Warmer weather is starting to appear (it’s about time!), and suddenly, climbing into bed and snuggling under layers and layers of blankets isn’t so appealing. Gramercy, one of our favorite local linen shops, has some ideas on how to lighten the load (and look) of your bed without overhauling the whole room. Just follow a few simple steps, listed below.
1. Lose the weight.
“Start by replacing a heavy blanket with a matelessé coverlet or silk quilt,” says Gramercy co-owner Jenny Taubel. “You can hold onto your duvet, but keep it folded at the foot of the bed, or switch to a lightweight version.”
2. Do a sham swap.
To usher in a little spring, trade out your shams for something in a floral or botanical print that coordinates with your current color scheme. Or add a decorative pillow in a texture or tribal pattern.
3. Add a personal touch.
Customizing your coverlet or shams also brightens up your bed. Gramercy is renowned for its artful take on personalization and provides everything from basic monograms to high-end digitization of a home’s logo (yes, that does exist). To punch up a neutral palette, Taubel recommends choosing a thread color that blends with your bedding, but falls a little outside your comfort zone.
4. New sheets, anyone?
A new season may signal a new set of sheets. Many people prefer crisp, cotton percale when outdoor temperatures climb because it stays cool. A tighter weave gives sateen a thicker, more lustrous texture best snuggled in during the winter. While percale isn’t initially as smooth as sateen, most Gramercy customers enjoy the way the fabric softens over time and consider it the best choice, no matter what time of year.
SB TIP: “When shopping for sheets, don’t be fooled by a high thread count or an Egyptian cotton label,” says Gramercy co-owner Cam Reynolds. “Thread count isn’t regulated or standardized, so you can’t rely on it to measure performance. And while Egyptian cotton is considered the finest of its kind, many companies use the term inaccurately just to puff up sales.” To ensure quality, look for a high-end manufacturer.
Queen sheet sets from Sferra Celeste (percale) and Matouk Nocturne (sateen) are two top-selling lines at Gramercy, but they come at a luxe price ($645 and $789, respectively). If you’ll sleep better spending less, pick the hemstitch percale from Matouk’s Sierra collection for $332, or the Peacock Alley Soprano, a sateen set for $505. Another, more affordable option is Traditions sheeting, which ranges from $158 for a twin set to $330 for a king. And if you need a new coverlet, the Matouk Diamond Pique is a steal at just $174.
Sweet dreams! You’ll sleep better now!
Photos: Christy Fassnacht