Beautiful Bedding: The Best-Dressed List

These beds on have one thing in common: luxe linens that help create an inviting - dare we say dreamy? - master suite retreat.
By: Amanda Lecky

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Creme de la Creme

In this soft and creamy master bedroom, bedding in a restrained mix of pale blue and ivory imparts an atmosphere of peace and calm. "We like to think of the master suite as a retreat from your everyday life,” says designer Lauren Muse. “We tend to focus on tranquil, soothing colors and natural breathable fabrics."

Neutral Elegance

You don’t need color to create interest. Case in point: this sophisticated, monochromatic master bedroom, where subtle variations in tone and rich texture add richness. “Layering various sizes and shapes of textured white pillows on the bed lends a serene, resort-like quality,” says design consultant Lisa Pearson of Jacqueline Glass & Associates.

Plum Perfect

Gray-based purple is a current designer darling for bedroom walls and linens. It’s as soothing as the more spa-like shades of pale blue and green, but it imparts a slightly more dramatic air to the space. Of the linens in this room, designer, Jodie Rosen says, “We’d purchased the bed first, and our intention was to pair it with a very simple neutral linen. But when we found this amazing print from Dwell Studio, the white of the print worked perfectly with the fabric of the bed. Then, we used a black lampshade to pull out the dark outline of the pattern.”

Tailored Touches

A tight palette of gray, blue and black gave this waterfront room a sleek, modern look. When shopping for bedding, designer Donna Benedetto offers this money-saving tip: “If you’re on a budget, it’s fine to buy coverlets and duvets off the rack. But spring for a custom bedskirt if you can: The quality and the way they hang just can't compare. Using store-bought Euro shams can work well, but spend the money to do one or two custom pillows. In the end you will have a completely custom look within your budget.”

Balancing Act

In a room with bold architectural or decorative elements, bedding may need to take a back seat, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be luxurious or shouldn’t be carefully chosen. “Here, the bedding's purpose was to be simple and subtle to let the wall speak for itself,” says designer Nina Magon. “The quilt's soft gray color ties into the paint color as well as providing a clean yet textured characteristic in order to tie in with the industrial concept.”

Natural Beauty

In a room that’s all about natural texture—grasscloth covers the soaring wall behind the bed; oak flooring lends warmth on the floor—it makes sense for the bedding to add another layer of tactile pleasure, but only small doses of neutral color. “We wanted this space to have a natural, light, clean feeling,” says designer Tineke Triggs.

Exotic Influence

Inspired by the colors of an Indian sari, designer Robin Pelissier mixed a range of patterns in shades of lavender and blue to create a look that’s luxurious and personal. “We wanted the homeowner to feel like a queen,” she says. “We looked at pictures of Indian-inspired wedding dresses to create this richly-detailed space.”

Serenity Now

A quiet color palette and rich fabrics create a master suite that’s nothing if not soothing. “We mixed luxury ready-made bedding with a hand-embroidered duvet and custom-made decorative pillows,” says designer Fran Karsh. “Our goal was to create a simple yet sophisticated feeling and a calm atmosphere.”

Everyday Glamour

To give this master bedroom an infusion of Hollywood chic, designer Jennifer Leonard layered rich patterns and textures on the bed. Adding “jewelry” was the piece de resistance, she says. “The accent pillows have elegant embroidery and glass beading,” she notes. These are the finishing touches that lend a hint of sparkle and shine.

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