Posted by Bridget Reed

How To Style a Bed Like a Designer

5 min read

Creating a good sleep environment is more important than one might think.

While there are obvious aesthetic benefits to designing a comfortable area that’s pleasant and relaxing, creating a good sleep environment can improve the quality of your sleep overall.

A good sleep environment includes factors like keeping your room dark, limiting sources of blue light before you try to sleep, and setting the thermostat at an optimal temperature. Then, most importantly (we think, anyway), choosing bedding that promotes healthy sleep. There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to choosing the proper bedding for you and your individual needs.

That said, another consideration is how it looks — because there’s nothing more satisfying than walking into your bedroom and immediately feeling yourself relaxing because you’ve created the perfect space. In fact, intentional interior design may improve mental health.

So let’s talk about how to style a bed like a designer so you can get one step closer to the bedroom of, and for, your dreams.

It’s All About Layers

This is the key, foundational concept when it comes to making your bed look magazine-ready. Adding layers to your home decor can go a long way toward improving the appearance of your bedroom. 

Mixing and matching different colors, patterns, and textures when it comes to the textiles in your bedroom can add a welcoming, dynamic visual interest. It may seem counterintuitive, but having a lot going on in your bedroom will help accentuate your favorite pieces and emphasize your personal style. However, there’s a fine line between intentional design and chaos.

On that note, let’s talk more about these layers and what they should consist of.

Start With Solid Basics

Let’s start with the basics: you’re going to want good quality bedding as the foundation of your bed’s style. While the exact type of sheets you prefer is ultimately up to you, our Miracle Sheets are a great option to check all boxes.

Materials Matter

These sheets are made with 350 thread count bed sheets, which means they’re luxuriously soft against your skin, which is a key part of your bed-makingmakeover. They’re also infused with natural silver, which makes them antimicrobial and prevents the development of 99.9% of bacteria.

So when you’re asking yourself, “How often should you change your sheets?” you can wait a day or two past that when you’re busy or tired without fear. In fact, silver-infused bedding needs to be washed three times less than traditional options. 

Making a Bed With Style

Look for a sheet set that includes both a flat sheet and a fitted sheet. You can use the top sheet to add additional visual interest when it comes to bed styling. After making your bed, fold your flat sheet back over the top edge of the comforter — don’t hide it below. 

This will allow the color and pattern of the top sheet to show through to add some extra personality and texture — or it can act as a solid neutral to break up a busy duvet cover. Whichever way you go, it’s a quick and simple method to take your bed-making skills to the next level.

Don’t Forget the (Extra!) Comforter

Whether you choose a patterned comforter or a linen duvet cover that needs inserts, our styling tips remain the same: add an extra comforter to your bed. You don’t need to sleep under both duvets, but folding a second comforter at the foot of your bed can make it look fluffy and full in a way you just won’t get with a single duvet.

But you also want to be sure that your comforter is fluffy in its own right and that it’s easy to keep clean and that it keeps you cool while you sleep.

Our Miracle Made Comforter checks all three of these boxes. It’s full of fluff without leaving you marinating in a puddle of sweat all night because it’s ultra-breathable. It’s also naturally anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic, so you know it’ll feel fresher for longer. It’s made from 500 thread count Supima cotton — going to bed might just be the best part of your day.

Add a Coverlet, Bedspread, or Throw Blanket

This is one of the stylisthacks that add so much to your bedroom style with minimal effort. It’s also budget-friendly: There are so many options to choose from, and you may already have what you need to elevate your guest room or master bedroom. 

You can choose one of these options or use a combination, but the idea is to add dimension and visual interest. Coverlets work well draped over the middle of your bed because they can add volume and texture depending on the coverlet you choose.

This is also a functional addition to your bed if you find yourself getting chilly at night! It gives you an optional extra layer and acts as a substitute cover if you want to take a nap but don’t want to fully commit to the ultimate cozy sensation of snuggling up beneath your comforter.

A bedspread or throw blanket can drape over the end of the bed, which adds to that layering thing we were talking about. We love a chunky knit throw, but any material that appeals to you can work here.

You want to be sure it’s either a different color, pattern, or texture than the rest of your bedding to keep it from appearing too one-note. For example, if you have sky blue sheets, bring in a blanket in marigold or anything with an orange tone. If you need some inspiration, look to the color wheel for complementary colors

Mix It Up With Decorative Pillows

Pillows and pillowcases aren’t only about comfort — they’re also about style!

We usually think of shams as a way to add pizazz, but sleeping pillows can boost a bedroom design – no question. Simply rely on the pillow cover to do all the talking. Even in a soothing neutral, there is something to be said about a beautiful place to rest our heads at night. 

In addition to your standard pillows (that correspond in size to your bed frame), whether that means standard-size pillows for a queen bedor king-size pillows for a king-size bed. 

Euro pillows and euro shams are a charming addition to your bed because they’re easy to clean. Plus, their unique shape and size (small and triangular) add visual interest to the expected rectangular pillows. They work well behind all the other pillows, resting up against the headboard to create more layers. 

You can also use throw pillows like you would on your living room couch. This is also a great place to think about what you need to be comfortable. Do you like having a lumbar pillow on hand to keep you comfortable while you read before bed? Do you like cuddling up next to a body pillow? 

While we are talking about appearances when it comes to styling your bed, it’s also essential to be sure your bed is functional for you.

Designer DIY

Styling your bed may not be at the top of your to-do list, but it’s a big part of what makes your bedroom look adult and put together, rather than the rag-tag assemblage of things you tend to put together when you’re a teen or a college student.

It can also make a significant difference to the overall vibe of your room and really create the sort of ambiance you need to relax and unwind after a long day.

Especially if you struggle to get a good, restful night’s sleep, it’s worth considering all of the little ways you can make spending time in your bedroom more appealing and more soothing. So, when considering your bedding, keep these helpful tips in mind!



Good Sleep Environment | Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Improve Mental Health Through Thoughtful Interior Design | Laude News

What Are Complementary Colors? | The Spruce Crafts

Antibacterial Silver | National Library of Medicine

Pillow Sizes | Sleep Foundation

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