DREAMY BED­ROOMS

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Fresh beds and bed­ding to brighten our world

Bed­ding re­lies on a soft touch. High thread counts in crisp cot­ton, real linen and shiny silk are an re­fresh­ing lux­ury on the body and reg­u­late tem­per­a­ture through­out the year.

Mod­ern linen can be laun­dered weekly at 30˚ in your wash­ing ma­chine with­out any prob­lem. Egyp­tian cot­ton has long sta­ple fi­bres, making it highly prized. Qual­ity per­cale is an easy care fab­ric and per­fect in a 60%-40% mix for fam­ily bed­ding with no iron­ing re­quired. Silk re­quires def­er­en­tial treat­ment, but a quick wash on a del­i­cates set­ting with wool soap, will do the trick.

With a high thread count in hand, stick to pure white, dove grey or cream sheets or du­vet sets and put artistry into lay­ers of throws and cush­ions as the fancy takes you from sea­son to sea­son. The bed does fall in­side the area of soft fur­nish­ings — look out for fab­ric col­lec­tions which play with scale, tone and pat­tern fam­i­lies with­out slav­ishly de­liv­er­ing one ma­te­rial to bed­spreads, uphol­stery and win­dow-treat­ments.

If you gen­uinely pre­fer to iron your bed linen, in­vest in a steam gen­er­a­tor with a sep­a­rated tank, and choose a wider iron­ing board to cover those me­tres in a few fluid passes. For a wide range of brands on­line try Ir­ish firm Bedeck at be­deck­home.com.

THE BIG SLEEP: This Back­stage Bed makes a state­ment with its bold and el­e­gant asym­met­ri­cal base, vel­vet head­board with a leather bor­der and ver­ti­cal bands. The head­board curv­ing in at the ends, cre­ates the feel­ing of an in­ti­mate al­cove. De­signed by Roberto Tap­inassi and Mau­r­izio Man­zoni for Roche Bobois, prices starts at €4,460, and go to €7,210 for the bed base in leather and the head­board in cabaret vel­vet and leather. Roche Bobois, Dublin. BE­LOW: For a more mod­ern feel in flo­rals try a de­lib­er­ately mute, darker ground. Tuli­pani is a grace­ful gar­den of tulips, roses and ferns with grey back­ground and 200 thread count cot­ton. From €104 for a sin­gle cover. De­sign­ers­guild.co.uk for Ir­ish sup­pli­ers and fab­ric sam­ples.

LEFT: These trop­i­cals and retro-led pat­terns could be swopped for with vel­vets and bro­cades ac­cord­ing to the sea­son and the mood. Ac­ces­soris­ing by House of Fraser. Colour: Emer­ald De­light 3 in Sat­in­wood by Du­lux. RIGHT: Imag­ine your bed is an is­land as you drift peace­fully asleep in top qual­ity linens from the Fran­cis Brennan Collec­tion at Dunnes Stores. Start­ing from €65 up­wards for high thread count du­vet cov­ers in cot­ton.

ABOVE: Plush deep pur­ple throws, dark wine walls and a med­ley of soft bed cush­ions show how to do an off-white bed­room with at­ti­tude. Casey’s take the sleigh bed into the adult world with a clean line that loses Vic­to­rian fussi­ness. caseys.ie

ABOVE: Pure white bed­ding frees you to choose sur­round­ing colours with com­plete free­dom. In spring, crisp clean un­in­ter­rupted neu­trals are all you need. Dig­i­tally printed wall and sur­face stick­ers here are in the sat­u­rated sky blues of this sea­son. Two mu­rals, to­tal price, €445.11, pix­er­size.com.

Silk is nat­u­rally hy­poal­ler­genic, skin friendly for eczema suf­fer­ers and oddly unattrac­tive to dust mites. It is also soft, light, but won­der­fully warm when needed, Gingerlily 100% silk bed­ding in char­coal and pink - pil­low­cases €63-€88, Eth­i­cal Silk Com­pany.

Flo­rals give way to pas­tel etch­ing in de­li­cious new spring notes from Blue­belle Gray. This Monachyle set dis­plays a free in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Lough Voil in the High­lands. From €92.31 per cover in 300 count pure cot­ton. Blue­bel­legray.com.

Take care of your bed­ding and it will not only look beau­ti­ful, but will last for years, even with reg­u­lar use. Dry du­vets in sun­light to help erad­i­cate mi­cro-or­gan­isms.

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