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The Best Fall Bedding Materials and Colors

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PARACHUTE TEAM
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JESSICA SCHRAMM FOR PARACHUTE
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The season of pumpkin spice lattes, warm sweaters and vibrant-hued foliage is here, giving you the perfect opportunity to roll out a fall bedding makeover. By simply switching up your summer bed linen for a fall bedding set in a trendy color and warm material, you can transform the entire decor aesthetic of your bedroom. As a bonus, you will make your bed a lot cozier, more comfortable and beautifully in sync with the cooler season.

Yet you don’t have to be a design pro to achieve a magazine-worthy fall bedding transformation. Take your style cues from nature and choose bed linens in autumn-inspired colors made from snuggly fabrics. Just be warned that when you’re done, you might want to stay in your bed all day.

Read on for a roundup of the best fall bedding ideas and trends that will help you update your bedroom like an expert.

Best Fall Bed Sheet Materials

With cooler days ahead of us, your fall bed sheets should deliver not just Instagram-worthy looks but an extra dose of warmth as well. Picking bed sheets for fall will largely depend on the kind of sleeper you are.

To learn more, see our guide on How to Pick Bed Sheets Based on How You Sleep.

Sateen Bedding

If you’re always cold and like your bed extra warm at night, go for a luxurious set of sateen bed sheets. Not only will they transform your bedroom into a 5-star hotel room thanks to the material’s silky appearance, but they will also keep you warm without overheating. Sateen is made from cotton but manufactured using satin weave, resulting in a thicker fabric that has two of cotton’s best features: breathability and lightness. So it truly is the best of both worlds.

For more details on this luxury bed sheet material, read the Sateen: Know Your Bedding Like a Designer guide.

Brushed Cotton Bedding

Another great cold-weather option is brushed cotton. People often compare its smooth surface to the feeling of wearing your favorite lived-in t-shirt. This extra soft cotton fabric is finished with a brushing treatment that fluffs it up for a flannel-like feel. Similar to sateen, brushed cotton retains heat very well but remains breathable and airy.

For more details on this luxury bed sheet material, read the Brushed Cotton: Know Your Bedding Like a Designer guide.

Percale Bedding

Cold sleepers who want that cozy feeling in the fall but not necessarily the extra warmth that comes with it should consider percale. Percale is made from cotton fibers and has a smooth, flat finish that looks very luxurious and feels cool to the touch. Percale bedding is also a fantastic year-round option as it regulates body temperature well.

For more details on this luxury bed sheet material, read the Percale: Know Your Bedding Like a Designer guide.

To learn more about different sheet fabrics and find the right fit, check out the Guide to Bed Sheets: Choose the Right Fabric & Style for Your Bed

Fall Color Bedding Ideas

By switching up the color scheme of your bed linen, you’ll bring the beauty of the season into your bedroom. Here’s how to do it.

Monochrome Bedding

Monochrome palettes don’t have to be dull. In fact, they’re a great choice for layering autumn bedding since you can invoke the many shades of fall foliage. Variety is key both in terms of hues and materials. Combine shades of orange such as burnt orange, pumpkin, fire and apricot to create a vibrant look. Statement orange bedding will also make for a beautiful pop of color. The number one rule when incorporating a monochrome palette into your bedroom is to style various textures that will add depth and prevent the colors from looking flat.

Other beautiful fall-inspired shade options include grey and mustard yellow. You can even design a black bedroom that goes beyond monochrome.

Fall Foliage Colors

When in doubt, look outside. Nature undergoes a spectacular transformation in the fall, so the easiest thing to do is to take inspiration from it. Combine shades of yellow such as gold, honey and amber; orange such as cider, ginger or salamander; fiery reds like cherry red, brick red, ox blood, maroon and burgundy; dark greens (pine, basil, seaweed, olive and moss) and browns (mahogany, pecan, coffee and cinnamon). Just bear in mind that unless you’re going for a really eclectic look, you shouldn’t mix and match more than three different colors when assembling your fall color bedding sets.

Earthy Tones

Earthy tones are always a great idea because they bring a soothing, organic vibe to any bedroom. And since we tend to spend more time indoors come fall, dressing up your bed in earthy tones will bring a zen vibe to the space. Rusty orange, clay, bronze, grey, taupe and cream have that picture-perfect, effortlessly chic look.

