Have you ever walked by a storefront and seen a bed in the window that was so magnificent in grandeur that it made you wonder, how on earth could I create a bedroom masterpiece like that in my own home? Well, it’s really quite simple.
Just as a lady puts together an outfit with different layers, such as the dress, the shawl, the accessories and shoes, dressing a bed is very similar…..it requires layering, layering, layering!
Refer to photo to begin. First, start with the sheeting, which includes the flat sheet (A), fitted sheet (B) and pillow cases (C). Most likely all of these pieces will match and are within the same pattern. They tend to be very basic, but enhance the top of the bed components, such as the duvet cover, shams and coverlet. Remember, the sheeting is the most personal part of the entire ensemble because these are the pieces that touch the body throughout the night. So make sure they are comfortable and a dream to sleep against.
Next, layer on a coverlet or matelasse (D). Coverlets are available in a variety fabrics, weights, colors and styles. Selecting the “right” one is a matter of personal preference. From quilted silks to cottons with scalloped edging, a coverlet is a great way to add depth to the bedding ensemble. If using patterned duvet covers and shams, a coordinating solid color piece is the perfect way to break up bold and busy patterns.
The duvet cover (http://www.pioneerlinens.com/DuvetCover) (E) and shams, even though they are added closer to the end when dressing a bed, are probably the inspiration for the entire look. They are usually in the same pattern and tie together the entire ensemble. While placing the duvet cover at the foot of the bed with a lofty down comforter inside evokes the feeling of relaxation and comfort, the shams are what adds the height to the bed.
From European shams (F), which are larger square pillows placed against the headboard to the boudoir shams (G), which are smaller travel size pillows that add the decorative touch, shams will provide additional dimension to the bed. The more pillows used on a bed, the more elegant and luxurious of a feel is created.
Most bed frames nowadays are very decorative and do not require bedskirts (http://www.pioneerlinens.com/BedSkirt). However, a bedskirt (H), or dust ruffle, is a great way cover unsightly box spring. Usually very clean and basic in style, bedskirts can match either the sheeting or the duvet cover and shams and create a more tailored look for the bed.
Finally, adding the finishing touches to a bed is where people can be a little creative and daring. Throwing on a couple beaded or embroidered decorative pillows (I) is like putting on a fun pair of earrings or bracelet that just complete a great outfit. A throw (http://www.pioneerlinens.com/SofaThrow) or afghan (J) placed at the foot of the bed is another great way to accessorize. A throw is also a very practical item and easy to grab when reading a favorite book or magazine in bed.
By following these five simple steps, creating a designer-looking bed is not only entertaining but easily attainable.
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