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“There are at least five layers that comprise a five-star, hotel-quality bed,” says interior designer Karen B. Wolf. And bed linens play a major role.
“A king-sized bed, for example, requires three Euro Shams in the back, king pillows two of which should be coverlet style shams to work with the bedding, two throw pillows, and a lumbar or shape to top it all off. This complicated layering is what makes your bed speak luxury, comfort and sweet dreams,” adds Wolf.
Aesthetics aside though, we are firm believers that true luxury lies in the construction of a piece. Or in this case, the fabrics your linens are made of. High-thread cotton, soft sateen, and fine cotton-and-silk blends guarantee you will be happily lazing around in your bed for hours.
Here we rounded up the most luxurious bed linens for any style.
Barclay Butera Bel Air Ensemble
Inspired by casual California chic, interior designer Barclay Butera created his Bel Air linen set with warm Cali days and breezy nights in mind. Crafted in Chicago from breathable high-quality linen, the set comes in three pastel shades (mint, sky blue, and bisque—a soft beige) and stylish navy that we find to be a great match for a master bedroom designed as a sleeping sanctuary.
To buy: $133-$1,148 barclaybutera.com
Yves Delorme Palmes Bed Linen
Luxury French bedding and towel company Yves Delorme has been around since 1845 and for that time, the company has established itself as a purveyor of the French “art de vivre” lifestyle. The fact that it’s one of only 81 members of the prestigious Comité Colbert, a trade association dedicated to all things luxury in France, tells you a lot about the quality of its products. Its Palmes bed linen collection sports a gorgeous foliage print—another notable characteristic of its linens. The range includes a duvet cover in two sizes, double and king, and a pillowcase, all made from 300 thread cotton sateen in Lyon, France.
To buy: from $60-$950; salliehome.com
The White Company Connaught Bed Linen Collection
If you favor no-frills minimalist style then this chalk-white bed linen only finished with a hemstitch detailing is the right one for your bedroom. It’s made from a luxuriously soft silk-and-cotton blend that has a subtle matte sheen. And while its elegant design is a great selling point in itself, the set also has some hidden features that are not to be ignored, namely its temperature regulating qualities and the beautifying effects it has on hair and skin, all thanks to its silk composition.
To buy: from $85; thewhitecompany.com
Matouk Aster Bedding Collection
This family-owned company is based in Fall River, Massachusetts, and has been crafting bed linens for almost 100 years. Their Atoll collection is inspired by the coral reefs found in the Pacific Ocean and it comes in four pretty hues—ocean blue, Aegean green, red, and gray. The embroidered coral pattern beautifully frames the pillowcases and the duvet cover, that are made in India from high-thread-count cotton.
To buy: from $115; bloomingdales.com
McCaw Allan Pure Irish Linen
McCaw Allan may not be a household name on this side of the Atlantic but that’s definitely not the case in the United Kingdom. The reason? The company’s long tradition of producing high-quality bed linens and home accessories sure has something to do with it, but it’s probably the fact that they were awarded the Royal Warrant as “manufacturer of fine Bed Linens to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II” that is also worth mentioning. That’s right, every evening the Queen of England sleeps in a set of crisp McCaw Allan bed sheets and you could, too.
Each bed linen piece is hand-tailored in the company’s factory in Northern Ireland so your order may take four to six weeks to ship but the wait is totally worth it. You will be falling asleep in the finest 1400-count linen adorned with two rows of cord stitching. The company claims that “the more it is used, the softer and stronger it becomes” and that “it can absorb up to 20 percent of its weight in moisture before it feels damp, and easily releases moisture to the air to remain cool and dry to the touch.” If it’s good enough for the Queen, it’s good enough for us.
To order: duvet covers from $70; givans.co.uk
Frette Ultimate Sheet Set
When it comes to luxury bed linen in the hospitality industry, Frette really sets up the standard. Their sheets can be found covering beds in numerous St. Regis, Ritz-Carlton, and Four Seasons properties, Kimpton hotels, the Mandarin Oriental in Paris, and many more. So if you’d like to re-create a five-star hotel-level comfort in your bedroom, that’s’ the way to go.
Their Ultimate Sheet set, made in Italy, is crafted from the finest cotton sateen that will make you feel like you’re sleeping in the clouds. With simple and elegant design, it will match any bedroom interior and color scheme so it’s a styling powerhouse, too.
To buy: $2,950; frette.com
Versace Home Bed Linen Set
Versace is famous for its opulent aesthetic especially when it comes to its range of home accessories and bed linens. So if you’d like to add some character to your bedroom, a set of Versace sheets and pillowcases is all you need. A glamorous baroque-inspired gold-hued print adorns a reversible duvet cover and matching pillowcases. And of course, you can expect the same impeccable quality the company’s apparel and accessory ranges are famous for. Versace’s bed linen is made in Italy from super-soft high-thread cotton that will help you get a restful night sleep.
To buy: set from $925; versace.com
dazed but amazed
Handmade (and hand-dyed) in Australia, this brand offers curated tonal sets and made-to-order bed linens, crafted with care and rich colorful reflective of various natural environments. Made from 100 percent French linen and died in stunning and unique shades, a set of these linens will surely brighten an entire bedroom.
To buy: tonal sets from $197; dazedbutamazed.com