Monthly Archives: October 2017
Turn your bedroom into a haven with our handy guide to improve your sleep sanctuary.
Numerous studies have confirmed that the environment around us makes a big difference to the quality of sleep but despite this, many bedrooms are still cluttered, unorganised and full of distractions keeping us from sleep.
Our top five easy ways to improve your night are just small changes that can make a huge impact on how rested you feel in the morning.
1 Find the right bedding
Having an unsupportive pillow or a sheet that doesn't allow your skin to breathe during the night can make you feel hot and bothered, leading to night sweats and a sore neck. Choosing a pillow with the right level of support for your sleeping position will help increase your comfort levels while breathable 100% cotton sheets will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
2 Update your decor
In a recent study, Travelodge found that people staying in rooms painted with cooler colours like pale blues, whites, moss greens or soft pinks slept for more hours per night, compared to those sleeping in rooms with bolder and louder colours.
Repainting your room or adding white bedding with a hint of colour could help you get a restful night's sleep.
3 Clean and Organised
Making your bed not only looks nicer but can also have a positive impact on your mood and sleep. In a survey carried out by the National Sleep Foundation, those who made their beds regularly had a better night's sleep, whilst sleeping in a clean, clutter-free room was found to promote sleep quality.
4 Introduce a Plant
Houseplants have a number of benefits for the home and office including increased levels of oxygen. Plants have been found to help reduce stress and anxiety, improve immunity and brain function, and boost your moods. Increase the air flow in your bedroom and choose an Aloe Vera or Lavender plant for a restful night.
5 Make It Yours
Creating a positive connection in your bedroom by filling it with simple visuals such as photos, artwork or keepsakes to create a pleasing atmosphere and really make your room your own.
At Dusk.com we pride ourselves in using high quality textiles to create timeless bedding and the thread count of the fabric is part of this, able to adjust the feel and lifespan of the bedding.
Our team at Dusk.com believe the best thread count is between 200 and 400, and uses 100% pure cotton yarn for a supreme finish and a soft feel that lasts. But what does thread count actually mean?
Simply put, the thread count is the number of individual threads in a square inch of fabric. But it is much more complicated than that. Fabrics are woven using two types of yarn; the warp and the weft. The warp is the vertical yarn, threaded onto the loom while the weft is the yarn woven through from left to right, a timely process that creates the long reams of fabric. This doesn't necessarily mean the higher the thread count is, the higher the quality.
Over the years, factories have found a way to increase the thread count of fabric by using low quality thinner yarns, twisting them together to boast a high thread count. Unfortunately, this cheats those who expect higher thread counts to be the best and they often find these fabrics are thinner, lower quality and don’t last.
We're in love with the New York style of the Manhattan Collection which will warm up your bedroom's look this autumn. With a smooth santeen finish and long quilted channels, the Manhattan bedspread, throw and pillows are the perfect finishing touch for the ultimate layered look this season.
Take a sneak peek behind-the-scenes at our gorgeously styled bedroom shoot to get inspired!
Choosing the right duvet can be a bit baffling when confronted with tog rating, natural or synthetic fillings and dimensions. We've collected some of the most asked questions by our customers to help you find the best duvet for a perfect night's sleep.
What does tog rating mean?
Tog rating refers to how well your duvet keeps the heat in rather than its thickness. In a scientific sense, tog is a measurement of thermal insulation, with duvet at the lower end of the having a lower level of insulation. We would recommend the All Seasons (13.5 tog) in the winter, the 9 tog in the spring and autumn, and the lighter 4.5 tog during the summer.
What is an All Seasons duvet?
Our All Seasons duvet is a convenient way to make sure you're at the right temperature all year round. The All Seasons duvet consists of the light and cool 4.5 tog duvet and the warmer 9 tog duvet, giving an overall 13.5 tog rating and making it perfect for all seasons.
The two duvets can fasten together for the winter, and taking apart to give you a 4.5 tog in the summer and a 9 tog in the spring and autumn.
What type of filling should I choose?
That is dependent on your personal preference. Goose Down is considered the most luxurious while synthetic fillings like microfibre are favoured by those with allergies.
The Dusk Team have worked hard to choose the best quality fillings for our range of duvets, offering you a choice of Feels Like Down microfibre, duck down and feather, and goose down.
Which size duvet should I get?
It's always best to get the duvet designed to fit your bed. So, if you have a double bed, choose a double duvet. If you share your bed you might want to move up a size in duvet to make your bed super cosy without having to worry about cover stealers.
Still have questions? Feel free to comment them below and our Dusk Team will answer them.
Go behind the scenes of dusk.com to find out how our experts choose our iconic high-quality bedding.
At dusk.com, we have over 22 years' experience sourcing the best materials from across the globe to create luxury products at affordable prices. Each item you see has gone through a meticulous process that took the initial idea to your bedroom, trialing a variety of options until we create the perfect bedding. Here are favourite fabrics and materials.
We have chosen 100% cotton percale for many of our duvet and pillowcases as we believe it is the better choice for those who like a crisp sheet. Finer than muslin, we use between 200 and 400 thread count cotton percale giving the tighter weave a smooth, crisp feel.
Natural Down and Feather
Our pillows in particular utilise the amazing qualities of both for a superior feel; the fluffy down gives your pillow a plump and cosy fill while an inner core of pure white feathers offer much needed support for a comfortable night's sleep.
Our 100% pure French linen sheets are perfect for a relaxed, chic look to give your room a je ne sais quoi. French linen doesn't need ironing, will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and gets softer after every wash. Our Vintage French Linen Collection is made from 100% French linen, combining timeless design with utmost quality to create a chic bedspread for that cosy feel.
Divine softness and elegant look, Sateen is 100% pure cotton with a high thread count and a lustrous sheen for a true luxury feel. The sleek look of the sheets offers a chic alternative to crisp cotton percale with an indulgent softness you won't want to leave.
Feels Like Down
Feels Like Down is a synthetic microfibre that boasts the natural softness and loft of down and offers a great alternative. It is an incredibly breathable filing for your duvet and pillow that will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, whatever tog rating you choose.