Your bedroom is a space that primarily needs to fulfil a practical purpose: a quiet, calm place to rest. But a big part of that is creating the right atmosphere — a multi-sensory experience that’s relaxing and comfortable and that also reflects your personal tastes.
1. REED FAMILY LINEN
Prestigious English brand Reed Family Linen is now available locally through NetDécor, and is bringing its particular brand of heritage chic into your home. A classic yet contemporary brand — it has been going for a century and a half and is run by the original family five generations later — it considers sustainability, luxury and comfort its core pillars.
Its impressive legacy comes with carefully honed processes and standards established over time, and quality from another era. When selecting bedding, Reed Family Linen recommends making sure it fits your mattress, duvet and pillows perfectly, and choosing a fabric construction that suits your climate and sleep patterns. Its cotton percale, sateen, linen and cotton blends in more than 15 shades (making finding the perfect shade easy) are all easily laundered and will last a lifetime.
Their recipe for the best rest is a pocket spring mattress stuffed with traditional horsehair and wadding; linen made from 100% Egyptian cotton in percale or sateen weave; good room ventilation; heavy curtains; and quiet.
Having found the perfect balance between traditional, pre-industrial methods and contemporary textiles, Mungo’s ranges draw inspiration from designs and weaving patterns from across the globe, executed in both classic neutrals and vibrant colourways.
By reviving and celebrating techniques that have largely been lost to the world — and making its production processes visible to the public — Mungo aims to re-inspire that connection to the handmade and the beauty of the age-old art of textile making. Advocates of natural fibre bedding — especially linen, for its crisp, light finish and its unique ability to regulate temperatures throughout the seasons — Mungo believes that if you’re spending up to a third of your day in bed, it’s worth investing in good quality linen.
3. BEAGLE + BASSET
Beagle + Basset founder Genna Shrosbree has always been intrigued by traditional methods of colouring fabrics — and the natural plant dyes and techniques that have been slowly lost over time. This interest has since evolved into a homeware and clothing business that uses traditional botanical dyeing methods and sources sustainable fabrics (with the first choice being locally milled), which are coloured naturally using seasonal plant waste and extracts.
The natural appeal, mindful creation (from production to packaging and delivery) and beautiful hues of the products makes this bedding earthy in the truest and least clichéd sense of the word. Shrosbree counts quality, breathability and conscious principles as the most important factors to consider when selecting linen, and insists that despite the higher price tag, if cared for correctly, it will last a lifetime.
When dreaming up the perfect bed and bedroom — a space to wind down and unplug — clean, minimalist design, quiet, and soft lighting for her are key. In terms of the bed itself, a good mattress, fluffy duvet and quality pillows (lots of them) and a soft throw for afternoon naps are essential for creating a haven out of the space you spend so much of your time in.
4. HAUS by Hertex
Over the years, HAUS has expanded its décor range into a full 360º offering, allowing you to fully kit out your spaces — from decorative accessories to essentials such as linen. The Bellisima bed linen range is a beautiful, soft, linen-cotton blend with relaxed, casual appeal, but finished with a double-stitched, half-centimetre Oxford flap for extra flair.
Available in four on-trend muted tones — think earthy rust and subtle grey — the range can be easily integrated with any décor scheme. In terms of non-negotiables when it comes to linen, HAUS’s buyers believe bed linen must feel comfortable against your skin and be breathable. The Bellisima bedding is composed of enzyme-washed linen, which reduces the roughness and stiffness of the fabric, making it softer with each wash.
HAUS’s recipe for the perfect bed and bedroom comes down to the idea of “sanctuary” — a place to let go. Soft lighting, unfussy décor and layering all go towards creating a calm ambience. Bedding should be unfussy and inviting — no military-style corners — and with winter on the way, the company recommends adding layers for warmth and texture — think throws, quilts, furs and plush scatter cushions.