INTERIOR 101 - Bed Dressing

Interior Design; Bed; Styling

Ever wondered how show homes and hotels make their beds look irresistible and ooze sophistication? It is actually simple and takes only a few steps to recreate the look at home. Follow the below steps, and for a few extra minutes in the morning it takes to make a bed, it will make you feel like you're returning to your very own show home after a long day in the office.
 

 

 

The Basics
Oxford Pillow Case
European Square Pillowcase
Duvet Cover
Flat Sheet
Fitted Sheet

The Finishing Touches
Accent Cushions
Bedspread
Throw

 

 
The White Company

The White Company

Oxford Pillow Case


For a touch of luxury, rather than opting for a normal pillowcase, the additional loose flat hem on oxford pillow cases adds detail to your bedding.
 

West Elm

West Elm

European Square Pillowcase

A 65cm x 65cm pillowcase is often propped up at the back of pillows, against the headboard as seen in hotels, however a personal preference is to use these infront of your pillow arrangement. The large size is a bit more dramatic for a strong statement. Often opt for 2 of these on Double or King beds and 3 for a Super King.
 

th2 Designs

th2 Designs

Accent Cushions

Used to bring colour and pattern to bedding, accent cushions are great for adding layers to a bed. If used to accompany European Square Pillows as above, then two accent cushions are more than sufficient. However, if you are only planning on using accent cushions then feel free to experiment with their sizing (often larger cushions kept behind, with smaller infront) and quantity. You can have 2, 3, 4 or 5 accent cushions on a bed, keeping the lower quantity numbers to Doubles and larger numbers to Kings and Super Kings.
 

Amara

Amara

Duvet Cover


A plain coloured duvet cover gives you  a backdrop to work with. Plain neutrals are personal preferences as they are the easiest colours to work with, however if you're after more vibrancy and personality feel free to experiments with some colour and pattern for a more personal approach.



Flat Sheet


To add layers to your bedding, a flat sheet used between a covered mattress and a duvet is great at giving you a layered look as well as to introduce a secondary colour palette, helping break up the solid colour of the duvet. Feel free to experiment with different shades of the same colour for a more subtle finish, or a complimentary colour finish for a more vibrant finish.

Fitted Sheet


A necessity in bedding, fitted sheets help protect mattresses from being soiled. Plain neutrals are a preference as it's fuss free allowing other elements of your bedding to show through. 

Studio Ashby

Studio Ashby

Bedspread


Colour, pattern and/or texture are best added through bedspreads. They make your bedding look sophisticated and give it a more hotel vibe. 

House of Sui Sui

House of Sui Sui

Throw


The finishing touch to styling a bed (although this can be skipped) is by draping a throw on your bed. Often seen in show homes, it's a small touch of sophistication that helps complete the look. 

Have fun incorporating the above elements to have your own hotel-like bed styling. Don't be afraid to experiment with colour, pattern and texture for your own touch of personality, however keep in mind that for a sophisticated approach, ben linen is best kept neutral and fuss free.