Custom bedding can be costly and impractical, and bed-in-a-bag can look too contrived. But it is possible to achieve a beautiful, custom look by simply mixing and matching retail bedding. Often a bed with a custom look is layered with many elements: a duvet or comforter, a blanket or coverlet, a set of standard or king shams and a set of Euro shams. Here are a few simple steps to get a layered, tailored bed:
First, start by selecting your comforter or main pattern. Pottery Barn has great bedding to use as a starting point. Try their duvets and matching shams. They are beautiful, washable, and have wonderful color choices.
Second, select a color from the chosen duvet or comforter that you want to feature. Use this color for the blanket/coverlet and second set of shams. If you select a bright or unusual color, Pottery Barn or West Elm may be the best place to find these items to coordinate. However, if you select a more neutral tone to accent, such as khaki or crisp white, the big-box stores, such as Bed Bath and Beyond, will have the coverlet and shams at very budget friendly prices.
Third, select a complimentary neutral for your sheets and bedskirt, if needed. Keep them simple and solid and they will always feel fresh when you climb into bed. Bed Bath and Beyond has the Hotel Collection, which offers super soft sateen sheets at great prices.
When making the bed, fold the patterned duvet down to show off the coverlet or blanket, which should be neatly tucked in with the sheet. Next, layer the shams to show off the accent pattern. By having so many coordinating layers, your bed is sure to look custom, and no one has to know it was budget friendly!
Helpful tool: Pottery Barn online offers a ‘Bedding Tool’ demo, which allows you to mix and match their items – and see the combination you made before you buy it! http://www.potterybarn.com/shop/bedding/duvet-covers-shams/design-your-own-bed-duvets/
Splurge: Houston Residential Designer, Jennifer Meeks, states that she often scours local retail establishments to find her jumping off point for great bedding, and that “for a higher-end feel, I simply have shams custom made out of unique or expensive fabric. By saving on the major portion of the bedding, you can splurge for the high impact areas.”
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