Layer Bedding for a Designer Look

Layering bedding adds a fun pop to your bedroom. Mix bold colors and fun patterns to create your own design style.
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November 25, 2014

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Combine Patterns

Black and white bedding becomes a focal point in this bright white midcentury-modern bedroom. The bedding complements the artwork on the wall behind the bed as well as the checked curtains.

Go Bold

Everything needn't be matchy-matchy. Instead, play with the scale of your patterns and mix in bold colors. For instance, if you have a large print on your duvet, choose a smaller geometric print or stripes for the accent pillows. Repeat a bright color, such as yellow, from the duvet in accessories.

Opt for Custom Bedding

Sometimes it's hard to find just the right, mass-produced bedding. So skip the store and create custom bedding inspired by a favorite fabric. For example, an expensive patterned silk damask can be the starting point, paired with solid, textured fabrics that are much less expensive. Sewing your own duvet is actually quite easy, or nearly any neighborhood seamstress or tailor can do it for you.

When making the bed, folding back the duvet to reveal a quilted silk coverlet lends a soft, inviting feel.

Add a Playful Element

A ready-made duvet set will look anything but ordinary if you know how to mix it up. This duvet and sham set is given a high-end update with the addition of simple, hotel-style Euro shams with coordinating embroidered stripes. A small, graphic pillow ups the room's whimsical attitude and makes it a touch less girly.

Pile on the Pillows

A king-size bed is especially cushy with the addition of pillows. This beige bed gets a colorful update from layers of blue and red-orange pillows in fun floral and check prints.

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