A Bed Ready for Royalty

A Bed Ready for Royalty

blog-image The blue polka dot drapery in this guest bedroom adds a pop of pattern that accents the bedding beautifully. Image courtesy Candace Plotz Design.

We spend an average of one-third of our lives lying horizontally on a rectangular respite platform. And yet, while we may give careful thought to the mattress supporting our tired frames, the accoutrement that goes on top often ranks lower in priority. That’s a mistake, say the pros, who point out that the key to a good night’s sleep and an esthetically attractive room lies in your choice of bedding – comforter, pillows, sheets and pillowcases included.

Which begs the question: when’s the last time your bed had a makeover?

Caryn Benoit, co-owner of Nicole Jocelyn Design in Boston, says there’s no time like the present.

“Your bedroom should be your oasis – it’s the one room in the house that’s completely yours to escape to. Having a beautifully dressed bed should make you feel calm and relaxed,” she says.

A cozy, comfy and inviting bad beckons you to jump right in and take a load off, says Michelle Fishberg, co-founder/CEO of San Francisco-headquartered Slumbr, a pillow manufacturer.

“Quality sleep is fundamental to so many aspects of your wellbeing, including brain health, productivity, energy, metabolism and disease prevention. For this reason, comfort should be your highest priority for a bed makeover,” Fishberg says. “Fortunately, plenty of companies make exceptionally beautiful bedding and products that support comfort without sacrificing a stylish look.”

Tatiana Knight, founder of Neat with Knight, a professional organizer in Miami, says the best place to start with a bedding redo is your sheets and pillowcases. Select quality products with a high thread count and decide which type of material you like best, such as cotton, linen, flannel Percale, satin or Sateen. “Sheets can last anywhere from three months to five years, depending on the quality of the material,” Knight says. “Your sheets can be a good indicator of when to begin a bed makeover.”

Benoit agrees.

“When dressing a bed, you should always start from the bottom and build your way to the top, with several layers involved. A bed skirt and sheets come first, then a quilt. Layer on a comforter, add in some pillows, and top it off with a cozy and decorative blanket,” Benoit says.

Instead of a comforter, which is typically fluffy, quilted and thick, often filled with synthetic fibers keep you warm, you might want to opt for a duvet, commonly filled with feathers, down or synthetic fibers and surrounded by a removable duvet cover.

Count on investing in good pillows, as well.

“Choose pillows with different fill types that have different properties, as your body’s needs can change from night to night,” Fishberg says. “For instance, during the weekend you might choose a fluffy, soft pillow to pamper you. But later in the week, your body may crave a firmer pillow to support sore muscles after a stressful work week.”

Before selecting the look of your new bedding, carefully ponder the color palette and patterns that already exist in your room.

“If you have a bold rug or patterned curtains, for example, you will probably want to consider sticking to solids and textures for your new bedding,” Benoit says. “That’s why I often recommend classic bright white sheets; this will make choosing a comforter, quilt and accent pillows much easier.”

If you have other patterns in the room, “try picking one of the least dominant hues in the pattern and using that as inspiration for the rest of your bedding,” Benoit adds. “When in doubt, stick to neutrals and always choose pieces with lots of texture.”

Candace Plotz, a certified interior decorator in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, recommends a safe and harmonious color for the duvet/comforter and bed skirt, such as ivory or gray.

“This allows you to easily alter the color of your sheets and pillows when you feel like you need a change down the road,” Plotz says.

In addition, top off your new bed with a handful of accent pillows in various shapes, sizes and materials that draw out a primary or secondary color in the room and add a distinctive touch.

To fully enjoy the fruits of your labors, be sure to make your bed every morning after waking.

"There’s nothing like getting into a made bed at the end of the day, and it also makes the entire room look tidy and pulled together” Plotz says.

Lastly, count on updating your bedding and matching decor at least every three to four years, Benoit recommends.

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