How to Style your Bed with Lisa Yates
Along with her general talent for design, you could say Senior Designer Lisa Yates is a custom bedding guru. From the smallest details, to the entire bedroom space, every piece is thoughtfully chosen, inspiring, and personal.
While, at first glance, the bed seems like a fairly straightforward piece to style, choosing the many components of custom bedding can quickly become an overwhelming task. Lisa breaks the process down in manageable steps, complete with styling tips, to put together a picture-perfect, comfortable bedding ensemble.
Step 1: The Bedding Basics
Those items that aren’t “front and center” are just as important to the overall comfort of your bed. Start with a mattress pad and pillow protectors. Both of these items will extend the life of your mattress, bedding, and sleeping pillows, and will also help to keep allergens at bay.
Step 2: The Sheets
Thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch. Generally, the higher the thread count, the softer the sheet, and the more likely it will wear well or even soften over time. Good sheets range anywhere from 200 to 800, but in reality, the type of weave and quality of the cotton or other materials used makes a much bigger difference than the thread count number. Linen sheets are increasingly popular, given the recent trend of the more “unmade” bed look. It wears beautifully over time and is very breathable, but if you’re not of fan of wrinkles, be sure to invest in a steamer! While I will often recommend classic white sheets, this is also a great place to have some fun with colors and patterns.
Step 3: The Duvet and Blanket
Try layering your duvet with a cozy blanket or coverlet. Have fun with the layering and mix it up for a different look by trying out different patterns and textures. Having both allows you to layer up (or down!) overnight as the temperature changes. I personally love how a duvet folded at the foot of the bed gives the space an overall feeling of warmth and coziness.
Step 4: Pillows
Start with stacking your sleeping pillows on top of each other against the headboard, then place larger decorative pillows in front of those. You can add more pillows by working your way forward with smaller sizes. This is another place to play with color and pattern. Start with your favorite and use it as the anchor piece. Choose additional pillows with similar color tones. You can add multiple patterns and textures, as long as they’re all in the same general color palette.