Beauty Rest: 6 Dreamy Bedding Motifs
Cool & Composed
Of all the rooms in a house, your bedroom is one of the most important when it comes to getting it right. It’s where we rejuvenate the soul and rest the body; plus, it’s personal. Thankfully, it’s also one of the easiest and least expensive areas to overhaul, revamp, or renew.
The bed itself is the single most important element, as everything else is arranged around it. While lighting, nightstands, and window treatments certainly contribute, the style of the bed and its accessories—bedsheets, blankets, pillows, and headboard—are what truly reflect your unique statement. See below to discover which style speaks to you.
Wild & Free
Free-spirited and relaxed, the boho chic style draws inspiration from the seasoned world traveler. It combines East and West, vintage and modern, and showcases an eclectic blend of patterns, textures, and colors. Though this look can be either minimal and calm or colorful and demanding, beautiful textiles, unique color combinations, and tribal patterned pillows and bedding are all a must for transforming your bedroom into this bohemian, carefree style.
Cool & Composed
This tailored menswear-inspired style features everything from subtle geometric plaids and checks to striking chevrons, all in a cool, calm color palette. To avoid any sense of “I’m too cool to be cool,” this look lends itself beautifully to a bit of added glamour and softness, such as a luxuriously crafted pillow or two in complementary tones.
A bedroom that exudes “Hollywood glam” is elegant, theatrical, and ready for a close-up. As its namesake suggests, this style is not known for subtlety; oftentimes it’s a showpiece of luxury, style, and personality—think lavish fabrics, tassels, embellishments, and mirrored surfaces. With this star aesthetic, there’s no such thing as too much shine, so go ahead and toss a faux fur throw across the bed for the perfect touch of Hollywood bravado.
Ski Chalet Chic
As winter approaches, the cozy ski chalet look is perhaps the most inviting of all, especially in a bedroom. But you don’t need snow falling outside to achieve this look. Start with natural materials, lots of texture, and a neutral palette of winter whites, ivories, and creams; then sprinkle in some taupe-y browns and greys in varying shades to add interest and depth of color. Though tartan plaids and blanket stripes have a long history in ski homes and lodge styling, introducing them in these softer colors instantly updates the look.
If you’ve chosen to create a modern desert oasis in your room, pick bedding that reflects the warm, muted colors and intricate design elements that are part of Southwestern style. Fans of this look want to create rooms that feel spacious, tranquil, and in harmony with nature. The color palette itself shows a great appreciation for the subtle, natural tones found in stones, sand, soil, local plants, and the sky (i.e., creamy whites and tans paired with burnt orange and rust tones). There’s also a definite element of texture involved in this aesthetic, which is key to honoring the importance it places on natural materials and handiwork and can easily be achieved with a coarsely woven bedcover or the dense softness of blankets and throws.
Encompassing a vibe that combines high-end fashion runways, street chic, and the hottest new trends, this style’s décor might include an eclectic mix of animal prints, richly colored velvets, and quirky boho florals, while also highlighting contrast and graphics in an artful way. By definition, you’re aiming for a look that’s more modern than what’s currently considered fashionable, so this style appeals to those with confidence, a love of fashion, and a laser focus on the finer details.
by Kerrie L. Kelly, Fasid
Kerrie L. Kelly, FASID, is an award-winning interior designer, author, product developer, and multimedia consultant helping brands reach the interior design community. To contact her, visit kerriekelly.com or call 916-706-2089.