From Bella Notte in San Francisco, the Trends for Spring

General / People / Products / March 7, 2022

The first day of spring for 2022 is less than two weeks away, and the designers and staff at Bella Notte Linens are more than ready.

The fact is, the San Francisco-based studio that specializes in luxury bedding for life has already begun to identify spring trends for homeowners and interior designers alike.

“We’re talking about how to transition with the season – into warmer weather, and the trends for the bedroom or other spaces in the home – with fabrics, colors, and textures,” says Heather Asker, Merchandising and Marketing Manager at Bella Notte.

When the weather warms up, they see an uptick in orders of their cotton and linen collections. “They’re more breathable than silk, which tends to be warm,” she says.

The company’s clientele is shifting away from darker tones, toward the neutral and lighter end of the palette. “Maybe they’ll use a palette of six colors – with certain decorative pillows on the bed for winter, and maybe they’ll move onto a sofa or into a reading nook,” she says. “They’ll still be peaceful and provide comfort from other, external experiences away from home, because light and color tend to do that.”

They’re noticing that decorative pillows – favorites for decorators playing with colors – are getting moved from beds to sofas. “Also we see the coverlets, the bedspread pieces, come into play – they can cover anything and change a look with different textures and fabrics,” she says.

Most of Bella Notte’s designs came from founder Kathleen McCoy, who recently retired, along with textile designer Leeta Steenwyk. And they had a particular, distinctive look and feel in mind for the machine-washable couture linens they offer.

“They were looking to provide form, function, and a particular aesthetic,” she says. “It’s a combination of color, fabric, and texture that we’ve always used in different ways, and it provides a transition to any style and any space.”

Bella Notte uses low-impact dyes and hand-mixed dyeing, to order, at a local artisanal dye house just down the street from its production facility. That results in small-batch, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind linens. “We dye after the fabric is cut and sewn so we’re not doing huge swaths,” she says. “Every load that goes in is different with slight color variations, whether it’s monochromatic or different tones in different fabrics.”

And its products are hardly from the one-and-done school of couture. “We want to inspire beautiful looks throughout the home that are usable, layered, and passed on for generations,” she says.

Today, though, they’ve got their minds on a much-anticipated transition to spring.

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Michael Welton
I write about architecture, art, and design for national and international publications. I am the author of "Drawing from Practice: Architects and the Meaning of Freehand" (Routledge, 2015), and the former architecture critic for the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.




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