Summer Bedding Essentials That Will Keep You Cool & Comfortable

Just like your wardrobe, your blankets and sheets should also change with the season. When it comes to summer bedding, switch out your heavy comforter for a light bedspread, and swap dark colors with relaxing blues to create a cozy sleeping area that will keep you cool during warm weather.

Mint duvet cover with tassel edging and matching pillow shams photo

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Darling Duvet Cover

Sheets may come first when making your bed, but when it comes to the buying order, you need to select your top covers before anything else. This is so you can coordinate the rest of your essentials around it. For summer, we are loving this cotton duvet cover from Opalhouse at Target. Made of 100 percent cotton, you won't overheat during warm nights, while its tassel trim adds a fun decorative touch. Choose your desired size, select one of the four color options—we suggest mint for a relaxing space—and then add your other summer bedding essentials after.

Price: $59.99–$79.99

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White Sleepsmart sheets with matching pillows photo

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Sweat-Resistant Sheets

When it comes to selecting sheets, you're going to want to check the thread count and choose a set with a soft, smooth feel. We also suggest more neutral colors so you can pair them all your seasonal bedding. Our personal pick for summer: the SleepSmart sheets from Williams- Sonoma. Made of cotton and performance yarns, the set adjusts to your body's temperature to keep you cool and comfortable all night long. It also wicks away moisture and decreases humidity, so you can get a restful sleep without waking up in sweat. Bonus: If you love them like we think you will, the set also features a duvet cover, pillow shams, and inserts for each.

Price: $35–$199

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White goose feather and down pillow inserts photo

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Must-Have Pillow Inserts

Once you've got your duvet and sheets, it's time to focus on keeping your head comfy too. Give your neck the perfect resting spot with these pillow inserts. Filled with white goose feathers and down, they have just the right density and softness. Our favorite feature: all the different sizes. Even if you have a round pillow case you can stuff one of these inserts inside. Grab a few for your master bed, your guest room, and even your sofa. With eight different options, you're bound to find a few that fit your space's needs.

Price: $12–$28

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Oblong pillow in mineral blue with silver embroidered frame photo

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Decorative Oblong Pillow

For a perfectly made bed, you'll want some decorative accents in addition to your main sleeping pillow. With its embroidered motif frame and soft mineral blue color, this oblong pillow definitely fits the bill. Plus, it pairs beautifully with your other summer bedding essentials. You'll love how its cotton linen feels, and how its silver border elevates your bed's entire look. When the season changes and you switch back to your heavy comforter, bring this pillow down into your living room; it makes a very comfy (and stylish) addition to your couch.

Price: $40

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White linen and cotton macramé bed skirt photo

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Macramé Bed Skirt

A bed skirt offers several benefits. For starters, it adds an upscale look to any bedroom. It also conceals any under-the-bed-storage systems while decorating your space. But not all of them have to be that standard pleated silhouette. This Serena & Lily bed skirt features a macramé pattern with its rows of knots and tassels. The unique design instantly adds texture and style to your space, and it's easy to care for; simply wash it on cold. (Being machine-washable is a huge plus since it's so close to the floor.) Get in white for an airy feature, or choose the navy if you want your bed to appear larger.

Price: $128–$178

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Memory foam pillow with cooling technology photo

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Cooling Pillow

Supportive pillows are crucial for a good night's sleep, but this pillow goes a step further by combining contouring memory foam with cooling technology. The secret lies in its double knit performance fabric cover that doesn't absorb heat, so it stays cool all night long. Hesitant about using a pillow without a case? Its cover is machine-washable so you can toss it on cold and use it time and time again. Choose from a standard or king size and get ready for your coolest sleep yet.

Price: $69.99–$89.99

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Geometric-patterned throw blankets in blue, purple, tan, orange, and red piled on a white chair photo

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Lightweight Throw Blanket

It may be summer, but that doesn't mean you can't wrap up in a blanket—especially for a weekend nap. You'll want something that's light (stay away from furs and wool), which is why we suggest this woven throw. Made of brushed cotton, this blanket offers all the softness without any of the weight. Its geometric pattern and fringe detailing add just enough decoration without clashing with your summer bedding pieces. You can get it in a multitude of colors, but if you want to continue the tranquil atmosphere, we suggest the light blue; however, if you're looking to add some color the purple or orange make a complementary statement.

Price: $98.99

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Nine-piece comforter set that features shams, pillows, bed skirt, and comforter in periwinkle and paisley striped pattern photo

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All-in-One Comforter Set

If you'd rather shop once and be done, then we suggest this nine-piece comforter set from Overstock. The bedding bundle gives you all the quality you want at a bargain price. You won't overheat under the cotton comforter, plus the blend of periwinkle and gray add a calming effect to your space. In addition to a blanket, the set also includes a white bed skirt, three decorative pillows, two coordinating lace shams, and two light blue euro shams. Its lace trim and pintuck detailing complete the elegant look. Pair it with a white upholstered headboard for a luxurious aesthetic, or try a wooden oak bed frame if you prefer a vintage-inspired style.

Price: $394.74

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