While the right mattress might make for a painless night’s sleep, the right fluffy, sumptuous, feathery duvet is the key to your coziest night’s sleep. So from the people who brought you best sheets, best summer sheets, best pillows for side sleepers, and a bunch of other sleep-related bests, we now present the best duvet covers, according to interior designers, who’ve touched and tested more duvets than we ever could. Let the experts help you decide.
“I love Frette because their products come in a variety of simple, minimalist colors and patterns. The fabric is of the highest quality: durable, yet soft as silk to the touch, which is important because, with a duvet cover, the breathability of the fabric has a direct effect on how restful your sleep will be. Frette’s options are all easy to care for, and it’s a luxury choice that doesn’t break the bank.” —Campion Platt, Campion Platt Interiors
“When it comes to bedding, I tend to lean toward classic patterns in strong, bold colors like gingham and Greek key that are timeless and never go out of style. This Charter Club gingham duvet in teal demonstrates that balance perfectly. I also designed this Pacifica duvet for Wildcat Territory in red, white and blue, if those are more your colors.” —Anthony Baratta
“I look for quality in bed linens, but I’m also conscientious of practicality. The Linen Works duvet covers are soft, refined, and casually elegant. It’s a London-based company, but it’s reasonably priced and ships to the U.S.” —Jayne Michaels, 2Michaels Design
“My favorite duvet covers are linen ones, in pastel hues because it gives a boho sort of look to my bedroom. I like the fact that it doesn’t require too much water, as a natural fiber, to be grown, because it’s a strong plant, unlike cotton that uses three times the amount of water, at least. On the style side, stonewashed linen brings a vintage look to your bed, it’s very comfortable and fresh, and it comes even more natural with some wrinkles. This season, I would particularly go for a baby-pink shade, with contrasting pillows to get a Scandinavian style.” —Emmanuelle Bernard, founder of L’Appartement Store
The pink duvet is sold out, but there is a charcoal option available here.
“My go-to source for linens and duvet covers is Serena & Lily. They are great for kids’ rooms, and because the collections coordinate, you can easily update or freshen up a room. They are practical and cheerful.” —David Kleinberg, David Kleinberg Design Associates
“Fieldcrest has a lovely line that is available at Target. One of my favorites is the embroidered band duvet. It’s sateen.” —Victoria Hagan, Victoria Hagan Home
“I’m a huge fan of Snurk USA, their duvet covers are playful and spirited, and just the ticket for light summer bedding. I’d say reward your inner kid with fun, photographic printed duvet covers, designed in Holland and made in Portugal out of 100 percent soft cotton.” —Antonino Buzzetta, Antonino Buzzetta Design
“I love natural fibers for bedding. And a classic linen duvet cover is utter perfection. I am not an iron-my-sheets kind of girl, so I love a more casual, soft, lived-in look. I currently have this Italian-linen gem in my own bedroom. It is crisp and clean — the perfect warm white without going too yellow. But soft and welcoming enough to not feel too stuffy.” —Danielle Colding, Danielle Colding Design
“I love the Bespoke collection from Bellino Fine Linens from Italy. There are endless fabric and embroidery options, but Bed Bath & Beyond also carries their non-bespoke line. They use the highest-quality cotton that feels sumptuous.” —Steve McKenzie, McKenzie Interior Design
“West Elm’s Belgian-linen duvet cover is an affordable luxury. I love that it’s made from 100 percent Belgian flax like high-end linen bedding, but without the high price point. It’s prewashed for a lived-in look, which is what you want from linen bedding. Its natural texture and wrinkles will bring a casual elegance to your bedroom. The cover comes in a beautiful range of colors that are updated seasonally — my summer favorite is pure white, but I also love the new pink blush. In addition to looking great, linen is durable, environmentally friendly, and breathable. It wicks away moisture, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, promoting better sleep year-round.” —Liz Lipkin, Homepolish designer
“I’m a big fan of linen bedding. My two favorite duvets (as well as other elements of their bedding collections) are from Society, a European line, and Matteo, and American brand. Matteo duvets have a zipper closure that is phenomenally easy, and they have a beautiful muted palette of colors — mostly neutrals, but also some dark navy, gray, and black, which are super chic and work beautifully in slightly more masculine settings. Linen duvets are a year-round choice and lend a refined-yet-casual elegance to any bedroom. They also breathe and wear beautifully. On the affordable, everyday, but still luxurious and high-quality, level, Parachute is a relatively new company. We buy their white cotton duvets constantly as well.” —Vanessa Alexander, Alexander Design
“I always use Matouk because of the quality of their product, and they have a vast assortment of styles and custom capabilities. This Liana style is beautiful.” —Thomas Burak, Thomas Burak Interiors
“For something different, John Robshaw is really fun and whimsical. His duvets feel young and fresh, and I love that they are printed. It just gives a casual atmosphere to any room and sometimes it’s nice to not just have another plain white bed. Even if I don’t use the linens, I’ll often use the quilts rolled at the foot of a bed. “—Alex Papachristidis, Alex Papachristidis Interiors
Note: The Adir Rose print is sold out, but here is another fun print option in vibrant blue and turquoise.
“I love a crisp, tailored duvet cover with a little embellishment for interest. Matouk makes beautiful, high-quality linens, including this duvet with a contrasting border for a graphic, modern touch. The overall look is fresh, but classic.” —Paloma Contreras, Paloma Contreras Design
“I love the tranquility of Rikumo linens. The subtle colors and textures remind me of being in nature.” —Joan Michaels, 2Michaels Design
“As a stylist, I spend a lot of time on the road and traveling the world, which means loads of time spent in white bedding. I am always thrilled when I get home to my colorful, stylish Kip&Co bedding — and my kids love it, too. Their choice of color and the way they mix their patterns and prints make my heart sing, and our beds and home go pop! I just love everything they do. My absolute favorite this season for my girls is the Cloudy Days Delight duvet cover with the rainbow foil. It’s color kapow!” —Alex Fulton, Alex Fulton Design
And if duvet covers aren’t your thing, Jeffrey Bilhuber recommends …
“I hate duvet covers and everything associated with those big, fluffy piles of feathers at the end of everyone’s bed. I’m a blanket man. It’s quite smart to have one on the bed and another folded at the foot. I adore the timeless, utilitarian snap of a trapper blanket, especially in the city. Albert Hadley always had a red one with black stripes on his strict and spare bed in NYC. L.L. Bean is the gold standard, but vintage ones on eBay and Etsy are easy-to-source finds. The varieties of colors and combinations are endless.” —Jeffrey Bilhuber
Or try a coverlet
This is no longer available, but here is another very similar cream version.
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