Beds take up lots of room in a bedroom. They not only take up lots of actual space, but visual space as well. That’s why a beautifully made bed can make the whole room look amazing! Designers know this and use bed linens to their maximum potential! A fabulously made bed can make the whole room appear updated and chic and beautiful, even if the rest of it is very ordinary! And layering bedding really amps the up the wow factor even more! Here are some tips and tricks for layering bedding like a designer! We can all do this!
Let’s start from the bottom up!
START WITH A BOTTOM FITTED SHEET
Start with the bottom layer…the fitted sheet. I like white because it looks fresh and crisp, is easy to clean and gives our eyes a rest from patterns and color. As you can see I don’t iron my bottom sheet. It goes pretty much straight from the dryer on to the bed. I like to use a little homemade linen spray, in a lavender citrus scent, to spray on the bottom sheet. I let it dry and then continue making the bed.
ADD A TOP SHEET
Put the flat sheet on the bed with the wrong side facing up. If possible pull it all the way up to the top of the mattress.
Make sure you have enough room at the top to fold the sheet over other blankets or a thin quilt or comforter. The fold of the sheet will be facing right side up and look pretty! And make sure you tuck the sheet in under the mattress at the bottom of the bed and make crisp hospital corners! If you like other blankets on your bed now’s the time to add them in thin layers. Tuck them in with the sheets.
Even though I don’t like to iron bed linens I will plug in the iron next to the bed (put a fluffy towel under it) and iron the top part of the flat sheet. It looks so much better when it’s folded over!
ADD A QUILT OR BEDSPREAD
Add a bedspread or quilt to your bed. Make sure the bottom of the quilt falls below the mattress and the top of the quilt is folded over at the top.
Then fold the sheet over the top of the quilt and tuck in at the sides of the bed.
Again, I love white. I think it plays so nicely with all bedding I choose! It’s easy to clean too! I forgo extra blankets because they are cumbersome and heavy. I prefer to layer my bedding with a down comforter in place of blankets.
MATCH STANDARD PILLOWS TO YOUR SHEETS
This is sorta a no brainer! Use the pillows that comes with your sheets.
MATCH EURO SHAMS OR DECORATIVE PILLOW SHAMS TO YOUR COMFORTER OR DUVET COVER
Use 2 Euro shams for a double or queen bed and 3 for a California King or King bed. Or use 2 standard pillow shams on a double bed. There are many ways to arrange bed pillows and decorative shams. I prefer to stand my bed pillows up against the bed and stand the pillow shams or euros in front of them.
There are so many gorgeous configurations for styling pillows on a bed. I tend to keep is simple but do use lots of pillows!
I love love love pillows so I use shams that match my quilt and my duvet.
FOLD A COMFORTER OR DUVET DOWN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BED
If you are using a feather duvet with a cover, take it off the bed and give is a few good punches with both hands. It’s important to “fluff your feather” to keep your duvet lofty and warm.
Make sure the end of the duvet cover or comforter falls below the mattress at the end of the bed.
Fold it in thirds like an accordion so all you have to do is pull up the top of the comforter or duvet and you can snuggle in!
If your comforter is only for “looks” you can double the duvet in the duvet cover for a very fluffy look! Many of the duvets we see in catelogs and online are doubled!
USE ACCENT PILLOWS
Now here’s where you can really play with color and texture and create a one-of-a-kind designer bedding look. Don’t miss this step! Embellish your bed with great throw pillows! Play with combinations and configurations! Change them up often!
If you like pillows as much as I do… invest in a big basket to put near your bed to throw your extra pillow into when you are using your bed.
ADD A NUBBY THROW
Throw a nubby blanket haphazardly at the end of the bed and let part of it spill onto the floor. Such drama! I think throws are such teases! They say, “Don’t you want to wrap yourself up in me and crawl into bed”? They add a welcoming layer!
ADD A BED TRAY OR A COUPLE OF BOOK ON TOP OF THE BED.
I have a bed tray that sits on top of our guest room bed. I embellish it when we are not expecting guest. It looks so pretty when I walk by the room!
When we have guests I stock it with current magazines and books I think my guests will like. My guests love a tray to have morning coffee on or use it for their computers, etc when they are in the bedroom.
There are so many ways to layer a bed for a designer look so get out your linens and make a beautiful bed!
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