While the right mattress might make for a painless night’s sleep, and the best sheets will keep you comfortable, a duvet cover does double duty — it protects your comforter (thereby keeping you cozy) and adds a design element to your bed. To find the best ones, we consulted 17 interior designers — or people who’ve touched and tested more duvets than we ever could, and also happen to know a thing or two about creating inviting, stylish bedscapes. Read on for our experts’ favorites, which include both affordable and luxurious hotel-style duvet covers, several brightly patterned or colored ones that’ll make even more of a statement, and plenty of more relaxed linen options as well.
Best hotel-style duvet covers
To get that timeless, high-end hotel look — think crisp, white bedding that’s both comfortable and durable — at home, several designers we spoke to say they love the minimal designs and clean lines of Frette bedding. Sean Juneja, the founder and CEO of Décor Aid, says, “We’ve outfitted bedrooms with duvet covers from just about every trusted brand around, [but] nothing beats the ultimate luxury of one from Frette.” Besides lending an air of elegance to your bed, Frette linens are also famously comfortable. “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,” says architect and interior designer Campion Platt of Campion Platt Interiors. For something less expensive than Frette’s classic hotel-style duvet cover (by about $100), Decorist designer Audrey Margarite recommends this percale cover from Frette’s diffusion line, Frette At Home. Embellished with two subtle lines of satin-stitch embroidery, the duvet cover has that “crisp and tailored” look of a “boutique hotel room,” according to Margarite.
If you want the hotel-bedding look for less and something environmentally friendly and ethically made, SOL Organics’s sateen duvet cover made from 100 percent organic cotton comes recommended by Havenly staff designer Madison Shoemaker and Ashley Goldman, the founder of the Gold Hive. Shoemaker loves this duvet cover’s simple design and classic hemstitch detailing that she says “provides a clean and fresh look,” while Goldman appreciates that SOL Organics uses non-GMO, certified-raw, and fair-trade-certified cotton. “We spend a big part of our lives in bed, so quality linens are really important for comfort and health,” she adds.
Even more affordable than the two hotel-style duvet covers above is this option from Brooklinen, the maker of some of our favorite (and affordable) linen sheets. This one will also give a bed that crisp look and feel, according to interior designer Ghislaine Viñas. “We use a lot of white bedding only, so this is a great easy and comfy staple we suggest to clients,” she says. If you’re looking for a twist on the classic, go with this subtly striped version.
Margarite also recommends Pine Cone Hill’s Hemstitch white duvet cover, which she calls “classic, timeless, and so soft.” The go-with-everything duvet cover has just a hint of stitching and can be easily mixed and matched with different sheet sets.
Embroidered or embellished hotel-style duvet covers would be a good option if you’re after that crisp look but crave a bit more personality. Like Frette, Italian fine-linens company Bellino is known for its fancy bedding and bespoke options, with hundreds of possible fabric-and-embroidery combinations to choose from. But also like Frette, Bellino sells a far more affordable (non-bespoke) line at Bed Bath & Beyond, which comes recommended by Steve McKenzie of McKenzie Interior Design. “They use the highest-quality cotton that feels sumptuous,” he says of the brand’s less expensive duvet covers, which include this one with simple — but noticeable — embroidery in the form of three pale-blue lines.
Instead of embroidered lines, this duvet cover from Matouk — which several of our designers recommend for luxurious bedding — features the brand’s signature chain pattern to make it a little more interesting. Margarite admits it’s expensive, but calls the duvet cover “perfectly classic,” adding that the embroidered chain design is “timeless and will never go out of style.” Designer Ariel Okin also often uses the Chain Duvet for her clients’ projects. Scott Sloat, a partner at David Kleinberg Design Associates, is a third fan of Matouk’s luxury linens — though his favorite style is the Lowell, a pricier (by about $200 bucks) option with a thicker, sateen-stripe border that he says is “refined and modern,” adding that it “comes in a whole range of colors that makes it very versatile.”
Best patterned and colored duvet covers
If you want to make an even bigger statement in your bedroom, there are plenty of bolder duvet covers out there that don’t skimp on comfort. While it doesn’t have that crisp white look, we love that the seersucker material on this duvet cover recommended by Juneja makes it seem like something you might find in a small-town boutique hotel. According to him, “Serena & Lily’s range of bedding has a lighthearted, California-cool air.”
This writer (Lauren Ro) owns Snowe’s percale duvet cover in slate blue and adores the way it looks on her bed. Fabricated of super-crisp percale cotton, it feels luxurious, clean, and cool while adding a nice punch of color to a room. For a more muted look, try it in gray, ivory, or a sweet blush pink.
