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May 22nd, 2012

Layered Bedding Ideas

Kylie Minogue at HomeAs if you needed a pillowy nudge, a comforting invitation or a coverletted reason to spend more time in bed, but here it is anyways! Layered bedding ideas can be as varied as the style of your bedroom. While many different pieces are available to achieve the layered look, you don’t need to use all of them on one bed. In fact, the whole idea of layered bedding is to combine separate elements with a mix and match approach.


This is all about dream-worthy comfort, so choose soft fabrics with inviting textures for an elegant, pampering sleep space you will dream about throughout the day. Especially on a rainy spring day such as today. The world as seen from here is green and glistening, perfect for visualizing a bedding makeover! Can’t I please just curl up with a book and a cup of tea?


Here are the components you will need to create a layered bed:


  • Bed Skirt
  • Sheets
  • Pillow Shams
  • Pillows
  • Coverlets and Bedspreads
  • Quilt
  • Duvet
  • Throw


Bedding is one of the many ways you can establish the style or theme of your room. You can create different looks by adding or removing colourful pieces. White is always a good choice, but you can pick any colour for your sheets and pillows. Layer another set of pillows with shams in a hue that will contrast or complement your quilt or duvet and keep building with prints like floral, botanical, lattice, honeycomb, trellis, herringbone, damask and other geometric patterns. Look to stripes, polka dots, gingham and graphics to create visual interest that will balance the flourishes of the other patterns.


When working with colour, try to look at the room as a whole to see what colours you can add to the bedding that repeat elsewhere in the room. This will unify the space and give you some room to play with the existing colour scheme found in your art, furniture, collectibles and accessories.


Also check out the slideshow at Country Living for layered bedding ideas and Apartment Therapy has tips on how to pull it off too! Or go to Wallace Sacks to check out looks like the one pictured above.


Layered Bedding Ideas for Specific Looks


Hollywood Glam- Choose fabrics with a sheen like satin in pink or cream. Punctuate the look with graphic pillows in pink and cream with black features like monograms and ribboned edges.


Shabby Chic- Layer pristine white sheets with all white bedding. If you want colour, try adding a hint of gray, pink or mauve to mix with the varied textures in the white layers.


Country- Begin with small scale floral printed sheets and choose a quilt with pastel shades present in the sheets. A scalloped bed skirt will give the layered bed a flirty look which you can finish with a chunky knit wool throw in taupe or beige.


Modern- I love damask, so I would use a graphic damask duvet cover as a starting point. Tone on tone sheets with a very light trellis pattern in gray or oatmeal adds another element of pattern to the overall look. Finish this look with a bold colour like ruby, turquoise, grass green or lemon yellow.


Change the bedscape whenever the mood strikes you by changing out certain pieces. For instance, if you did not use a bed skirt, try adding one. You can also add new pillows and move the old ones to a reading chair or a bench at the end of your bed. Experiment always, dream forever and love your space!

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