Creating a Picture Perfect Bed
I’m not a master decorator by any means. I don’t really know anything about interior design, and I can’t even really tell you what my “style” is – I just SORT OF know what I like. Even then, I typically get overwhelmed by choices, tend to be disappointed in results, and then want to change things 3 weeks after I’ve bought them.
Surely there’s some kind of “technical” interior design word for this, but when I embark on designing a room, I go based off more of how I want to feel in the room rather than knowing exactly what I want it to look like. For example, in my kitchen, I want to feel clean and inspired – this means developing a bright, clutter-free space with a few special objects that stand out. I want guests to feel cozy in my living room – this might mean making sure I have comfortable, nap-ready furniture, and plenty of side tables/ottomans to set glasses of wine down.
When it came to my master bedroom, I decided that I wanted to feel luxurious and relaxed. I love the idea of having a master bedroom act as an every day mini-retreat; a room that is reserved for going to sleep and waking up, and both starting and ending your day on an elevated note.
However, in the past, when I’ve put together bedding and bedspreads and pillows, etc, the finished product has always been a little more West Side than West Elm. So this time around, I really took my time, kept my main motives in mind, and took MANY MANY notes from West Elm, Restoration Hardware, Pinterest, and more. If you’re interested in any thing I used, I am listing everything out at the very bottom of this post with all of the links included.
Here my best three tips for creating a luxurious, catalogue-ready bed:
- Add Texture: When I decided I wanted “everyday luxury” to be a theme of my bed, I knew that I wanted to incorporate some rich fabrics: velvet, fur, and silk (oh my!). Having a variety of textures on your bedding landscape adds depth visually, but also gives your skin something nice to touch. The trick here is to mix textiles without going overboard. A few highlights that I added include some silk white shams from West Elm, velvet oversized pillows from Target, and a soft flannel bedspread from West Elm.
- Keep it in the (Color) Family: In the past, most of my beds have been stuck in a very strict, two-dimensional, matchy-matchy color palate. Red and white. Grey and blue. When creating this color palate, I decided to be more inclusive of a variety of blues and greens that were different shades, but the same base color. Think of it like looking at a paint chip at a hardware store: anything on the same paint chip will work together. When you allow yourself to combine a few different shades of the same color, the bedding looks less one-dimensional, and more effortless.
- It’s all about the Layering: Enter a lifetime of confusion as to why my bed never looked like the ones on the Restoration Hardware floor. When I made over this bed, I was determined to figure it out. I literally made notes in a little notebook of the designs I liked best on the West Elm website, broke down each layer, and thought through how every layer would relate to the bigger picture. Especially if you are a person that shies away from a lot of color in your bedding, adding a lot of layers will help to create the warmth and depth that gives off a cozy, rich vibe. I realized that in order to have a bed like in the pictures, you need several layers:
- Sheet (duh, mine are Target). The sheets should be tucked up all the way through the side of the bed.
- A light blanket that stays tucked in, and then the top is folded over a duvet (see the white Target Threshold blanket).
- A fluffy down comforter in a duvet (grey flannel from West Elm), folded about 1/3 of the way down the bed.
- A colored light blanket to drape over the base of the bed (Anthropologie deep turquoise blanket).
- A soft throw to pull the bed together (enter faux sheepskin from West Elm).
Here are some more bedroom layering inspo pics. Remember, you can also mix high and low to stay budget friendly. Although I splurged on a few things (the small green velvet pillows and sheepskin from West Elm), I stuck to Target & Bed Bath and Beyond for the basic sheets and down comforter to save on those items. Enjoy!
MY MASTER BEDROOM:
Blanket: Target (similar here)
Duvet Cover: West Elm, Flannel Duvet Cover
Faux Sheepskin Throw: West Elm Faux Fur Sheepskin Oversize Throw in Ivory
Euro Size Pillows: Target Fieldcrest Luxury Velvet Decorative Pillow
King Shams: West Elm, no longer available but similar here
Small Square Pillows: West Elm Luster Velvet Pillow Cover in Regal Blue
Center Decor Pillow: Anthropologie (similar here)