Baby, it’s cold out­side

Win­ter is when your bed­room be­comes a com­fort zone. And when you are a house or flat sharer, it is also your per­sonal re­treat, ex­plains Bar­bara Chan­dler

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - Design -

SHEETS

Thread count on the la­bel charts the den­sity of fi­bres per square inch. Just re­mem­ber 200 is worka­day, 400 is good qual­ity, and 700 up­ward se­duces into lux­ury.

M&S now has a choice of 10 fi­bres/ blends for linens. Top of the range is Supima satin, the world’s finest cot­ton with 750 threads — du­vet cov­ers from £85-£145. Pure linen has 400 threads. Du­vet cov­ers £59-£99.

John Lewis bed­ding depart­ment has an im­pres­sive bar of 24 “feel-me” sam­ples for du­vet fill­ings, and racks of dif­fer­ent pil­lows to try. A new brand of cot­ton called Genuisa has a 1,000 thread count that feels like silk.

COLOUR

Win­ter whites, creams, taupe and soft greys are sooth­ing and serene. Clas­sic white bed linen is the linch­pin, en­hanced per­haps with touches of metal­lic threads. Dark colours are dra­matic yet for­giv­ing. Down­load the Du­lux Visu­aliser app to your phone or tablet, and ex­per­i­ment on screen.

We are spoilt for choice in the linen de­part­ments of our big Lon­don stores. Har­rods home­ware depart­ment is stun­ning, Lib­erty is fa­mous for its prints and John Lewis end­lessly help­ful. Keep the pat­terns low-key and peace­ful. Put a large nat­u­ral fi­bre blan­ket at your feet to pull up for ex­tra cosi­ness, and spread a big creamy-white sheep­skin rug on the floor to sink your feet into.

VEL­VET AND WOOL THROWS

Fash­ion­able vel­vet is soft and sen­su­ous. Once Mi­lano, a small firm run by two Ital­ian women in the UK, spe­cialises in fab­u­lous Ital­ian linen. Its vel­vet blan­ket in gold or bur­gundy (135cm x 200cm) backed with 100 per cent linen is £408 (once.mi­lano.com). Wher­ever you find your­self, spread out a soft wool throw, they are just about the cosiest thing you can snug­gle up in. Choose gen­tle heath­ery shades or plaids.

Wool is billed as the per­fect bed­time fi­bre, ad­just­ing nat­u­rally to body tem­per­a­ture. Im­merse your­self in The Wool­room’s woolfilled du­vets, wool mat­tresses and even a wool bed. Its lovely throws are cur­rently re­duced to a bar­gain £44.99 (the­wool­room.com).

SOUND­PROOF CUR­TAINS

Buy well-made lined cur­tains to keep out cold and noise — John Lewis can make them in seven days. Its ex­perts will work out fab­rics, head­ings, tracks/poles and so on. It’s a pop­u­lar ser­vice so try to shop off-peak.

Ready-mades are even quicker and most shops stock them. Mea­sure up care­fully and take a snap of your win­dow with you to the store. Luxe web­site Amara has a se­lec­tion for im­me­di­ate de­liv­ery (amara.com).

from the top, Vix throw, £65; Jilly yel­low cush­ion, £35; Peggy throw, £75; Topaz throw, £60; Jilly green cush­ion, £35. All from Habi­tat (habi­tat.co.uk)

Left: black Geo du­vet cover and pil­low­cases, £24-£109; Cube side ta­ble in white/ grey mar­ble, £199; solid bas­ketweave throw in mid­night, £79 (westelm. co.uk)

In­set: vel­vet blan­ket, linen-backed, £408 (on­cemi­lano.com); king­size Winged Caldey head­board in pure cot­ton, from £658 (the head­board­work­shop.co.uk)

Sale: The Wool­room throws are £44.99 (the­wool­room.com)

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