There is nothing I love more than a pretty, well-made bed. My entire house could be a complete disaster, but as long as my bed is made and looking good, I’m a happy gal.
If you’re like me and crave a beautifully made bed, but just aren’t sure how to pull-it all together, here is a simple ‘recipe’ to help you make your own bed as pretty as a store display bed.
Keep in mind that here are no steadfast rules when it comes to outfitting your bed and the possibilities are endless. The following are just general guidelines to help get you started.
The key to a cozy-looking, inviting bed is LAYERED BEDDING.
You can never go wrong with crisp, white sheets. They go with everything and help break up all of the color and pattern, giving your eyes a spot to visually rest.
We spend about 1/3 of our lives in bed, so don’t go cheap on your sheets. Buy the best sheets you can afford and you’ll never be sorry. Look for 100% cotton (no polyester) or the key words “Pima,” “Supima” or “Egyptian long-staple,” which all indicate high quality thread. Contrary to popular belief, quality of the thread matters more than the thread count.
Most people throw a duvet or comforter over their sheets and call it good, leaving their bed looking rather plain and uninviting. Adding a quilt or coverlet gives the bed layers that bring in style and comfort. Look for a quilt that compliments your duvet and adds texture, pattern, or color to your bed. Create layers by either spreading your quilt out over your sheets and layer your duvet on top OR fold the quilt into thirds and lay it atop the foot of your duvet.
It seems simple. You have a king sized duvet cover, so you buy a king sized comforter to fill it, right? Wrong.
Comforter infills vary drastically in their measurements, regardless of their ‘size’ label. You need to measure your duvet cover and then find a comforter insert that is at least 2 or 3 inches larger than your duvet cover. This will help your comforter look full and cozy like the ones you see in store displays.
If you chose a solid quilt, then it’s safe to go with a patterned duvet. But if you chose a patterned quilt, stick to a solid duvet or one with a simple pattern (like the blue/white ticking stripe duvet shown above). It’s okay to mix patterns as long as the colors coordinate or compliment one another.
duvet: Pottery Barn – Painterly Paisley (no longer available)
euro shams: Pottery Barn – Isabelle Tufted Voile Shams in porcelain blue
king pillow shams: Pottery Barn – Pick-Stitch sham in white
throw pillow: Smile Pillow in Yellow by HoneyPieDesign on Etsy
4. PILLOW SHAMS & PILLOW INSERTS:
Lots of pillows are essential in making your bed look cozy and inviting. In my opinion, the more pillows, the better.
First of all, make sure you get the right pillow inserts. Nothing looks sloppier than a pillow sham that’s too big for its’ insert, which leaves the sham looking saggy and wrinkled. Measure your shams and get the right size inserts to fill them. The best looking inserts are down-filled and while they can be a bit spendy, they will always make your pillows look plump and inviting.
Again, there are no rules when it comes to choosing pillows but an easy rule of thumb is to match standard or king pillows to your duvet and euro shams to your quilt or coverlet (as shown below).
5. THROW PILLOWS:
Don’t be afraid to go bold with throw pillows. They are a great way to mix things up by bringing in additional pattern and color. Throw pillows are inexpensive and can be easily swapped out for a quick change.
I know that may have been a lot of info to absorb, so to help simplify it all, I created an easy visual guide.