Make your bed…styled

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Didn’t your mother ever tell you to make your bed and you were always like, “but why, I am just going to sleep in it tonight”.  I know that thought has crossed my mind a time or two before.  In all honesty, making your bed first thing in the morning is actually a really positive and productive way to start the day.  As Naval Admiral William McRaven, the commander of U.S. Special Operations, put it best: “If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another,” he said. “By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”  Among other reasons, it helps keep the rest of the room tidy which can improve your mood and stress level.

So why not have a little fun with this chore and style your bed like a pro.  Here are some tips to achieve that styled bed that you see on Pinterest, Interior design blogs, etc… it really is easy once you know how.

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This layout shows you how many standard pillows, euro pillows, and throw/accent pillows you can use for the size of bed you are styling.  This guide is a great reference.  But remember, when styling, what makes it great is that you make it personal.


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Now let us move on to some pro tips and tricks:

  1. Make the bed with the flat sheet wrong side up and plenty of room at the top to fold over your top blanket or quilt
  2. Use a pair of large Euro square pillows to add height and texture.  A good pointer is to match the Euro shams to the duvet or quilt. When styling a king size bed use 3 Euro shams as listed in the layout above.
  3. Use pillow shams instead of pillowcases for a finished look.  Match them to your sheets or use them to layer in more color and texture.  When styling a king size bed use king-size shams and pillows.
  4. Using lots of layers (which is great for warmth depending on seasons) and adding a quilt or blanket is a must.  Place your duvet on top turned up, halfway down with the quilt laying flat or turned down over it.  Or fold your duvet into thirds at the foot of the bed.  You can introduce a new texture, color or pattern such as cotton or velvet.
  5. Use boudoir + throw pillows to layer in texture and color…think velvet, beaded, silk, embroidered or even furry.  Bolster pillows are a great option especially for king size beds.
  6. Add a soft throw blanket at the foot of the bed for a final touch.  This is a great way to break up the expanse of a bed.

Bonus tips:

  • For extra plush use two inserts into your duvet cover (or try using one size larger).
  • Add a featherbed beneath your fitted sheet for extra softness
  • If you really want to impress, try ironing your sheets.
  • Instead of putting all pillows upright, try laying a few flat and then resting Euro shams against and upright for height.  The look leaves the bed full and balanced.
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The look of layering:

The all-white bed is a summer classic, crisp and inviting all year long.  Remember to layer with texture to enhance the style.

The monochromatic bed is layering tonal versions of one color in different materials and textures.  This look is very sophisticated and can really pop.  For example, try linen sheets paired with a silk quilt and velvet duvet.  Adding small texture and pattern to the throw pillows.

The colorful bed a bright colorful bed is a cheery way to spruce up your bedroom.  If you choose a bold pattern or color for your duvet opt for solid or white sheets, and a few solid throw pillows to balance it out.

The soft patterned bed a way to make an impression is the duvet cover.  Choose a soft, mild pattern and then pick one color or neutral to use on the sheets and pillows.  Pump up texture with throw pillows and throw blankets.

Lastly, let me leave you with some styled bed inspo…

Hope you all have a great weekend!  Anything fun planned??  After all this bed talk, and exhaustion from my kiddos being home this summer I may just stay in bed…haha!




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