Creating inviting beds are so important, both for yourself and for me when I stage houses. I know there’s a trend going with unmade messy beds and some find that super inviting, I can’t think of anything more stressful. I might have to jump over a floordrope, a minefield of clothes and toys to get to my bed, but it is always made even in these stay at home days. I prefer getting into a made bed at night. It’s just so much more inviting to me.
When I stage and style beds for staging I always look at the surrounding colours, wall colours, feature walls, decor and style of the rest of the house. It’s important to create a flow and a balance. If your style is Scandinavian minimalist you don’t chose sweet lacy florals with a pleated bedskirt and if you are into French country you probably won’t chose graphic patterns and too many clean lines. I pull colours together that balance, sometimes I push the boundaries and play with the colours, because I can and because otherwise it gets a bit boring. If I don’t use a lot of colour I play with textures. Texture is sometimes more important than colour.
There are so many “rules” how to make your bed and how to place your cushions, what size to use etc. Forget about rules, as long as you have balance. As long as it’s inviting for you. But if in doubt then a bed without a headboard; it pays to have a couple of euro cushions at the back, that creates a bit of height, then two sleeping pillows either standing or laying on top of each other. Keeping one of them white matching your white sheet gives it a calmer look. Then your scatter cushions (for a cleaner look use two, if more relaxed and cozy use 3) or a long lumbar cushion. You can pull it all together with a throw at the end of the bed, either folded neatly or casually thrown on (this is super hard and often just looks messy, but if you master the casual throw it looks great)
Now you are thinking I don’t have time to organise all those pillows and cushions every morning and hubby is rolling his eyes complaining… but time it, it actually only takes 10 seconds of your day and it makes you feel so much better…
(Photos are all bedrooms I have styled)