Duvet fillings: the options

Enjoy a great night's sleep with our expert guide to finding the right duvet and pillow for you

Blankets, throws and mattress toppers

* Although duvets are still the bedding of choice, blankets and throws are a great way to add colour and texture to a neutral scheme. Choose fresh hues and light weaves for spring/summer and warmer shades and thick-textured fabrics for autumn/winter.

* Blankets help make a lower- tog duvet warm enough for winter and are good if you like that ‘tucked in’ feeling. If you do add a blanket to your bedding, first use a sheet, then the blanket and finally your duvet, as otherwise the air that adds to the warmth will be squashed out of the quilt.

* Mattress toppers, which have been used in the best hotels for some time, are now gaining popularity at home. ‘My chiropractor recommended using one,’ says The White Company’s Chrissie Rucker. ‘The extra layer of padding between you and your mattress gives you a really comfortable night’s sleep’.

Check out our product finder for a great selection of bedding for your home.

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