Let’s talk about how to create a layered bedding look. Not one that has so many throw pillows you’re not quite sure where to lay down, but one that just begs you to snuggle up and sleep in amidst a billowy cloud of layers.
How to Create a Layered Bedding Look in 5 Steps
It’s not hard to create a layered bedding look that looks intentionally styled; the key here is knowing where to stop. You don’t want to spend ten minutes every morning making your bed, so keep it comfy, keep it simple, and don’t fall into the temptation to go beyond these five easy steps.
One: Start with a fitted sheet
Look, I know this is going to be a divisive statement, but I don’t use a flat sheet. The argument I always here is: well, without a flat sheet, you have to wash your duvet cover! I hate to break it to you, but you should probably be washing your duvet cover if you’re using it.
So, I just use the fitted sheet. I feel like a flat sheet just gets bunched up, wrinkled, and always seems to be the wild card of making the bed. You have my permission to skip it.
Two: Add a fluffy duvet
If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ve probably heard my hack: use a duvet cover that’s one size bigger than your duvet insert. To be honest, you could stop here. There’s something so luxurious about keeping it simple with a fitted sheet and a big duvet.
But, that’s not what we’re here to discuss, so…
Three: Layer in a blanket
While my quilt changes depending on the season, I always include one layer that’s more substantial than a flat sheet would have been. Read: it doesn’t get pushed down to the bottom of the bed or tangled in the duvet.
In the winter, it’s a cozy brushed cotton blanket and, in warmer months, it’s a lightweight comforter. This layer is also a bonus because there are some nights where Adam takes the blanket and I take the duvet. It’s very European.
Four: Bring in a textured layer
Faux fur, a thick knit, take your pick of textural add-ons. In the winter, I absolutely love an ivory faux fur throw layered over my ivory bedding. It’s like settling into a literal bed of fresh fallen snow. Are you seeing it in the photos here? No? I am.
Five: Toss on a few pillows
The trick to accent pillow layers: don’t add too many. A bed covered in dozens of throw pillows isn’t inviting. It’s not somewhere you want to fall into a the end of the day. Choose just one to three purposefully styled pillows —ones that aren’t too precious to actually use.
And, that’s it. You’re done. No more. No less. I was going to keep going with this post and launch into how to switch out bedding with the seasons, but we’ll save that for another day (another day soon). Stay tuned.