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How to Make Your Bed Like an Interior Designer

April 9, 2024

Behind the Scenes


Liberty, here! And I’ve got a secret…I do most of the styling on our installs/photoshoots. šŸ¤« Sometimes we’ll bring in extra help if it’s a large project, but most of the time the gal making the bed is…me. And I’ve learned a few things about how to get that ‘designer’ look.

Buy once, cry once. Don’t skimp on high-quality linens.

One of the most important things to consider when making your bed is the linens you use. High-quality linens and duvets should be soft and comfortable to lay on, but also durable enough for everyday use. You may have heard that thread count is the way to determine the quality of bedding and that’s true to an extent, but the quality of the material is more important than the thread count.

For example, a high quality linen in a lower thread count will be softer and longer lasting than a synthetic fiber with a higher thread count. Personally, I only buy 100% organic cotton or 100% European linen, which are both incredibly breathable and comfortable in warm or cool weather.

Avoid buying a matching ‘set.’

When you’re decorating a bedroom, it’s best not to buy matching sets of anything. You probably already knew that your bed, nightstands and dressers shouldn’t match, but matching sets for bedding can also be tricky. Matching sets can be boring and repetitive, so why not mix things up and be creative? Try buying a duvet cover that has more color or pattern than your other bedding pieces, then add some pillow cases in complementary patterns or tones.

Even if you stick to all whites, I like to mix in one accent color or pattern somewhere. It could be as simple as a color border on a white duvet or as playful as a patterned sheet set.

Play with different materials.

Mixing patterns and solids can be a great way to add visual interest to your bed, but if that seems intimidating try adding different textures. For example, linen sheets and duvet with a wool coverlet and a leather lumbar pillow.

Try ironing or steaming your bedding after laundering.

When you’re done washing the linens, take the time to iron or steam them. This can help freshen up their appearance and make them look like new again.

  • Use a good steamer: If you don’t have a high-quality handheld steamer on hand, try using an iron instead. Pro tip: Don’t have time for that? Some dry cleaners offer a linen pressing service that is quite a treat.
  • If this just isn’t feasible, learn to love that organically crumpled look. When it’s not a photoshoot day – that’s what we’ve learned to do in our home!

Add layers (not the ones you’re thinking…)

If you’re wanting the uber-fluffy, cloudlike duvet that you’ve seen in catalogues then you probably need two inserts. You’ll want to make sure that they are down or a feather/down blend. This will give that very full appearance, but I find it impractical for daily use except during the very coolest months.

To achieve extra fluffy throw pillows and Euros, you’ll need to employ a similar trick. If you’re stuffing a 22″x22″ Euro sham, you’ll want to order the next size up of insert (24″ or 26″ square). Again, only order inserts with a down or feather/down blend of filling.


There are so many ways to make your bed look like a designer dream, but it all starts with the right pieces. The most important thing to remember is that if invest in high-quality materials and take care of them, your bed will look beautiful even when it’s undone. By following these tips and tricks, we hope that your bedroom will be transformed into something truly amazing.

Need help achieving the bedroom of your dreams? We’d love to help, just drop us a note to get the process started.

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Designer, toddler-wrangler, professional decision-maker

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