The secret to making a bed that looks put together by a decorator is all in the way you:
1. Layer texture
2. Balance color
First, decide on the base color of your bedding. This color will be the bed’s main color theme. I like to work with white as my base color because it’s crisp, easy to clean and simple to switch up for the holidays . If you’d like a warmer color go with something in the greige family- a combination of a brown gray. If you’re looking to go bold, try a dark navy. Note: the base color of your bedding needs to compliment the wall color of your room.
Next, choose your accent color. Typically, I like to work with no more than 1-2 accent colors because it keeps things simple on the eye. It’s easiest to add accent colors in bed accessories like pillows and blankets. Think of an accent color as the jacket, belt , hat and/or shoes to your own personal outfit. When wearing a black blouse and a pair of black pants, it would look super cute to toss in a leopard print belt and heels. The accent color brings in the wow factor!
Now that you have decided on your base color begin layering with texture in shades of the same color. Start by adding in pops of accent color, but keep it simple. An accent color, whether you pick one or two, should be just that…an accent. Overdoing your accent color is overwhelming and messy.
Here’s how you make your bed:
Sticking with my white color theme I chose a soft white 700 thread count cotton sheet set from Pottery Barn. The sheet set washes really well, but most of all it feels so good. Once your fitted sheet is on your mattress place your flat sheet face down and about 1″ above the top of the mattress.
The blanket (or quilt) will take up large amount of visual space and, therefore, plays an important role in balancing texture. I will talk more about the selection of texture in the 4th line item, The Duvet. I chose to pair my soft plain sheet set with Pottery Barn’s textured Diamond Organic Blanket. Place your blanket face up beginning just 1″ below the flat sheet. Now, fold both the flat sheet and the blanket over, showing off the face of the flat sheet and any border design it may have . Fold it down just enough to give a little space to show off your fitted sheet (about 16″) and allow for your pillows to sit.
For a king bed I like to stack three euro shams tall against the headboard to give added height. If your bed doesn’t have a headboard, the euro shams will act as your headboard. If your guest bed hosts a queen or full bed you will only need two euros shams. In this room I have hidden the standard pillows that my guests sleep on behind the euros. You’ll see in the picture above that I also layered two 24″ pillows in front of my solid white Pottery Barn PB sateen euros. These are both white, but unlike the solid sateen texture of the euro shams, the 24″ pillows have a soft and subtle texture, resulting in a more visually appealing bed.
There is more than one way to layer a bed. In this guest bedroom I match my duvet cover to the euro shams. I fold the fluffy duvet into thirds and place it at the end of the bed. This creates a “footboard-like” look, notably defining the end of the bed. Because my duvet cover and shams are a soft white flat sateen it was important that my blanket (or quilt) have texture for added interest. Take a close look at the picture above and focus on just the white pieces. At the top there are three solid white sateen euro shams, layered with 2 white soft lightly textured 24″ pillows, a chevron print heavy cotton blanket, followed by a solid white sateen duvet cover. While each of these pieces share the same color they all have their own personal texture, therefore creating an artistic interest.
If you want to add color then this is the time to do it. I found this really fun pillow at Arhaus. I love its little circle shaped cut-outs of fabric in rainbow colors. Additionally, you’ll notice that the base color of the pillow is white, which is why this pillows plays well with the white bedding. Finally, I layered the white duvet cover with a chenille blanket in a light grayish blue hue to match the light blue wall color and the dark gray velvet Arhaus headboard.
Making your guest bedroom look and feel like it came right out of a magazine is easy. I hope these designer secrets helped you. Happy housekeeping!