With the days getting shorter and temperatures dropping, we're quickly moving into the time of year when our beds become a welcome respite from the biting cold. Incorporating a few key cold-weather pieces into your bedding rotation can help make your bed into the ultimate winter retreat.
For a particularly cold sleeper or climate, investing in a heavier-weight duvet for the winter months (such as the classic weight versions of our Au Lit or Lausanne duvets) can make all the difference. We recommend sticking with a 100% goose down fill, as down maintains its breathability while offering ample warmth.
In terms of sheeting, incorporating flannel is a wonderful way to warm up your winter bedroom. The way flannel is woven - fluffy on the surface rather than flat - makes it a better insulator than "smoother" sheeting options, keeping heat trapped in for a warmer sleep. The weave also affords that classically soft hand feel we associate with flannels, a wonderful textural addition for a cozy winter bed. We offer a range of colours in our flannels, check them out here!
Accessorizing can add form as well as function. The addition of a faux fur throw will offer additional physical warmth as well as luxe visual warmth to the space.
Layering can be your best friend when temperatures start to drop. Adding a down blanket in addition to your year-round duvet is a wonderful (not to mention more versatile) alternative to investing in a seasonal duvet. Adding a lightweight coverlet to the mix is a great layering technique as well. This will add both additional warmth and the opportunity to incorporate more cold-weather colour and texture.
Mattress protectors are non-negotiable for any bed, as they keep our mattresses clean and guarded from dust mites and the like, but did you know that a protector made of all-natural fibres will actually help to regulate your body temperature as well? The breathability of a natural-fibre protector will help to keep you cooler in the summer months and - you guessed it - warmer in the winter. Our wool mattress protector, featuring a 100% virgin wool fill encased in a 100% terry cotton cover, is an excellent option for taking advantage of these dual benefits.
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