Beautiful basics: these are the best bed linens to adorn your bed with

Classic pieces that will last the style distance.

Every home needs a few beautiful basics that act as style foundations. Choosing the right bed linen that transcends trends, can be dressed up or down, and works with many moods can be tricky.

Sticking to white bed sheets is a fail-proof choice when finding bedding that works for most homes and bedrooms. However, there is always room for an elevated basic. Whether that’s by opting for a striped bed sheet rather than a plain one or choosing to go bold with fun graphic prints, choosing your bed linen for your bedroom is a personal journey – so it’s worth taking some time to choose one that suits your taste and needs.

(Credit: Photography: Louise Roche)

Helpful bed linen tips:

  • Quality linen has natural thermal qualities keeping you cooler in summer and warmer in winter
  • Thread count can be confusing – the quality of the cotton used is more important than a high thread count 
  • Hang freshly laundered linen in the sun to dry, then slip straight onto the bed for a relaxed, crumpled look
  • Allergy sufferers should wash bed linen in water heated to 55 degrees Celsius to kill dust mites effectively

Ready to refresh your bedroom? Below, we’ve curated a list of our favourite basic (and not-so-basic) bed linens that deserve a spot in your bedding collection year-round. 

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Linen sheet set with pillowcases in Cedar Stripe, Cultiver

from $490

Crafted from pure linen woven from European Flax and pre-washed for a soft vintage feel, this sheet set by Cultiver is a favourite amongst home interior enthusiasts. Available in 16 different neutral hues, our pick is Cedar Stripe which’ll add character to any bedroom.


Stonewashed cotton fitted sheets in Dusty Lemon, Adairs

from $69.99 (usually $99.99)

In a perfect-spring hue – a buttery lemon – this fitted sheet from Adairs is crafted from 100 per cent natural cotton, and becomes softer with each wash.


Lita quilt cover set, Linen House

from $119.99 (usually $199.99)

Perfect for contemporary bedrooms, the Lita quilt cover boasts an oversized graphic flower and leaf print in a fresh palette of soft aqua and moss green. You can complete the look with a matching pillowcase, too.


1200TC Palais quilt cover in White, Sheridan

from $699.99

With a generous 1200 thread count, this quilt cover from Sheridan is perfect for the cooler months. Spun from long-staple fibres that create a lustrous sateen weave, it’s the perfect go-to quilt cover that will work with any bedroom aesthetic. 


Antica stonewash sheet set in Blush, Canningvale

from $39.99

Crafted from 100 per cent cotton and stonewashed for superior softness, the Antica sheet set from Canningvale is firmly on our bed linen wishlist. It’s lightweight and breathable with a two-tone melange effect printed design that adds a touch of luxury to this simple and timeless bed sheet set. Also available in grey.


Oatmeal 100% French flax linen bedding set, Bed Threads

from $250

We can’t talk about quality bed linen without mentioning the cult-favourite brand, Bed Threads. Their sheet sets come in an array of colours, so creating your dream bedspread is easier than ever. Our pick is this muted, warm-toned hue that will work seamlessly in any coastal-themed abode. Crafted from 100 per cent French flax linen and pre-washed for that soft, lived-in feel, it’s a must-have in any bed linen collection. 


Eve Linen Recycled original stripe fitted sheet, Sheet Society

from $132 (usually $165)

Made from 50 per cent recycled flax linen and 50 per cent French flax linen, this fitted sheet from Sheet Society looks great in any bedroom and is also great for the planet. Featuring a warm white base and a simple black stripe, it’s your next basic sheet to add to your collection – with a twist.


Noni gingham king flat sheet, Country Road


Add a bit of pattern to your bed linen rotation with this yarn-dyed gingham flat sheet from Country Road. In a neutral sand colourway made with a beautifully soft cotton-linen blend, it’ll instantly elevate your bedroom.


Home Beautiful Ari quilt cover set, MyHouse

from $279.99

Elegant yet relaxed, the Home Beautiful Ari quilt cover set is crafted from a soft cotton fabric with a subtle check weave. This set includes a button-closure quilt cover and two matching standard-sized pillowcases.

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