How to Style a Bed: My Bedroom Refresh, Part Two How to Style a Bed: My Bedroom Refresh, Part Two
How to Style a Bed: My Bedroom Refresh, Part Two How to Style a Bed: My Bedroom Refresh, Part Two

How to Style a Bed: My Bedroom Refresh, Part Two How to Style a Bed: My Bedroom Refresh, Part Two

In part one of my bedroom refresh, I shared my favorite bedroom inspiration, ideas for how to style a bed and talked about upgrading to a white bedding situation worthy of a grown-up lady. You can read the full post here if you want to catch up!

Anyway, I’ve finally gotten a chance to style up the gorgeous duvet that Serena & Lily sent me, and I’m super happy with the results. Here are the best bed-styling tips I picked up in the process. (Hint: don’t be afraid to go high-low!)

How to Style a Bed: The Foundation

White bedding is amazing because it’s a classic yet flexible foundation that can adapt to so many different styles. Since we spend about, what, a third of our lives in bed, it’s a good idea to invest and get the best bedding you can afford. If you only splurge on one item, make it a foundational one, like a great duvet cover. Serena & Lily makes amazing, high-quality bedding that works for a whole bunch of different styles. I chose a timeless border frame duvet cover in bark — the border adds a touch of interest while still being super neutral and versatile.

How to Style a Bed: The Look

Now, when it comes to how to actually style a bed, there are a few different approaches. As far as aesthetic, right now, I’m into the “white bed and colorful pillows” combination that’s slightly bohemian, slightly Scandinavian and ultra-trendy. To create the look, I paired my Serena & Lily border frame duvet with blush pink sheets from Nate Berkus’s Target collection and kilim fringe shams by Cupcakes & Cashmere. Standard shams work just fine for me, but some people prefer the look of Euro shams. It’s totally a matter of personal preference.

How to Style a Bed: The Pillows

Speaking of pillows and shams! There are probably about a billion different approaches to styling pillows on a bed. Some folks prefer Euro shams in front of two stacked standard pillows, while others favor two matching throw pillows, one for each side of the bed. I like to sleep on a veritable mountain of pillows, and I’m an admitted throw pillow hoarder, so I prefer the following combination:

2 standard pillowcases + 2 standard-size decorative shams + 3 mix-and-match throw pillows

The key to making mix and match throw pillows work is to stick to one color palette, or two neutral pillows plus a pop of color. A cohesive color scheme allows you to play with different textures and patterns without overwhelming the eye… for example, you could mix gold polka dots, sequins and, of course, a little leopard.

And finally, don’t be afraid to change it up! That’s why it’s great to invest in a versatile piece like a classic duvet cover, and mix in inexpensive sheets and accessories that can be updated seasonally. (Or, you know, whenever decorator’s itch strikes.) Styling your bed can actually be a really simple, fun way to change the whole look and feel of your bedroom.

Shop my bedding look below:

Serena & Lily provided gifted product for this post. All opinions, as always, are my own.