How do I choose bedding to compliment my bedroom decor?
After selecting the colours for the walls and the flooring, there’s the matter of coming up with the right combinations for the bedding. There are several ways to go about the process and ensure that the room has a unified look. Here are some examples to keep in mind while looking at different selections for the bedding and any accent pillows that will occupy the space.
Fluffy or flat?
The choice of furnishings will have some impact on the type of bedding used in the space. If the goal is to go with sharp lines that have a contemporary look, opting for a cover that is somewhat flat makes sense. Consider investing in a duvet and two or three different duvet sets. Flat bedspreads will also be more in line with the simplicity of the room design. If the décor has soft lines, feel free to go with something that has a bit of an overstuffed look. A thick duvet matched with a dust ruffle and padded pillow shams will work well in this type of setting.
Matching the window treatment
One approach that many people like is to draw inspiration from the window treatment. If the home owner has chosen a pastel yellow for the curtains, why not carry that colour over to the duvet or bed cover? Assuming the hue is a perfect match, it will look as if the items were purchased at the same time, and of course you can purchase matching duvet covers and curtains to take the guess work out of this bedroom décor option.
Remember that this approach still allows room to add something extra to the bed. Pair that yellow duvet cover with pillow cases, it's a good idea to buy a duvet cover set that comes with identical pillow cases. A pattern that includes two or three additional colours adds interest to the bed and helps to keep the amount of yellow used in the room balanced.
Drawing inspiration from chair upholstery
There’s a beautiful chair in the corner that sports a patterned upholstery. Two of the colours have already been used for the carpeting and the wall colour. Pull a third colour from the upholstery for the duvet cover or bedspread. Even though there are several colours in use in the room, the presence of the chair will ensure that the space is visually unified.
Keep the room dimensions in mind
With smaller bedrooms, opting for bedding that is lighter in colour is a smart move. This is because the bed is usually the single largest piece of furniture in the space. A lighter hue will provide the sense of a more expansive space, while darker shades visually shrink the room. Pick up a lighter colour from one of the patterns used elsewhere in the room and it will be hard to go wrong. Likewise, many designers suggest that small patterns should be used in small rooms so that the visual impact is less invasive and keeps the room looking lighter and larger.
In large bedrooms bigger, bolder prints can be used as the size of the room allows for their inclusion without making the room look smaller. However, many designers don't agree with these 'unwritten rules', and suggest that you should choose both colours and patterns that you adore, and breaking the 'rules' can result in amazing décor that doesn't stifle the room's appeal.
Colour & pattern clashing
These are deliberate, well thought out options. Having patterns and colours that clash is a great decorating motif when done correctly. When thrown to together it looks awful, giving a bedroom a chaotic, messy appearance that isn't conducive to a good night's sleep. This form of décor is not for the faint hearted, but in the right style of home it can provide a wonderful unique look.
Remember that staying in step with the décor will ensure the bedding adds to rather than takes away from the look and feel of the room. Draw inspiration from the other elements in the space, and it will be easier to come up with a winning combination that's easy to live with and gives your bedroom the wow factor.