If you want a home that’s perfectly designed and feels like a personal sanctuary, don’t sleep with an upgraded bed. From sheets and comforters to pillows and quilts, there are plenty of ways to add visual interest to a room where you actually spend most of your time.
The key: apply it thickly and use textures, patterns and colors as you layer your textiles. Since this is a space designed to be tailored to your personal preferences, focus on how each piece actually feels. Whether you love the crispness of tulle or are interested in super soft brushed cotton, we’ve got items from The Home Depot – all available online – to help you create the bed of your dreams.
Here’s how to put together a bed so you can indulge in your favorite pastime.
Choose the sheet set that suits you
Comfort is paramount when choosing sheets, but there is no right or wrong choice – it all comes down to personal preference.
What made you dive right into the bed? A smooth, luxurious satin finish? The light and comfortable look of linen? The comfort of flannel? Or the cool, clean feel of a washed-softened khmer suit? If you’re not sure, try a few different styles before trying multiple styles.
Another big decision: top or non-top? Some people leave it outside to eliminate the extra layer of making the bed. But when you fold the top sheet (whether a solid color or a fun pattern) over the quilt, it adds an extra visual element that makes your bed look like a freshly made hotel bed. It also stays clean longer by protecting your duvet or duvet.
Pay attention to the color
Mixing shades keeps the look in line with the rest of your decor. “When it comes to sheets, I like to choose the least dominant color in the room, and then just a little more,” says Liz Caan, founder of Massachusetts-based interior design firm Liz Caan & Co. “I make sure that the sheets and the duvet or quilt cover are the same color, and then I generally like to put a quilt or blanket in the middle, which is calmer, more neutral, and firmer.
You can also try a more monochromatic look by pairing bedding with different shades from the same color family. Or opt for a double-sided duvet like this muslin gauze set, which comes in two different complementary shades so you can change the look to suit your mood.
Select main cover
When it comes to your quilt, there are plenty of options. Once you’ve chosen your preferred cover – cotton, silk or polyester blend – you can choose the insert. While down is the most traditional, creating a fluffy, cloud-like feel, allergy sufferers may prefer synthetic batting or more natural wool or silk alternatives.
In any case, it’s best to choose a padding one size larger than the duvet cover itself (ie, a king-size insert in a large duvet cover) for extra padding I-live-in-one – keep it 5-star Resort feel. You also get that drapey catalog look as you grow taller — interior decorators and designers often choose a quilt or comforter that’s purposely oversized so it falls to the floor, eliminating the need for a bed skirt demand.
Add texture accents
Throwing is an easy way to spice up your sleeping area. Consider an Egyptian quilt or a thick knit draped at the end of the bed, reminiscent of cozy mornings in bed with coffee.
But throwing isn’t the only way to dress up ordinary sheets. “If you’re using regular sheets, add a matelassé or hand-stitched quilt to the mix,” advises Caan. “[Try] cotton blankets in the summer and wool or cashmere in the winter. Linen sheets are also great and go well with linen-blend blankets.”
You can add texture to the headboard by stacking pillows made of sheepskin, linen or velvet on top, or with a bold design (see: this graphic print).
Consider this cohesive look for extra motivation to make your bed in the morning or make time for a nap.