winter bed linens

Do you change your bed linens with the seasons?

I didn’t use to. For a long time, I was a fan of duvet covers and would use them throughout the year. Then a couple of years ago when I was having a hard time sleeping and a friend suggested I try using a heavier blanket on the bed to help calm me down. Amazingly it worked, like a pair of strong hands the weighty blanket made me relax and succumb to rest. I haven’t looked back since.

When I was redecorating our bedroom this Spring , I didn’t really give much thought to how our bed would look in winter (I was too busy worrying about other things!) Luckily, our Hudson’s Bay Blanket is a fairly versatile piece. Its neutral cream colour punctuated with bands of indigo, yellow, red and green really work with a lot of palettes. In fact, it is such an iconic piece that can it can almost stand alone.

For Christmas this year, I received a pillow made from a vintage wool red and black blanket from The Arthur that works perfectly with my Hudson’s Bay Blanket. The kilim pillows, that are on our bed during the summer, are fortunately covered on the back with black twill fabric and work nicely flipped over with this winter scheme.

I purchased two new ruffled cream pillow shams from West Elm over the holiday season which add a touch of femininity to the bed.

When it gets really cold we pull the gold Frette coverlet over us as well. All in all, we’ve been able to reuse all of our winter bed linens from our former bedroom which is a relief because I’d hate to see these things languish in a closet somewhere. How often do you switch up the linens on your bed?


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  1. Posted January 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM | Permalink

    Love the Hudson’s Bay spread! With all the ruffles and frills of the bedding world I find it really tricky to create a space that’s restful for my husband and I without feeling like a sparkly princess boudoir.

    In the winter, I usually trade out our sheet-set for flannel, switch our duvet for the ‘winter-weight’ and add a coverlet. The duvet often stays folded to the foot of the bed, but on those really cold nights we pull it up to our chins :)

    We’re still waiting for the Big Snow here in London, ON, though. On saturday I was outside picking up sticks on the lawn with only a light cardigan on.

  2. Posted January 9, 2012 at 10:54 AM | Permalink

    love the way the HBC blanket looks. Is it itchy?

  3. Posted January 9, 2012 at 10:57 AM | Permalink

    i have two – three heavy blankets on…even in summer I need a heavy blanket, its the only way I can sleep!

    your bed is beautiful Emma!

    I put the afghan in the closet during the summer…and the quite is folded at the end of the bed. During the winter the quilt covers the bed, and the afghan rests at the foot of the bed. I am becoming a fan of less pillows. I moved the euro pillows to my son’s room…I like the look of two stacks of two standard pillows…

  4. Posted January 9, 2012 at 11:03 AM | Permalink

    I have two duvets – I queen size for the summer and a king size for the winter. The larger size makes it warmer. I really dislike heavy blankets and anything that confines me, but my husband loves heavy wool blankets. So we have a point blanket on the bed which he uses on his side while I keep my feet out of the blankets ;). I have pillows that I put on the bed, mainly to keep the cat hair off my pillow. I change those depending on colour schemes for the room, although I always have the two white King size ones as the main ones.

  5. sylvia
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 1:05 PM | Permalink

    I love the winter bedding, Emma. I rotate through a couple of different duvet covers, but they’re all super simple so as not to compete with the feature of my small bedroom: the vintage kimono on the wall opposite my bed.

    I’d never considered a heavier blanket, but it totally makes sense. I sleep better when my sheets are firmly tucked in, almost holding me in place.

  6. Posted January 9, 2012 at 1:19 PM | Permalink

    I used to love to change my linens and duvets but since we’ve moved to Dubai, we’ve not been doing much of it, since the temp is pretty constant throughout the year. Even in winter, we have the ac on, so we’ve been sticking to a light duvet all year round. I do miss being able to change along with the seasons though.

    I love your blanket and how it fits in with everything else in the room. The perfect combination of warm winter colors and freshness of summer.

  7. Posted January 9, 2012 at 2:34 PM | Permalink

    Oh, I do love the Hudson’s bay blanket!

  8. Marilyn O'Hara
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 3:28 PM | Permalink

    I was admiring the image and then realized it was your blog. We’re just starting to get ideas for our bedroom after our reno. We’ve always had a duvet, summer and winter and I think its time to switch it up. It will keep the style fresh and of course keep us warm. What a beautiful room..

  9. Posted January 9, 2012 at 4:41 PM | Permalink

    We use our bed linens year round, but in the summer, we’ll fold them up at the end of the bed instead of actually sleeping under them (they’re heavy!!)

  10. Nicole Fanelli
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 10:34 AM | Permalink

    You are so right about having a weighter blanket on when you have difficulty sleeping. I do this too but hadn’t realized it until I read your post!. I use a super thick, old wool blanket from Mexico that I’ve had for years, it always does the trick.

    You bedroom looks so calming and peaceful!

  11. Posted January 10, 2012 at 8:09 PM | Permalink

    Your bedroom looks wonderful! We’re back in Japan, and our futon and duvet set are a rather shocking bright green (interestingly labelled as “moss”).

    Is that red cushion another Hudson’s Bay blanket? I love the contrast of the red and the cream.

  12. Posted January 11, 2012 at 9:14 PM | Permalink

    Love the HBC blanket, so classic and Canadian.

    I do have different sheets for winter and summer, although, when laundry needs to be done, sometimes sheets are unseasonal! I have a rich, thick, deep red duvet cover for the winter, and a lightweight white and light blue striped cover for the summer. It’s great to switch it up, and different matierals are appropriate at different times!

    I used to have a duvet that had two different weighted layers that clasped together. You could have 3 different weights depending on what layer you used, or if you combined it. It was GREAT for multiseasonal use. I should try and find another to fit my new bed…

  13. Posted January 8, 2014 at 12:19 PM | Permalink

    An electric bed may be what you need tohelp you get a good sleep.

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