades such as white or beige will never date.
- If you're wanting something stylish, coloured embroidery and monogramming on white linen looks smart and timeless.
- It's a pain, but ironing the sheets will take the look to the next level. Take the time to press your linen, and they will instantly become suited for a 5-star hotel. To save time, just ironing the pillowcases and the top third of the flat sheet will create a polished effect.
- Try to make an effort to make your bed each day; after a long day, nothing is more satisfactory than climbing into a freshly made bed. Keep things simple—pulling up a duvet cover or coverlet and straightening a few pillows can be easily done.
- Don't skimp on European pillows! They look great and are also practical when reading or propping yourself up to sit in bed. They certainly make a bed look 'finished' to me.
- When selecting linen, simple details such as the edging can really speak for the overall design of the bedroom. Flange or scalloped edges add a more decorative element, while knife edge or simple piping appear clean and contemporary.
- ‘Napisan’ is your friend. It will keep your white linen pristine.
Consider beautiful linen not only as only an investment but as an heirloom you can pass down for generations. Like fine china or artwork, linen can tell a family's history and story so beautifully. I certainly plan on handing my well-loved linen down to my girls so they too can enjoy it as much as I did.