What’s more, neutral shades are timeless and you can make them work in the context of many interior styles and decor aesthetics. They are also an excellent option for a guest bedroom. Drape a fall-colored blanket at the foot of the bed for a cozy touch, or layer it over an autumn comforter to create the ultimate fall bed.

Incorporate a Pop of Bright Color

Just because the weather is gloomier and cooler in the fall doesn’t mean your bedroom decor should also take a bleak turn; quite the contrary. Much like spring, fall is a season of bright, rich colors. Just think about the sheer variety of hues you see at your local farmer’s market each fall — orange pumpkins, bright red apples, pomegranate, yellow gourds and purple grapes. Pick one of these bright shades and incorporate it into your fall bedding for a seasonal pop of color.

This Vintage Linen Bed Cover in Sienna has a rich burnt orange shade that will immediately become the focal point of your bedroom. You can also incorporate brighter shades by layering several decorative throw pillows on your bed. This oversized ochre linen body pillow is an instant eye-catcher.

For more bedroom color trend inspiration, read on in our Bed Sheet Color Trends and Bedroom Paint Color Inspiration guides. 

How Should You Layer Your Bed in the Fall?

With temperatures slowly dipping in the fall, updating your top-of-bedding layers is essential. A breezy summer blanket is no match for a fall comforter when cold weather rolls in. Functionality aside, adding a few extra layers is also an excellent opportunity to put your designer hat on and inject some personal style and cozy fall vibes into your bedroom.

If you live in a particularly cold place or are a hot sleeper, you may not want to wait for the first snow to arrive to add a mattress topper for some added warmth. Your fall-colored bedding set comes next. Make a note to purchase a fitted sheet with a deep enough pocket that will fit both your mattress and mattress topper. A top sheet is optional, but it’s a good idea in the fall since it adds another warm layer to your bed.  

Next up, choose a soft fall bed comforter that will make you feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud. Ultra-cozy duvet inserts filled with down or down alternatives will transform your bed into a fluffy dream. Dress it up in a duvet cover in your favorite fall shade and match that to your pillowcases and shams to create a uniform look. If you’d like to add another bedding layer for aesthetic or hygienic purposes, choose a fall colored blanket or quilt in a contrasting or complementing color to create texture and add variety.

Want to learn more about bedding fillers? See our guide to down vs down alternative.

And finally, fall is the season that calls for decorative pillows and throws. They will make your bed much cozier and more inviting. Groups of pillows in odd numbers usually look best, but you can also go for a symmetrical 2x2 look if your bedroom is furnished in a contemporary style. Choose pillows of different sizes and dress them up in shams of various materials such as faux fur, velvet, wool or mohair.

Read more about styling throw pillows in this post on How to Style Throw Pillows on Your Couch Like a Designer.

Where to Shop for Premium Fall Bedding?

Not all bed sheets are created equal. If you’d like to dress your bed in high-quality bedding made from long-staple Egyptian cotton, check out the sheets offered by Parachute. They’re made in family-owned factories in Europe and are Oeko-Tex certified to ensure you get a healthy night’s sleep.

Find out more in our guide: What Is Long Staple Egyptian Cotton?

Our brushed cotton bedding includes fitted and top sheets, pillowcases, pillow shams and duvet covers in gorgeous earthy tones.

Or, if you think you’d like sleeping in percale more, choose between the incredible variety of fall-perfect shades and prints that also include options for kids.

Top off your fall bed with decorative pillows in chic linen and drape a warm Oversized Rib-Knit Throw in earthy clay or dramatic Charcoal Rib Knit Throw to set an autumn mood.

The color schemes you’ll find at Parachute are versatile and work exceptionally well for boho and modern interiors. Whether you are looking for new fall bedding or a cozy comforter and duvet cover, you should have no trouble finding something beautiful that matches your style and decor aesthetic. 

Want more tips on updating your entire home for the fall? Read our guide: Fall Home Decor Ideas: Room by Room Inspiration.

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The Warmest & Coziest Bedding for Cold Nights

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What is a Top Sheet? Do You Actually Need One

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