Design and comfort are ever evolving concepts, and humans tend to be finicky creatures anyway. With new options available all the time, trends come and go. However, when something is really a hit, it tends to stick around for a long time, perhaps just being improved upon rather than negated or replaced. This is true, especially in sleep and bedding trends.
As humans, we are also constantly searching for the best possible sleep, and often, this leads to design elements in the bedroom, as well as the comfort of our mattresses and bedding. Knowing what is available, what is popular, and what is the latest in technology can really help make decisions regarding the serenity of your bedroom as well as the best products to promote the best possible environment for your restful sleep.
Mattresses, bedding, and other elements have changed significantly over the past few years, and new developments offer a number of choices to fit your personal needs. The ‘bed-in-a-box’ method has gained popularity as well and coupled with the new technology in mattresses, this has led to the need for cooling bedding. Considering your resources, you may want to change your bedding from top to bottom.
A lot of bedrooms are now a blend of current trends and timeless pieces.
Trends in Bedding Design
Say goodbye to fluffy, overwhelmingly thick bedding, especially the kind of design elements that fall in layers around the bed frame. Today, the trend is to create a more tailored look. This probably started with the popularity of platform beds, which don’t leave much room for long draping linens. Commonly, the tailored look can be created by simply tucking the bedding into the frame, leaving clean lines. This helps cover any inconsistencies in the ability to match the seams of the bedding with the lines of the frame.
In addition, the basic white sheets and pillow cases that were popular more than half a century ago is now back in style. However, the possibility of updates is endless. You can use textured coverlets with your bedding to create some intrigue, keeping the tailored setting from being plain and dull. You should also consider splashes of color that break up the monotony. Popular methods of accomplishing this goal include:
- Throw pillows in bright colors, or in darker shades of the wall color that can bring a spark of interest to the setting.
- If you still have a duvet, fold it and drape it on the end of the bed, combining the more modern style with the classic taste of longer, flowing linens.
- Add an Afghan throw to the foot of the bed. These are usually earthen tones that spice up the look of a very clean, white bedding set.
- Use a trendy bedspread or duvet with a large image or pattern, and tuck this into the bed frame, along with the sheets. This is a great way to update a traditional look you aren’t quite ready to let go.
Not a fan of white bedding? Opt for shades of light gray. You get the same sleek look without negotiating your overall taste in design.
Recently, memory foam mattresses have become the most popular type of mattress
Trends in Mattresses
Millions of Americans experience varying degrees of back pain, especially in the lower back, and sometimes, medication is not a remedy. If this is the case for you, it may be time to invest in a new mattress. Poor mattress quality or aged mattresses can cause poor sleep, aches and pains, and decrease activity and productivity during the day. The average adult needs at least seven hours of restorative sleep for proper physical and mental functionality. Although, sometimes upping that to eight hours won’t cut it if you can’t sleep comfortably and soundly during that time.
Two concepts have overtaken the world of mattresses in recent years. First, the market has been flooded with memory foam mattresses. The promise of a mattress that conforms to your body and your sleep position without starting to sag over time sounds like a dream to most. The materials used to create memory foam have proven themselves and become one of the most popular trends in mattress technology. The perfect contouring has led to better sleep for millions, not to mention better posture and less morning soreness.
A better night’s sleep starts with the right mattress for your sleeping position.
The other big trend in sleep is the ‘bed in a box.’ It follows the way that people have slowed in their frequent shopping trips to traditional storefronts and spent more time making purchases online. The convenience of free delivery and shipping and never having to leave your home is part of the cyber sales marketing ploy, and having a mattress delivered in a box has become just as popular as ordering anything else from big box online retailers. It’s convenient, less expensive, and easy to handle. There’s no need to call a friend and borrow a truck, and it comes straight to your door.
Of course, there have been downsides in some cases to these particular trends. Not all memory foam is made the same, and often, the product holds a great deal of heat. This can lead to sweating and discomfort through the night, affecting your sleep negatively. ‘Bed-in-a-box’ mattresses are also sometimes made of materials that don’t breathe as well, causing the same problems.
As with all struggles in new technology, the kinks were worked out, leading to yet another trend in the bedding world: cooling bedding.
What is Cooling Bedding?
Don’t think of cooling bedding as something that literally cools. It’s not the opposite of an electric blanket, which actually produces heat to warm you. There is no air conditioning in the products. What cooling bedding does is employ a technology that helps regulate the temperature of your body and the bedding while you sleep. This technology regulates swings in temperature so that you aren’t woken by being too hot and sweaty or too cold and shivering.
You can find several products that employ cooling technology. For the all-over effect, try a mattress pad. For the comfort of your head and neck, be sure to look for cooling pillow covers. Take it a step further, and invest in a cooling pillow, especially if you suffer from night sweats or find that your hair is damp on waking.
A quality mattress with poor bedding becomes a poor mattress.
Do you like sleeping under the thick comfort of a duvet? Check out the lightweight options for cooling duvets, which can ease a great deal of the insulated feel that leads to overheating during the night. Interestingly, if you really want the right kind of warmth in the winter, there are even wool blankets that use cooling technology.
Perhaps the most popular of cooling bedding choices is the sheet set. Since these are the basic elements of all linens, used during summer and winter, you want to be sure you have a cooling sheet set. This can change everything and help you fall asleep and stay asleep with fewer interruptions throughout the night.
Creating the Perfect Bedding Ensemble
Every individual is different, so there isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to the perfect way to employ the latest trends in bedding to provide you with comfort and satisfaction. But keeping in mind your personal taste, as well as your health needs and the conveniences you are used to, you can put together a package that works for you.
1. Choose colors, patterns, and textures you like, and rejuvenate your bedding appearance. Try the clean, tailored look with white sheets and accent throws and pillows to bring in sharp contrast. If you don’t like the stark, modern appearance of the tucked covers, add an element that combines traditional bedding with newer bedding trends.
2. Determine what you need in a mattress. If you prefer the support of coils or springs but want the comfort of the more modern memory foam, check out the option for a hybrid mattress, which employs both technologies for the best of both worlds. If you can’t seem to get comfortable on your existing springs, check out memory foam. And if you are all about convenience, order a bed-in-a-box to be delivered to your doorstep.
3. Add some cooling bedding to the mix, especially if you have night sweats of any kind. Your entire bedroom set can be outfitted with cooling technology, from pillows and cases to sheets, mattress pads, blankets, and even duvets. In fact, opting into all of these products can add up to a perfect night’s sleep.
Try mixing up your bedrooms style. You might be surprised at it’s impact on your over sleep.
Take a look at the linens in your bedroom, and consider the possibilities. We as humans are creatures of habit who buck wildly against change. If we just accept that a great deal of the changes to technology are created to fill a need, we find that it’s easier to buy into the claims and attempt to move forward with the rest of the world. Bedding is no different. The hardest part is realizing that it’s time for a change and letting go of our comfort zone. But then, we can look forward to something much more relaxing and better for our health. Just think of it as the bedding ‘diet’ of choice, and give it a try!