You've lavished love and attention on every aspect of your bedroom so far, so the finishing touches deserve the same consideration. Your furniture looks so good, the bed linen is beautiful and the rug ties everything together. You just need a little something else--that final accent that creates the cosiness plus sophistication you want for your space at the end of the day. Bedspreads can be just the thing to boost your bedroom into Instagram-worthy perfection.
A bedspread tends to be more decorative than functional. You can still definitely use your bedspread for warmth over your other bed linen, but a lot of people dress the foot of the bed with a bedspread when it's time to sleep. Think of that lightweight blanket that is usually over the bed in hotels. That's a bedspread. It's not the first thing that pops to mind when you think of snuggling up, but they do a great job of keeping in the warmth of other blankets, especially if it's chilly where you live.
Bedspreads can make a big visual impact when you walk into the room. The top of the bedspread is prime space for a pattern or texture to really pop. Usually, bedspreads aren't reversible, although the reverse of high-quality ones will still be attractive and smooth to the touch for wrapping yourself up. Some contain a thin layer of batting.
For some people, the choice is easy. Which one is going to keep you warmer? This is a great way to make bed linen decisions in general. If you live in a cooler climate, your default is always whatever is warmer. Closer to the tropics? Go for the lighter weight choice.
One of the major determining factors is the heaviness of the specific bedspread you choose, but another way to approach your selection is by looking at your other bed linen. The bedspread will play nicely with lots of other bed linen weights and add heft to the top layer of the bed for a finished appearance. If you've been keeping it simple with one big duvet, a bedspread is probably your best bet. You'll still get the warmth of the duvet, but the bedspread adds a clean edge to your bed that a fluffy duvet might not. The duvet, in this case, will create a look of cushiness under the polished bedspread edges. Either choice will keep you warm, depending on what you've already decided.