How to Style your Bed with Designer Lisa Yates

Along with her incredible talent for design, you could say Senior Designer, Lisa Yates is a custom bedding guru. As she often tells her clients, a well-styled bed pulls the bedroom together from an aesthetic standpoint, creating an inviting centerpiece for one of the most intimate spaces in your home. From the smallest bedding details, to the entire bedroom space, Lisa takes care to ensure each piece is thoughtfully chosen, inspiring, and personal to her clients.

While, at first glance, the bed seems like a straightforward piece to style, choosing the components to create the perfect bed can quickly become an overwhelming task, especially when designing custom bedding. 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 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 thread count, but, the type of weave and quality of the cotton or other materials used is usually more important . Linen sheets have become 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! I often recommend classic white sheets, but sheets can also be a great place to have fun with colors and patterns.

Step 3: The Duvet and Blanket
Try layering your duvet with a cozy blanket or coverlet. Experiment with layering or mix it up by trying out different patterns and textures - having both allows you to layer up (or down!) overnight as the temperature changes. I love how a duvet folded at the foot of the bed gives the room 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.


Ultimately, your bed should be a reflection of your style and comfort needs. If you can’t wait to dive into your dreamy retreat at the end of the day, you know you’ve done it right.

Get to know Lisa more from our Q&A conversation where we dive deep into her design process, hear about her award-winning project, and how her personal approach shines through her stunning designs.


Collective Design Group is an award-winning interior design firm serving Vail Valley, Summit County, Winter Park and surrounding areas.