We’ve all seen those fluffy, perfectly styled, comfy as hell lookin’ beds in editorials and on Pinterest. And while they are totally swoon worthy it may be just out of reach if you are not quite sure of the ingredients that make these beds so inviting. And let’s be honest, most of us just want it to be cozy and suitable for burying ourselves in while we hide from our problems. But a thoughtful bed design can make a room feel mature and polished so that in our obligatory awake hours we can confidently fake adulthood until that glorious moment when it’s time for bed again. (I swear we are in our 30s and not 80s… but sleep tho) So let’s break down the steps to a well-appointed bed so that we may all be armed with the tools to pretend we have our shit together.
Start With a Great Bed and Use it as The Anchor
A great bed (or at least headboard) is the best jumping off point for a convincing grown-up bed and possibly the most important investment for any bedroom.
Of course there’s no shortage of sexy antique and vintage options.
And let’s not forget platform beds. These headboardless and pared down beds can be styled with a more simple and minimalist affect.
Bedding Should Complement, Not Necessarily Match
Something almost as important as having a great bed is never, we repeat, NEVER buying a bed-in-the-bag. Being too matchy-matchy is a cardinal sin in the bedding world. Bed-in-the-bag sets aren’t refined. Bed-in-the-bag sets aren’t cool. You’re better than a lame, perfectly matched bedding set from Kohls, believe us.
So if you have an awesome bed, but no clue how to coordinate your bedding… Just know that a little pattern mixing goes a long way!
If your bed is pretty simple or neutral, bedding can highlight the spirit of the furniture design itself and bring it out in a bolder expression.
Texture/ Pattern/ Color
Remember these three magic guidelines when trying to add interest in details like throw pillows and throw blankets. If you already have a lot of color going on and you are not sure you want to introduce any more, focus on textural contrast like flokati or velvet or even leather.
If you have a lot of neutrals going on, introduce a complementary color to add a little life.
And you can always use pattern to break out of the mold a little.
Layers are the key to making a bed feel thoughtful. You want your sheets, shams, blankets, throws, and accent pillows to work together as a team. Otherwise your bed can end up looking flat and kinda sad.
While the above image is a wonderful guideline, we have one disclaimer……
Easy on the Damn Pillows (if that ain’t you)
Some of you might be reading this, thinking, “Let’s just stop with the 124 pillows on the bed.” And we can agree with that. Sometimes less is more. We all know it’s annoying to remove what seems like 6.1 billion pillows from your bed each and every night. Too many pillows can make beds look cumbersome and unrestrained, like you just can’t decide or have a serious pillow-buying problem.
It’s all a personality thing. You’ll know if you can’t handle a bazillion pillows on your bed, or if you’re someone who needs a zillion pillows on the bed.
If you can’t fathom not having a ton of pillows for your bed, pick a few and rotate them out if you miss the others. Keep them in your closet and visit them every day. We won’t tell.
And if you really, really can’t live without the bed covered in pillows, then go you. You’re an inspiration to the less patient of us, as long as you don’t have an Along Came Polly moment.
Balancing Pieces: Lighting, Bedside Tables, Foot Bench, Art
And lastly, think about your bed from a holistic view. It is obviously an anchor because of its size but what is its relationship to the rest of the room? Don’t just let your beautiful bed float out in space without interacting with the other pieces on its team. Define its relationship to the room with art and complementary furniture pieces that it depends on for functionality.
What’s your favorite bed style? Antique wood? Tufted headboard? Metal canopy? Let us know in the comments what the bed of your dreams looks like.