When you need a very specific shade of blue or mauve to complete your bedroom vision, Flaneur will custom-dye a supima-cotton duvet just for you. “Flaneur is my go-to for duvet covers because of the amazing quality and color-customization option,” says designer Sasha Bikoff. “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.” The company also offers some ready-to-order duvet covers in unique colors like rich burgundy, neon green, and goldenrod yellow.
Jess Blumberg, of Dale Blumberg Interiors, likes these silky-smooth bamboo duvet covers that come in shades like mint and sky blue. “They’re modern, minimal, and supersoft,” she says, “and it doesn’t hurt that they’re sustainable, hypoallergenic, and affordable.”
For a graphic pattern, consider this duvet cover that Margarite also recommends. “There’s a wonderful charm and simplicity to a ticking-stripe pattern,” she says. She adds that this duvet cover, which is also reversible, would work well in a modern farmhouse-style home.
This even more geometric duvet cover comes recommended by Shoemaker, who likes that it’s textured and patterned subtly enough so as not to overwhelm. She told us that the “raised geometric patterns add a unique texture and look” to the otherwise simple, solid-colored cover — that also happens to be made of 100 percent organic cotton.
If a geometric pattern is a little too graphic for your tastes, here’s another textured duvet cover that Shoemaker also calls “subtle and luxurious.” Made from 100 percent waffle-weave cotton, it features a more natural, woven look that she says is cozy, comfortable, and sophisticated.
For block-print purists, Les Indiennes’ duvet covers are printed on organic cotton using traditional methods in southern India. “They’re beautiful and lend a sophisticated bohemian look to a bedroom,” says Alex Papachristidis of Alex Papachristidis Interiors. “They’re fresh but still have an antique textile feeling, and they complement both modern and traditional interiors.” Choose from the dozens of prints in their fabric library for a custom creation.
Best linen duvet covers
If you followed along with our obsessive linen-sheet testing, you know we’re big fans of the natural, breathable fabric. We’ve written before about how sweaty sleepers love Parachute’s linen sheets for keeping cool, so it’s not too surprising to hear that the brand’s linen duvet cover comes highly recommended by four of our sources: Vanessa Alexander of Alexander Design, designer Tina Rich, Shoemaker, and Juneja. “I almost always choose linen because I love the laid-back look,” Rich told us. Juneja adds, “Parachute products boast timeless design and terrific quality.” Plus, you can branch out from basic white or flax-colored linen with Parachute’s saturated indigo or smoky gray shades. Shoemaker calls this duvet cover “casual and comfortable,” especially for those who sleep either cold or hot, “as the linen is breathable and provides more insulation than cotton.” She also notes that the brand uses 100 percent European flax, “which starts out soft and only gets softer over time.” Another feature that she likes is that this duvet cover is great for pets: “It’s an easy-to-clean material that resists dog hair,” she told us.
Matteo’s linen duvet covers were recommended by two of our panelists. Alexander told us she “tends to incorporate a lot of linen duvets in my designs, and that her “absolute favorite is Matteo bedding. Their fabric is really luxurious, all made in L.A., and perfect without being fussy.” Designer Leanne Ford agrees: “Matteo has incredible, soft fabrics and textures in gorgeous, rich colors.”
For another colorful option, Rich likes the “amazingly soft” linen from Cultiver. “I’m such a fan of this linen duvet cover set in the olive, sage, and dusk colors,” she says. “They are just so subtle and earthy.” Mother-of-pearl button closures add a luxe touch to this linen duvet cover.
Those shopping on a budget will be delighted to know that our experts mentioned more than one quality linen duvet cover out there for under $200. “West Elm’s Belgian-linen duvet cover is an affordable luxury,” according to designer Liz Lipkin. “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 matching sheets also passed muster among our opinionated linen-testers.
Another budget-friendly linen pick, these duvet covers come in a range of colors if you like to change it up each season. “My favorite duvet covers are linen ones in pastel hues, because they give a boho sort of look to my bedroom,” says Emmanuelle Bernard, founder of L’appartement Store. “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.”
Like Parachute, Coyuchi is another company we’ve written about before. The brand makes some of our favorite towels and jersey and linen sheets, so we again were not too surprised to hear that Goldman is a fan of its chambray, heathered-linen duvet cover. While pricey, “all of their products meet strict standards,” she says. “They also have a program for recycling linens, so the product is never sent to the landfill.” If you subscribe to the program, you can save 15 percent on a new set of linens every six, 12, or 24 months, and return your old ones to Coyuchi, which will renew, upcycle, or recycle them.
If you love the feel of linen and want to mix it up with a pattern, try this striped duvet that Goldman uses in her own bedroom. “The natural linen is so soft, comfortable, and pretty,” she says. —Additional reporting by Karen Iorio Adelson, Alexandra Ilyashov, and Lauren Levy
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