A well-dressed bed invites you in and makes you feel comfortable, well-rested, and refreshed. We've all seen the pictures of professionally arranged beds in magazines; the ones that make you want to dive into the picture and take a nap. But, few of us really know how get the same professional look at home. Here, we'll show you how to make a beautiful bed in just a few steps. You don't have to spend a fortune on top of the line bedding to get it either!
Layering - The secret to a beautiful bed is layering and texture. This is what gives a bed that, "Come on in and stay awhile" look. Layering comes by way of blankets, pillows, bed skirting, sheets, throw blankets, and decorative shams. Texture is found by incorporating a variety of printed fabrics and fabric types. Pair natural woven fabrics with soft cottons, mix and match florals, stripes, and other patterns together in coordinating colors. The more the merrier! Just remember to keep the walls a neutral color to avoid overwhelming the room.
How to make layering affordable - Adding an abundance of layers and texture to a beautiful bed can quickly get expensive. To save money, don't overlook those bed-in-the-bags at your local department store. For less than $100, you can get a set of sheets, coordinating comforter, and matching bed accessories that will pull the look together. Not only is this an affordable option, but it takes the guesswork out of putting fabrics together that complement each other. Most retailers sell decorative pillows and throw blankets separately that will help dress a bed with a professional flair.
Headboard and footboard - A matching head a footboard will really bring a beautiful bed together, but they need to be placed accurately for a smooth look. The headboard should be high enough so that the pillows don't cover it; otherwise, the headboard just gets lost behind the bedding. Additionally, the footboard should be low enough that you don't have to look over it to see the bed.
What if you don't have a headboard and footboard? - If you don't already have a head and footboard in place, and can't afford to buy a set, don't worry. You may have the supplies at home to create a very unique headboard yourself. Check out these '10 Romantic Headboard Design Ideas' for inspiration. And for a footboard, omit it and use an inexpensive bench in its place. You'll achieve the same look, and add a convenient spot to slip on your shoes, or stow away extra bedding, in the process.
Keep it neat - No matter how hard you work to make dress a bed beautifully, if you don't keep it neat, there's simply no point in trying. Thus, not only should the bed be made each morning, but it should be well made. To do this, simply keep everything taut. Pillowcases, blankets, sheets, and so on, should be tightly tucked in and smoothed out to keep it looking its best.
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