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Six hot looks in summer bedding

Remaking the bed with a new ensemble can transform the look of an entire room.

Scripps Howard News Service

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If you were to rank your home-decorating projects, chances are “get new bedding” is far down the list.

We often sacrifice style in the private spaces in our homes because they are out of the public eye. But think about this: Your bedroom is your sanctuary, and it’s up to your bedding ensemble to set the tone for this all-important space.

Remaking the bed with a new ensemble can transform the look of an entire room. Let’s check out six hot trends in bedding.

Floral. You see them on fashion runways and sprouting up in home décor: Flowers are back. Today’s florals are blooming with new hues and patterns. Because many floral fabrics mix in a multitude of colors, they offer a great basis for pulling a rainbow of colors into your bedding ensemble. And their perky patterns bring graceful movement to the lines of the bedding. When you pair a strong color like coral, for example, with soft neutrals like cream and taupe, it feels lively but serene.

Stripes. We’re seeing it all right now — fat stripes, skinny stripes, in-between stripes and a combination of all of the above. Stripes in patriotic colors are back, but with a new twist. You can go with the great colors featured in Old Glory. Or you can do a variation, with reds that lean more toward coral or cinnamon, and blues that are mixed with a bit of green.

Geometrics. Designers are getting playful and reinventing the neat graphic patterns of old. We’re seeing lots of newly interpreted imperial trellis patterns, Greek key, polka dots, diamonds — and all in vibrant, saturated colors.

Ikat. The ancient Ikat pattern — unearthed and reinvented by today’s designers — is still immensely popular, and won’t be going away any time soon. The Ikat effect, created by clustering parallel lines very closely, is being used to create a wide variety of shapes like stripes and polka dots, not just the standard Ikat shape. Even though it embodies an Old World, global feel, Ikat looks right at home with today’s trendy patterns.

Animal prints. Animal prints still show strong in textiles because they bring with them an understated yet interesting graphic pattern. Zebra stripes are among the favorites, and can be worked into bedding and upholstered furnishings. It’s a great way to make a bed look a bit funky.

Solids. People are opening their hearts, and the doors of their homes, to bright colors this year. You not only see bright yellows, blues, greens, reds and oranges used in all kinds of patterns, but also in solid textiles. Solids do a lot to bring balance to a cluster of exciting fabrics, so they are always a good pick for a duvet cover, quilt or set of accent pillows.

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