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Think back to the last time you checked into a really nice hotel. Chances are the bedding was one of the highlights of the hotel experience. One of the reasons why hotel bedding stands out is because of the way it’s styled. It’s a part of the luxurious experience a hotel provides for its guests. It’s intentionally inviting. Thankfully, you can recreate the same chic looks at home with your own bedding. It’s actually much easier than it looks. Try these ideas, and before long, you’ll enjoy a perfectly styled bed each time you walk into your bedroom.
1. Use Various Pillow Combinations
When you’re styling a bed, always remember that layers really matter in every facet of the process. This includes the pillows. Invest in a number of pillow styles. For starters, stack the pillows that you’ll actually use for sleeping. Make sure they support your neck and your head. Goose down pillows are famously comfortable and supportive. Invest in great goose down pillows, and replace them every year or two to promote the best sleep.
For an instantly sophisticated look, lay at least two euro shams on your bed. The number that looks best depends on the size of the bed. A California king bed will need more euro shams than a full-size bed. Don’t use more than two for a queen- or full-size bed because you don’t want it to look overcrowded. In front of the euro shams, add two smaller decorative pillows that match. Then, you can add more small throw pillows or a lumbar pillow to complete the look.
2. Invest in Great Sheets
Your sheets come into direct contact with your skin. The quality of your sheets can impact the quality of your sleep each night. Layer soft sheets in order to get the best experience. Bamboo, Egyptian cotton, and jersey knit are some beloved options to consider. The higher the thread count, the softer the sheets will be.
Always use a flat sheet with a fitted sheet. Once you place both on the bed, fold the top of the flat sheet back until it’s a third of the way down from the top of the bed. As you layer soft sheets, you’ll want to do the same with your comforter. Fold your comforter halfway down the bed. This step is essential because you’ll need room for all those decorative pillows.
3. Place Quilts on Top
As you continue the process of layering, find a great quilt that can go on top of the comforter. When it’s layered perfectly, it provides a different dimension to the bedding. The textures for quilts vary, so look for options that come in interesting fabrics and knits.
Soft duvets or quilts can showcase different colors as well. Consider chunky-knitted blankets, too. In addition to the pillows, these layers can help your bedding reflect your personal style.
4. Leave Some Sides of the Bed Untucked
When the sides of the bed look disheveled, it can bring down the appeal of the entire look. However, this step can be tricky. It’s best to tuck in certain sides. Don’t tuck in every single side for each layer. For the flat sheet, tuck in every single side. For the comforters and quilts, leave the sides untucked.
When you’re dealing with the foot of the bed, always remember that the comforter and quilts need to be tucked in. This will create the polished look most see in hotels. You should never see extra fabric hanging off of the foot of the bed. If the foot of the bed has its own board, tuck the bedding behind the board. Otherwise, let the sides hang out while the front gets tucked in.
5. Always Consider the Colors
Many people love the look of all-white bedding. In many hotels, it’s the look of choice. However, it’s fine to add some color to your bedding at home. When you’re dealing with colors, it’s best to make sure it flows with the color scheme that’s already in the room. If you’d like to keep the look neutral, try muted or classic tones of gray, blue, and cream.
Consider the hue of your headboard as you create your color scheme for the bed. If you’d like to add a pop of color for interest, use throw pillows in different shades. Most people like to switch out throw pillows from time to time. That means it’s not a pop of color you’re forced to commit to for the long haul.
6. Include Linen Water and Steam
If you really want to up the ante with a luxurious vibe, incorporate linen water and steam into your bedding ritual. You spend a third of your life under the covers, so this space needs to be clean and inviting. Spray linen water once you’ve made the bed to make sure it smells crisp and clean.
Use a handheld mini-steamer to freshen the sheets each night. Bacteria from sweat, allergens, and dead skin cells can collect on the sheets. Because these can be hard to see, a lot of people unknowingly sleep on dirty sheets on a consistent basis. By using a steamer, you’ll sanitize the sheets as steam removes 99% of all germs. You’ll also get rid of any wrinkles that make the bedding look sloppy and unkempt.
Keep in mind that the bed positioning matters. If chose to place one side of your bed against the wall, know that it’s challenging to make the bed in that position. Center the bed so that you can easily maneuver to both sides of it without a big fuss. By adopting these bed styling tips and positioning your bed correctly, you’ll create an inviting environment that’s hard to leave behind.