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Bedding: Styling Your Sanctuary’s Centerpiece

The linens on your bed probably change with the season. A beautiful linen coverlet is great for the summer but it may be replaced with a faux fur throw for a cold winter night. So let’s talk about how you can style your bed to keep it looking great and feeling comfortable, all year long.


A decorative pillow in front of shams is always a nice touch.

My preference is to keep it structured and layered. The first layer is your sheets. They are the foundation of your bed and not just from a visual standpoint – their quality is paramount to your night’s sleep! The second layer is a wonderfully soft coverlet that you can use alone in the summer and layer on top of in cooler months. If you have a sheet you want to show off (which you should!), pull your flat sheet up as far as possible to fold about two-thirds over your coverlet.

Next, an accent at the end of your bed is an opportunity to add in a coordinating pattern. The piece can be lightweight or heavier, folded or draped. Now you have three textures and patterns to work with, each about equally exposed.


A folded or draped throw at the end of your bed is an opportunity to add in a coordinating color or pattern.

If pillows are your thing, layer that up too! Put your sheet-set pillows in the back and decorative shams in front. Or, for a more polished look, get a double set of shams and use one set on your sleeping pillows. If you have a king bed, use three euro shams to more fully cover the width of the bed. A decorative pillow in the front for a punch of accent color is always a nice touch.

Happy layering and sweet dreams!

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