The bed, it’s the highlight of your bedroom, and we spend a significant amount of time in it. Why not make it a sanctuary of comfort and sustainability? The new year is a perfect time for change – to update your look, freshen the linens and switch to organic bedding. Head to any linens department and prepare to be baffled as you’re bombarded with dust ruffles, duvets, shams in all shapes and sizes and dozens of different types of sheets. Well, we’ve got you covered, and with a terrific bedding sale going on, we’ve made it easy to step into sustainable slumber.
The Layered Look
Look at any bedding picture and you see an inviting scene – a bed piled with softness, that’s just begging you to climb in for a long nap. The layered look has broken out of its former constraints within country and traditional décor and crossed into bold new territory. Even modern décor can embrace the layered look, and it’s oh so easy to achieve!
- Start with a simple fitted and top sheet and matching pillow cases. These can be white, or colored, but keep patterns simple.
- Top it off with a blanket or duvet. Here is where you can choose to add color and texture, or keep the color neutral and add texture alone.
- Fold the top quarter of your sheet and quilt down past your pillow cases – no more tucking them all up and in! You’ve just created visual interest and an inviting break in the pattern.
- Add layer one of decorative pillows. Choose pillows and shams that are sized for your bed, or go for euro shams. These should coordinate with your duvet; they do not have to match exactly. These go behind your regular pillows, against the headboard.
- Add layer two of decorative pillows. Think throw pillows, bolsters and other decorative pillows. Odd numbers, or an unmatched pair will give you a more modern look, while matched pairs look more traditional. These should coordinate with, but absolutely not match, the duvet, and they go in front of your regular pillows.
- Fold up an additional duvet, blanket or throw that contrasts with your duvet and lay it along the foot of your bed. Go neat and tidy for a streamlined look, or casually toss it in place for a more laid back approach.
Voila! You’re done. Remember to mix and match patterns and texture for maximum visual appeal. If you keep everything within a color family, and accent with pops of a contrasting color, you’ll create a pulled together look that’s inviting and attractive.
Need some help on all the terminology?
Dust Ruffle – AKA, Bed Skirt. It’s basically a decorative bit of fabric that goes between the mattress and box spring and covers the area to the floor.
Bedspread – The top covering on a bed. Which means, this can include duvets, blankets, coverlets, etc.
Comforter – AKA, Duvet. A thick, warm bed cover that usually hangs over the sides and is not tucked in. Usually down (especially when called a duvet), but also available in synthetics.
Coverlet – A woven spread used as a top cover for the bed. Usually hangs over the sides and is not tucked in.
Duvet Cover - A decorative, washable cover for a comforter or duvet.
Sateen – The fabric has a slight sheen and smooth finish in an elegant weave.
Percale – Has a velvety feel and irons to a “crisp” finish.
Jersey – Like a t-shirt, soft, stretchy and a little clingy.
Flannel – Has a soft, brushed nap for added softness and warmth.
PILLOWS AND SHAMS
Standard – 20” x 26”
Queen – 20” x 30”
King – 20” x 36”
Euro – 26” x 26”
Sure, there’s a lot more out there, but these are the basics. Add in decorative pillows and throws and you’ve pretty much got everything covered.