The definition of interior design is that it is the practice of improving the inside of a building with the goal in mind of creating a more pleasing space for everyone who comes in. This seemingly simple idea will cover changing or altering the colors, the patterns, and/or the textures of the floor, ceilings, walls, furnishings, and decorations. The amount of light in the room or rooms and where it comes from – sunlight through windows and skylights, lamps, or recessed lighting – is part of the process too.
One of the best interior design tips for the home is the kind of comforter you put on the beds. You can also put them on couches and ottomans during the winter to create a cozy, “snuggle up by the fire” atmosphere in the living room or den.
What Is A Comforter?
Many people often confuse comforters and duvets so let’s pause for a moment to define our terms.
A comforter is essentially a giant, bed-sized bag filled with goose down or some other fibers (usually synthetic) then sewn closed. Then it is stitched in a pattern across the entire bag to hold the contents in place, basically creating a whole series of closed pockets, each one with its own filling held in place by the stitching. Comforters are normally made from a fashion fabric, valued as much for its appearance as for its tactile qualities. Comforters normally are wider and longer than the bed they’re intended for so that they hang down on both sides and at the end of the bed.
A duvet starts in much the same manner as a comforter; it is a bed-sized bag filled with goose down or a synthetic fiber. Once the end of it is sewn closed though, that’s it. A duvet cover – like a giant pillowcase – can be slipped over it and when duvet cover gets dirty, it is taken off the duvet and washed and dried. Duvets are the same size as the top of the bed they are intended for. They aren’t large enough to hang down on either side of the bed or at the bottom of the bed.
Choosing Your Bedding
When you’re choosing your bedding, it is better to pay a little more for quality now, than to spend a little less for something that won’t last or won’t do the job and have to be replaced. Synthetic fibers are never as fresh or breathable as natural fibers. Chief among those natural fibers are cotton, linen, and silk. Flax and bamboo are also popular in some applications.
Thread counts are a good indication of quality. The higher the thread count, the better the quality. A high thread count of fine Egyptian cotton will feel as soft as butter in a way no synthetic can ever hope to match.
For the filling of a comforter, goose down is the only way to go. Although the goose down isn’t directly against your skin, the way it reacts, fluffs, and holds in heat can’t be matched. A down comforter will feel different when you squeeze it than an identical comforter filled with synthetic fibers.
The Best Comforters
If you want the best comforters – and who wouldn’t? – then you should check out the down comforters from Ikea. They are warm, well designed, and stitched into some amazing patterns. Their comforters are extremely soft. They absorb moisture to keep you dry and are durable enough to give you years of warm contentment at night. They’re machine washable too.
Comforters come in a wide range and variety of colors, patterns, and materials to suit every need. Do you want some comforters in the living room to curl up beneath while you’re watching television or reading your favorite book? Perhaps you’d like a comforter that invites you to snuggle up under it with your one and only. There is a comforter for every occasion.
A Warm Ambiance
A stack of comforters on an ottoman, or draped over a rack by the fireplace, creates the warm inviting ambiance that people associate with Grandma’s house. It tells them this is a place of acceptance, comfort, and warmth. It invites them to sit down and stay awhile. If that is the atmosphere you want in your house, some brightly colored comforters will go a long way toward achieving it.
In the same way, a folded comforter at the foot of the bed declares to everyone that your bedroom is a place of safety and relaxation. It creates a sense of coziness and grace that says your bedroom is a secure retreat from the hurly-burly of the world.