Window View - May 2012

Must Haves In Fashion Bedding
By Wanda Jankowski

New In Hospitality: The Comforlette Venus Home, in collaboration with George Whyte, has created the patent-pending Comforlette™, a new concept for the hospitality sector created to save on the housekeeping time and labor needed to change the traditional duvet cover. The Comforlette combines a comforter and a coverlet. The coverlet is bordered with a tailored 2-inch wide flange on all four sides with mitered corners. The coverlet and comforter are attached with buttons on the back of the comforter that are covered with the tailored flange so the guest cannot see or feel the buttons. The coverlet can be separated from the comforter and used as a lightweight bedcovering by itself during warmer months. The coverlet can be made from any fabric. The comforter is a 50/50 poly/cotton blend with polyester fiber fill.

When it comes to fashion bedding, the marketplace does offer something for everyone. However, there are always consumers who look for what’s new and what’s in fashion. Here is the rundown on what’s hot in fashion bedding today with prime examples from some of the leading fashion bedding supplirs:

Patterns & Motifs

  • Paisleys are popular, oversized and richly detailed with intricate color combinations.
  • Ikats are to home textiles what stainless steel appliances are to the kitchen—it seems to be the motif that never dies! Whether the ikat forms the entire pattern or is mixed in with other patterns, it reigns supreme. Ikat chevrons combine global with geometric influences.
  • Modern floral prints feature oversized blooms, often presented with a painterly quality, as if they had been hand-painted on the material.
  • Regional looks are in demand, from coastal motifs highlighting varied forms of sea life, and moose- and deer-laden designs well-suited for the lakeside cabin and lodge, to ensembles adorned with detailed traditional patterns reworked from historic archives.
  • Patchwork style prints blend varied motifs in shades of one color or colors that vary from patch to patch.
  • The “touch of the hand” appears in motifs that offer botanical drawings or words rendered in calligraphy.
  • Menswear looks are present, but not as extremely tailored or prevalent as in previous seasons, and are often mixed in with other, less reserved motifs or colors to accommodate male and female tastes in a single ensemble.
  • Global influences have evolved from looks that reflect elements from specific countries to rustic and primitive motifs that are more vague and distant from original inspirations—the patterns could be from “here or there.”
  • Lacy lattices and repeated patterns inspired by ancient ceramic tile motifs are on trend.
  • Modern geometrics are more subtle and lean towards transitional.
  • Distressed and white-washed looks that give patterns a worn, uneven, vintage feel are popular.
  • Chocolate and grey remain the most popular neutrals, often used as backgrounds and frequently paired with blue, lavendar or green. An occasional pairing of black and ivory or black and white adds a touch of classic elegance to the marketplace.
  • Some spice and rust shades, subdued from their bright orange roots to better withstand the test of time, have surfaced in response to Pantone’s Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango.
  • Vibrant, saturated colors, that tie in with the watercolor effect, enliven bedding ensembles, frequently offering striking combinations, such as red and pink or cobalt blue with fresh spring green. For the less adventurous, neutrals form the backdrop for controlled pops of citrus yellow or lime green on gray or black.

Texture & Embellishment

  • Hotel looks have evolved in complexity beyond the sterile solid-on-solid frame motif that marked the concept’s debut several years ago. Colors beyond neutrals or “spa” shades and controlled patterns enliven today’s hotel looks meant for the home. New concepts have also entered the hospitality scene, from bed scarves to creative covers.
  • Texture reigns supreme, with pleating, ruffles, pintucks and other construction details adding visual interest.
  • Ornamentation in traditional styles is still not back to the elaborate embellishments of half a dozen years ago, but bling has inched back in decorative pillows, from faux fur, sequins and beads to ornate construction techniques.
  • The relaxed look of non-ironed linen is in vogue. Cotton or poly pieces that project the textural quality of linen or slubbed silk are popular as well.
  • Clean-lined jacquards with traditional pattern repeats or wide striping, and solids made with sateen cotton or smooth silk echo Hollywood glamour and provide an elegant option for those who crave stream-lined modern looks.

Continuing Classics

  • Animal prints continue in popularity, but today’s styles usually feature them with an added twist, whether the patterns are mixed in with other motifs, rendered in stylish colors rather than the traditional neutral tones or slightly abstracted to echo an animal’s patterning in general rather than represent a faithful reproduction.
  • Charming traditional floral motifs in quilts and full-fledged ensembles are rendered in up-to-date colors to bring a touch of countryside cottage living to any environment.
  • Traditional elements, such as scrollwork and repeated ornate medallions are present, but in simpler settings, such as tone-on-tone jacquards, sans the heavy embellishments in trims, beading and crystals that were in vogue a half dozen years ago.
Glamour Era Elegance
The Must Have damask sateen bed linens from Yves Delorme recall Hollywood’s golden age of glamour. Simple wide striping allows the luxuriousness of the silk to command the spotlight.
Relaxed Linen The Classico Vintage Collection from Sferra showcases a relaxed aspect of Classico Italian-spun linen for a lived-in look. Classico Vintage duvet covers, shams, flat sheets and pillowcases, shown in the wisteria colorway, feature the Sferra hemstitch hem treatment and are paired with the Asti blanket cover and shams, and the Como merino wool throw.
Linen & Cotton Pairing Casual luxury is embodied in the 100 percent linen pleated duvet and shams from Fino Lino. They are paired with a 100 percent Egyptian cotton matelassé coverlet and shams imported from Portugal.
Regional Flair In Patchwork
J.Queen New York offers a modern spin on a tropical look in Martinique. Worked into the vibrant color scheme is a version of the orange color of the year.
Oversized Vibrant Florals
The Rosemary, designed in Europe and part of Famous Home Fashions’ Essenza bedding line, presents a modern large-scale floral rendered in vibrant reds and pink that reverses to an interesting plaid.
Animal Print
Present Living Home presents a contemporary take on animal print with irregularly sized and shaped spots on a watercolor-effect neutral background paired with vermicelli quilting on a solid brown ground. This Kally ensemble includes coordinating curtains.
Patchwork & Ikat
The Santorini 100 percent cotton patchwork quilt set from Greenland Home Fashions combines stripe, geometric, floral and ikat patterns in indigo, ocean blue, white and ivory. Santorini is available in twin, full/queen, king and throw sizes.
Menswear Influence
Stanton from Raymond Waites Design features a new take on the menswear influence. The printed paisley is complemented by the oversized plaid pattern in the sheeting and bedskirt. Feminine touches appear in the decorative pillows with fur, sequins, pintucking and embroidery.
Touch Of The Hand
Eden Park from Raymond Waites Design features romantic embroidery in a botanical motif that could have been hand drawn in a Victorian sketchbook.
Distressed Print, Linen Look
The Toscana from Royale Linens is a linen-look cotton textured with a two-way slub. The printed pattern reflects a casual distressed look.
Coastal Look
The Bora Bora 100 percent cotton quilt set from Greenland Home Fashions features an ocean botanical print with seahorses frolicking among coral, seaweed and nautilus shells, on a seafoam color ground machine quilted in a vermicelli stitch. The quilt is available in twin, full/queen, king and throw sizes.
Historic Inspired Floral
The Historic Charleston Collection from Ellery Homestyles features updated interpretations of textile designs archived in the Historic Charleston Museums. The Botanical Collection shown is adapted from a circa 1853 chintz appliqué crib quilt. The collection includes a bedding set, coordinating window treatments and decorative accent pillows.


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