For years and years, every time I have tried to source off-the-shelf bedding for a client, I walk away from the stores, pretty much uninspired. So I end up getting custom bedding made or I’ll suggest a white or cream duvet cover with custom shams.
All of that has changed with this really fun bedding I found recently. Since the master bedroom is the most neglected room in the house, maybe now is the time to DO SOMETHING about it!
So here are my best tips to help you have a beautiful bedroom:
1. If you’re not a pattern person, the following examples might be too much for your master bedroom, but certainly perfect for a guest room.
2. Or you could just buy shams and then a solid, coordinating duvet or just the duvet cover with solid shams for some colour inspiration. After all, it’s pretty hard to get excited about a paint colour when it relates to nothing in the room.
Once you have the bedding, take it to your nearest paint store and get a paint colour to go with it.
3. If you choose bedding with a neutral in it like the comforter above, makes sure you can find that same colour in your carpet, otherwise it won’t look custom.
This bedding would be perfect in a room with taupe wall-to-wall carpeting. You can see in this image that the flooring coordinates with the carpet and the walls are slightly greener but pretty darn close. Get the list of all the neutrals in my ebook here.
Here, they’ve shown it with green carpet but a green grey carpet would work too.
Let’s face it, most people have carpet in their bedroom over hardwood, which is why I’m talking about broadloom and not area rugs.
4. If you have a small bedroom, don’t worry about the broadloom. Visually, all anyone will really notice, is the bedding. It’s a larger bedroom, like the master, with lots of room for furniture and seating, where the colour of your wall-to-wall carpeting becomes really important and should be found in a duvet if there’s pattern in it.
This duvet cover should coordinate with the neutral carpeting in the room, just like it does here. It looks like a green or yellow beige would both work. You can see that the headboard is a green beige.
5. White plus a colour can be incorporated into a room with almost any beige or grey carpeting, then it won’t look like you’re ignoring it.
If you can’t get into all this pattern and colour, I have one of these duvet covers (above) from West Elm. What’s fun about it this one is that it’s impossible to iron, so the wrinkled look that you see above, is what you pull out of the dryer and it still looks great. I’m not a fan of the matching shams but the duvet has lots of texture and is a great way to upgrade the look of your bedroom right now!
Which one is your favourite?
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