November 18

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.

Oh hi, this is my bedroom. Ok JK no it isn't. But I did use this pic for inspiration.

Oh hi, this is my bedroom. Ok JK no it isn’t. But I did use this pic for inspiration.

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.

My heaven.

My heaven.

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.

velvets + flannel + silks

velvets + flannel + silks

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:

  1. 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.

    Velvet + Silk + Velvet + Cotton

    Velvet + Silk + Velvet + Cotton

  2. 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.

    Blues, greens and ivory.

    Blues, greens and ivory.

  3. 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:
    1. Sheet (duh, mine are Target). The sheets should be tucked up all the way through the side of the bed.
    2. A light blanket that stays tucked in, and then the top is folded over a duvet (see the white Target Threshold blanket).
    3. A fluffy down comforter in a duvet (grey flannel from West Elm), folded about 1/3 of the way down the bed.
    4. A colored light blanket to drape over the base of the bed (Anthropologie deep turquoise blanket).
    5. A soft throw to pull the bed together (enter faux sheepskin from West Elm).
      layering close up

      layering close up

      I also followed this layering formula for my guest room.

      I also followed this layering formula for my guest room.

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!

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Sheets: Target Threshold Performance Sheet Set in Global Pattern

Blanket: Target (similar here)

Duvet Cover: West Elm, Flannel Duvet Cover

Faux Sheepskin Throw: West Elm Faux Fur Sheepskin Oversize Throw in Ivory

Base Blanket: Anthropologie, no longer available but similar here and here

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)