Layer a Bed like a Designer

Don’t you ever walk into the bedding section of a store like Pottery Barn and go, “If only I could dive into that right now!” Well that makes two of us! There's something to those beds that make you want to just eat it up. Maybe it's the fluffiness, maybe its the presentation charm, but I'll tell you right now that there is something that beds and cakes do have in common, and it's the art of layering. Let's explore, shall we?

First, like a cake, we start at the bottom with the foundation and move on up! Also like a cake, a bed typically has 4 layers. 

Photo by Tori Wible/ Design by KM Design Co.

Photo by Tori Wible/ Design by KM Design Co.

Layer 1: Sheets

Photo/Design by  Studio McGee

Photo/Design by Studio McGee

First, you need a bottom fitted sheet and a top sheet. The top sheet should stretch to the head of the bed with the fold of the sheet facing up and the sides should be tucked in as well as at the foot of the bed. For colors and patterns, you can mix and match sheets, just make sure they share the same background color. This is the inside of your cake. do you like white, yellow or chocolate? I usually prefer white, and I'm not just talking about cake, I feel the same way about sheets! You can never go wrong with white sheets, and they are perfect for layering! 

Layer 2: Bedspread

Photo/Design by  Studio McGee

Photo/Design by Studio McGee

You can use a quilt, bedspread, or down comforter for the next layer on top. This should be the main frosting to your delicious, I mean perfectly layered {cake} bed. The color of your bedspread should somewhat match your sheets, where they both share the same background color. You will want to fold your sheet over the bedspread at the head of the bed, and tuck in your bedspread with the sheets if it's long enough. There's something about getting into a well-tucked-in bed every night, and this is part of that trick!

Layer 3: Throw Pillows

Photo/Design by  Studio McGee

Photo/Design by Studio McGee

Your pillows should be like the style of your cake! Is it rustic or is it smooth? Whichever you choose, your standard pillows should come with your sheets, but your euro shams or your decorative throw pillows can be your pop of color! For layering pillows, I like to use the 2-1 rule to avoid over-pillowing, which includes two patterned decorative pillows and a small solid rectangle pillow in front or visa versa! Pillows are fun! Play around with your pillows and see what best fits your personality!

Layer 4: Throw Blanket

Photo/Design by  Studio McGee

Photo/Design by Studio McGee

Now for the icing on the cake! Your throw blanket should be at the foot of your bed, that either carries the same color or pattern; something to balance out the composition with your throw pillows while leaving some white space for your comforter in between. To create a lush and playful look, toss your throw on one side of the bed to give it that teasing-inviting touch. To create a more sophisticated appeal, you can fold your throw in half (hot dog style) to get that same width of the bed from left to right.

Well now that we're both hungry and sleepy, I hope this post leaves you inspired on how to layer your bed and feel like a designer when doing it! 

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