The trick to surviving any winter, no matter how low the temperature drops, is making your bedroom into the kind of place where you can crawl under the covers and pretend you're in the Seychelles, Maui, Bora Bora or whatever beautiful beach destination floats your boat. (Unless you live in one of those places, in which case your winter survival guide hopefully consists of blissed-out beachside cocktails.) Here in New York City, however, we're planning to ride a new wave of indigos and beachy blues through the next few months of sweater weather.
1. Try a modern twist on classic blue and white.
To make blue and white feel fresh, vary texture and pattern. Pair a yarn-dyed plaid duvet with chevron-printed sheets. For throw pillows, channel-stitched cotton, embroidery and a heathered knit make good bedfellows. An indigo palette ties the different patterns together, while the combination of solids, prints and detailed embellishments keep things interesting.
2. Reinvent stripes by mixing scales.
A striped duvet is a classic way to get a laid-back look, but a banded headboard takes it to the next level. To keep it from feeling too graphic, mix in printed sheets with a small-scale pattern and a knit throw pillow or two.
3. Try modern madras for a resort-ready bedroom.
For a relaxed take on plaid, try a patchwork coverlet that mixes madras with stripes in a few different shades of blue and white. It's the decorating equivalent of throwing a plaid shirt over a breezy cotton tee.
4. Go natural-neutral with salty greys.
Just take your cues from the beach for a sophisticated version of surf style. Pair sandy neutrals with a grounding dose of modern greys, then layer the bed in soft blues. Nautica Home's new bedding collections are yarn-dyed in sea-inspired shades of navy and indigo:
5. Mix warm layers and light linens year-round.
For a linen closet that works in any season, stock up on pure cotton sheets, coverlets and cotton terry towels. As it cools down, layer on a quilt. In the coldest months of winter, add a duvet, fold the coverlet at the end of the bed and mix in a few cozy throw pillows for extra color and texture.
Linen Closet Must-Haves
• Cotton Sheets & Pillowcases
• Patterned Quilts & Coverlets
• Cool-Weather Comforter
• Duvet & Shams
• Cotton Terry Towels
Piles of pillows and some brand-new bedding to crawl into? Check. Beach read by the nightstand? Check. Now all that's left to do is drift off and dream of Bora Bora.