Your bed is more than just a place to relax and rejuvenate; it’s quite literally the place where dreams are made. Make it even dreamier by dressing it in inviting layers that make it easy to surrender to slumber.
So how do you create that irresistible look – like the plush beds that you see in magazines and on showroom floors? Simply follow our step-by-step guide.
First create a great base for your bed, with the best sheets, good pillows and a comfy coverlet. Now what’s needed is the top layer, the delicious icing on the cake.
Begin with a great duvet cover and coordinating shams. First, fold the cover about halfway down the length of the bed and follow by folding the flat sheet and coverlet about one-quarter of the way. Lean two or three large Euro pillows upright against the headboard. These pillows act as a visual anchor—and lend perfect support for reading in bed.
Next, lean a pair of queen or king size bed pillows against the Euros. If buying these new, choose a construction (goose down, memory foam, etc.) and a firmness that correspond to your sleeping preference. Read our Home + Style article to find the pillow of your dreams.
For a more lavish look, arrange a set of standard-size shams against the bed pillows. These accent pillows add delectable dimension, particularly in luxe materials with beautiful embellishments.
Next, layer in pillows of assorted shapes and fabrics, from damask bolsters and velvety pintuck boudoirs to smooth squares and lumbars with ruffled flanges. These confections are easily switched out according to season (or whim) so don’t be afraid to go bold with beaded accents or trendy patterns.
Tip: When removing decorative pillows at bedtime, keep them neat and off the floor by setting them atop a tufted ottoman or bench at the foot of the bed.
Drape a throw across the foot of the bed. For a more casual look, toss it across one of the corners and let it cascade to the floor. Tip: A faux fur throw adds an irresistible touch of glamour and warmth.
On a designer bed, creating contrast is one of the keys. Play around with turning down sheets and coverlets at different lengths of your bed for added impact. Overlap pillows, set them at an angle or even stack them.
In the end, there really are no rules to dressing a bed. Think of it as your own personal layer cake. And now that you know how to create inviting layers, don’t just make your bed. Make it your own.