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Take the bright, fresh feeling you love about summertime and bring it into your bedroom by switching to summer bedding. Tracy Dyer, Visual Associate at Room & Board Chicago, walks us through some of her design tips and favorite Room & Board pieces for making a swoon-worthy summer bed.

“You hear a lot about creating a ‘hotel-style bed’, especially in the summer,” Tracy says, “but I prefer to call it ‘indie-monochrome.’ It’s a modern organic style that gives you independence to mix varying tones and textures of white together, making your all-white bedding mix a little more residential.” Talk about a bedding guru! She is obsessed with vintage shopping and flea markets. “I do it almost every weekend. It really just fills me up and gives me ideas for setting the store,” she says of her inspirational ventures.

“Summer is the season for renewal outside as well as inside. And I love helping customers bring that same feeling into a room they spend so much time in.”

Opt for crisp cottons

“Who doesn’t want to crawl into an all-white cotton bed in the summer? I love our Chevron weave blanket for summer bedding. Pair it with white Sateen sheets and pillowcases to make a bed that feels crisp and cool.” Sateen is a cotton fabric woven like satin, so it has a glossy look and feel that keeps your bed feeling fresh.

Swap your duvet for a blanket or coverlet

“I like to take my duvet away in the summer months and stick to a beautiful coverlet or quilt, like Surrey. It’s great if you still want that soft, luscious bed—just with lighter materials. You can always add layers back on if you want!”

“Keep a plush, yet cool, bed in warmer months with classics like our Whitmore matelasse coverlet. Then top it off with a colorful throw.”

Take a cue from nature

“Pop in a sunny yellow or floral-inspired pink—anything you love about the outdoors. You can find all kinds of those powdery hues in our Norwich blankets, which are great for summer bedding and so, so soft. I think it’s the best feeling blanket we’ve ever had at Room & Board.”

Norwich blankets, available in black, blush, dijon and grey.

Favorite summery bedding trend, trick & tip

Trend | “Take a quick look into fashion or furniture and you’ll see corals and powdery hues. They’re so big right now and you’ll find them all over our throw blankets and throw pillows.”

Trick | “You don’t need a box spring for our beds, but our platform boards are popular. They offer an extra solid platform beneath a mattress and make it a lot easier to make a bed.”

Tip | “You don’t have to buy a whole new bedroom set to give your room some summer love. Pop by your local grocery store and pick up a bundle of tulips or any fresh flower. Or spritz your bedding with a wonderful linen spray that has a beautiful summery scent to it.”

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