Affordable Ways to Dress up Your Bed

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Believe it or not, just like any other aspect of design, you can have a trendy bed.  Most of our bed trends have historically come from hotels. In the last 10 years, hotels have reinvented their selling points and the bed has become one of the biggest. As hotel beds became desirable, ie. comfortable,  so did the “hotel look.” And the ever-present Hotel Collection was born!  Gone are the days of Grandma’s bed with hidden layers of sheets, blankets, down comforters, and bed spreads. In her day all you saw was a very ornate, flowery bed spread covering the entire bed to the floor, with pillows to match perfectly.
Today dressing a bed is much more risqué.  We want to see all that you’ve layered, mixed and matched down to the sheets! Scandalous!

Fortunately for us, there are simple and economical ways to copy the hotel bed look. Yes, you can go crazy with thread counts and silks, but it’s really not necessary. As you can see, we only get peek at the sheets and blankets, so they can be a way to cut costs when building the perfect bed. Just like in a hotel, for ease of cleaning, choose neutral colored sheets and matching shiny/silky blankets.

Depending on your style, you will then choose your duvet cover or coverlet. This is where you can go crazy, but again if you want affordability, choose solid colors. The key way to make your bed look luxe is to think about the pillows, and the designer-folded coverlet on the end of the bed. What, you say, another coverlet on the end of the bed? Yes! This is the piece that adds the designer touch! The expensive option is obvious – buy a pricey pop to add color and style. The affordable option – buy a couple yards of fabric that matches your decor and put a small hem all around it. Fold it to look like a coverlet and viola, instant color, style and easy to change!

Don’t forge the accent pillows – small and chic is the trend. You can easily pick up inexpensive pillows at any accessory store. Match your coverlet or pull a favorite color from your faux end blanket.  Now you can feel like you’re on vacation every night – enjoy!

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