5 Tips for Styling a Bed

There’s nothing more inviting than a well-styled bed. You’ve seen them in magazines – the gorgeous looks that you wish you had in your own bedroom. It’s easier than you think to achieve the same perfection. Wouldn’t it be incredible to have an oasis like that at the end of the day? And a fantastic bed in the guest room is also the very best way to welcome guests. So here are my top 5 tips for creating a lovely and well-styled bed in your home.

Bedroom designed by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

1. Luxe Layers

The most important rule of thumb for a great-looking bed is to buy the best bedding you can afford. Choose the sheets that feel right for you – I love a very soft and tailored cotton sheet. Then layer on a cotton blanket, a big fluffy duvet, and a second blanket either at the end of the bed or on a nearby bench. The more layers, the better. It not only gives you a lot of choices depending on how warm or cool the room is, but it also creates a luxurious look that makes you want to curl up and sleep in.

Bedroom designed by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

2. Add in Texture

As you’re choosing the layers for your bed, be sure to add items that have different textures. I like to use velvet pillows, a cashmere throw, and a tufted headboard. They create the sumptuous feeling of luxury.

Bedroom designed by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

3. Don’t Skimp on Pillows

When it comes to pillows, the more the merrier. That doesn’t mean you want to have dozens of small decorative pillows – they should all be useful. Square euro pillows are great if you like to read in bed, and a kidney or roll shaped pillow is perfect for your lower back or to support your arms. Add 3-4 layers of pillows for the most luxe look.

Bedroom by Kriste Michelini Interior Design
Bedroom designed by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

4. Use a Throw

Throws are the perfect accessory for a well-dressed bed. They can be wrapped around your shoulders or used as an extra blanket. Having one casually tossed at the end of the bed also gives the room a less formal and more welcoming look.

Bedroom designed by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

5. Neutrals with a Pop of Color

Neutrals like whites and creams are classic for bed linens, and that palette gives a crisp and tailored look for the bed. I also like to use a pop of color – it doesn’t have to be a bright, though. Choose a complementary color to the room’s decor. It could be a bright pink that acts as a counterpoint, a blue from the center of the pattern on a chair, or increasingly deeper tones of taupe.

Use these tips to create a bed that offers a luxurious boutique hotel look in your own home.