Our Best Bed Styling Tips

A few years ago, a speech by Navy Admiral William McRaven went viral. The video clip features McRaven touting the benefits of bed-making. He says that if you want to change your world, start by making your bed every morning. In order to make an impact, you have to master the small stuff first. If you haven’t seen it yet, give it a watch here. Most of us probably already do this small task (aside from the occasional times where we oversleep). But mornings are often stressful, so when it comes to making your bed, you probably stick to the bare minimum. Simply pulling the covers up over your pillows counts as making your bed, but the end result may be a little boring. If you’re interested in taking some extra time to create an ultra-welcoming bed to crawl into each night, check out our best bed styling tips below.

Choose A Color Palette

To create a well-styled bed, it’s best to begin with a color palette. If you need some help choosing a color scheme for your bedroom, check out our post on applying color theory to your home decor. Choosing a color palette is a good launching point for styling not just your bed but also your whole space. Some experts say that neutral tones are best for beds, but we say go with whatever feels right for you.

Try A Headboard

There are several types of headboards available, each offering different perks. But no matter what kind of headboard you choose, it will help to create a more stylish look for your bed. If you like to read or hang out while in your bed, consider buying or making your own cushioned headboard. Other options include brass or wood, though they won’t offer the same comfort that a cushion will provide.

Embrace Layers

One of the keys to creating a well-styled bed is to embrace layers. Utilizing multiple textures and fabrics will help create a dynamic look for your bedspread. Layers also help create a comforting vibe — the more blankets you pile onto a bed, the more enticing it is to lay down and take a snooze. Try mixing quilts, blankets or throws to achieve an aesthetically pleasing layered look.

Fold The Top Sheet

When you’re in a hurry, you probably don’t take the time to fold over your top sheet and blanket. You may even just skip putting the top sheet altogether. Put folding over your top sheet is one of the best bed styling tips out there. It’s a small detail, but when it comes to bed styling, details are everything. You’ll want to make your bed the sheet wrong-side-up so that when you fold it over, the right side is showing. Folding over the top sheet and blanket will create that polished, “chic” look that you’re aiming to achieve with a well-put-together bed. Don’t skip this step.

Use Pillow Shams

Well-styled beds often utilize pillow shams instead of standard pillowcases. Pillow shams are another small detail you can add to your bedspread to make it look more inviting. You can often find shams that match your sheets, but feel free to mix and match if you’d prefer to play around with your options. Just be sure to stick with your color scheme. Another benefit to shams is that they come in a variety of materials and are often textured, which will help you achieve a dynamic look for your bed.

Pile On The Pillows

Pillows are the exclamation point of bedspreads. They add that final touch that takes your bed from “blah” to beautiful. For a well-styled bed, we recommend using throw pillows in addition to the pillows you actually use for sleeping. Throw pillows are for decoration-only, but they’re essential if you want to create a look that’s magazine-worthy. Throw pillows come in many different colors, textures, prints and shapes, so it’s easy to find a few that fit your style.



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