While the right mattress might make for a painless night’s sleep, and the best sheets will keep you comfortable in your sleep, the duvet cover is the item tasked both with keeping you cozy and decorating your bed. For our update on the best ones to buy, we talked to some of the interior designers who weighed in on the best sheets, best summer sheets, best pillows for side sleepers, and other sleep-related bests, plus a few new ones. These are the people who’ve touched and tested more duvets than we ever could. Let the experts help you decide.
Classic white duvet covers
“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
“We use a lot of white bedding only, so this is a great easy and comfy staple we suggest to clients.” —Ghislaine Viñas
“My favorite duvet is actually from Ikea: the Alvine Stra duvet. It is perfect. It is white, but has subtle pleating that literally looks perfect in every type of room décor. It looks great in a contemporary setting or a traditional one. It is cost-effective and timeless.” —Highlyann Krasnow, founder and creative director, the Design High
“You can’t ever go wrong with Pine Cone Hill’s Hemstitch White Duvet Cover. Classic, timeless, and so soft.” —Audrey Margarite, creative director of Bunny Williams Home
Linen duvet covers
“I tend to incorporate a lot of linen duvets in my designs. My absolute favorite is Matteo L.A. bedding. Their fabric is really luxurious, love that it is all made in L.A. and it is perfect paired with elegant interiors, without being fussy. Their showroom is located right inside their factory, so if you are in the area, you can go and see exactly which fabric fits the room you have in mind.” —Vanessa Alexander, Alexander 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
“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
Colorful and patterned duvet covers
“Flaneur is my go-to for duvet covers because of the amazing quality and color-customization option. In a bedroom, the duvet’s purpose is to either introduce a burst of a new shade or to perfectly match the rest of the existing hues, so Flaneur allowing clients to choose from any existing Pantone color is an amazing option. This way, the duvet, such a personal product in a home, is as customized as possible.” —Sasha Bikoff
“I am loving the duvet covers from Les Indiennes right now. They’re beautiful and lend a sophisticated bohemian look to a bedroom. They’re fresh but still have an antique textile feeling, and they complement both modern and traditional interiors.” —Alex Papachristidis, Alex Papachristidis Interiors
“The latest release of goodies from Australian brand Kip & Co are from the ‘First Light’ range, and they capture the essence of tropical feels. This duvet is the perfect way to bring the islands inside and give you your own slice of paradise at home. Mix this with their oversize euro cushions and giant tassel throws, and you feel like you are on permanent holiday.” —Alex Fulton, Alex Fulton Design
Embroidered duvet covers
“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
“Matouk has a great selection of styles, from a clean, tailored banding detail that works nicely with our new Henredon collection to more traditional embroideries. They have a wide range of colors that coordinate across the product line, and they offer nice, quality sheeting at a reasonable price. I like the Lowell: It’s refined and modern, and comes in a whole range of colors that makes it very versatile.” —Scott Sloat, partner, David Kleinberg Design Associates
“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
“For a bohemian choice, I am drawn to the wide array of bedding from Anthropologie. Their tasseled border duvet cover is the perfect mix of classic design and something you might find in a bazaar while traveling. I am really drawn to the black-and-white color combination, as it works in so many different settings. The international vibe is right up my alley.” —Danielle Colding, Danielle Colding Design
Duvet covers for the kids’ room
“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
“Rachel Castle has pulled inspiration from her studio dog, Sydney, for her latest addition to her bedding range. For bedding that is an ode to dogs with short legs, she has captured the cute and adorable likeness perfectly. She also does multicolored polka dots, large florals, and sumptuous velvets. They’re definitely made to mix and match.” —Fulton
When we first rounded up the best duvet covers, one of the most popular pieces was a white cover with cherries printed on it. That item has since sold out, but we’re big fans of this peach-print duvet cover. (It’s similar in style to the Momofuku status tote.)
These sweet lemons are another fruit-print option.
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