How to Create a Layered Bedding Look Like a Designer

Your bed is the centerpiece of your master bedroom, and layering your bed is the perfect way to elevate its look and feel.

Layering involves adding multiple pieces of bedding and different types of pillows to create a cozy and inviting environment. Not only does layering create a stylish and luxurious look, but it also adds softness, warmth, and comfort to your sleeping space.

Which we all crave right?

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But with all of the layers involved, it can feel incredibly intimidating to create the perfect look. Not to mention expensive, when considering all of the materials you might want to purchase. 

And while there’s no right or wrong formula to achieve this relaxed, designer feel, there are some guidelines you can look to to help you get the layered bed look without breaking your budget.

So let’s dive in!

What layers should a bed have?

​While this isn’t an exhaustive list, it will give you the base layers needed to create a beautiful and functional look for your bed.

Duvet Cover

The duvet cover is an essential layer for your bed. It’s a protective cover that goes over your duvet, which is sometimes known as a comforter, and keeps it clean and fresh.

Choosing a duvet color is a personal preference, but many interior designers agree that neutral colors are ideal because they give you plenty of options to coordinate with different textures and patterns throughout the rest of the pieces you select.

While white linen is arguably the most versatile option out there, a natural looking linen comes in nicely at second place. And it’s a wonderful alternative for those with small children or where stains and dirt might be a concern. 

I opted for Linen on our King size bed and it pairs beautifully against dark furniture without appearing too stark. It’s also equipped with multiple ties at each corner and center of both the top and bottom of the cover to hold the insert perfectly in place.

Duvet Insert​

A necessity when using a duvet cover. It’s essentially a thin comforter that slips inside the duvet cover like an envelope. They come in several varieties including both down and down alternative, and I love how Bedsure’s inserts are made to suit all of their duvet covers.

They have handy loops that hold the cover in place. Ours is down alternative for the spring and summer months, but I plan to switch it out to a down version once it gets colder in the fall.

 Fitted Sheet

The fitted sheet is the first layer that goes directly on your mattress. It’s an essential layer for your bed because it not only provides a smooth surface but also keeps your mattress clean and protected. It’s always a good idea to select the perfect cozy texture to give you a good night’s sleep.

And while patterns or colors might be on your mind, you’d be better to focus on a high-quality sheet set above all else.

I specifically love these cooling bamboo sheets both their durability affordability. 

Flat Sheet

A flat sheet is a thin layer that goes between your fitted sheet and your duvet cover. It’s another essential layer for your bed because it provides an extra layer of comfort, warmth, and protection.

Throw Blanket

A throw blanket is a great option to add texture, color, and warmth to your bedding. You can drape it across the foot of your bed or fold it and lay it across the width of your bed. It’s also perfect for those chilly nights when you need an extra layer of warmth.

This cooling bamboo waffle blanket at the end of the bed provides an effortlessly layered touch.

Decorative Pillows

Decorative pillows are great for adding pops of color, pattern, and texture to your bedding. They come in many different shapes and sizes and can be used to create a unique look for your bed.

This is where you can really show your personality with pops of color or fun patterns.

Bed Pillows

Bed pillows are the main pillows you sleep on, and they’re essential for providing support and comfort while you sleep. When choosing bed pillows, opt for ones that have a high thread count and fill power to add extra comfort to your sleeping experience.

Pillow Shams

Pillow shams are decorative covers for your bed pillows. They’re usually made from the same material as your duvet cover and are designed to complement the look of your bedding. Each of Bedsure’s duvets come complete with coordinating pillow shams.

Euro Shams

Another pillow sham?! I know what you’re thinking, but Euro shams are larger decorative pillow covers that are typically square in shape.

They’re perfect for adding additional texture, color, and height to your bedding. I love them for propping my back up to read a good book in. So I promise, they do offer both form and function.

How do you layer cozy bedding?

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First, start with a good foundation. A fitted sheet and flat sheet should provide a smooth and comfortable base for your bedding. Optionally, you can add a light blanket or coverlet, which will help regulate your temperature and add texture to your bedding.

Now it’s time to add your duvet. When selecting a duvet, consider the weight and warmth you need for the season. During colder months, a down duvet insert provides the ultimate warmth and coziness.

However, during warmer months, a lightweight down alternative duvet insert will keep you comfortable without overheating. Plus, it can be easily swapped out for a heavier option when the weather turns cooler.

To add visual interest to your bedding, consider layering a decorative throw blanket or two. Depending on your personal style, you can choose a sumptuous velvet, a cozy waffle knit, or a playful patterned throw.

Drape the throws over the foot of the bed or fold them neatly and place them at a diagonal across the bottom corner of the bed.

When arranging your pillows, consider the different sizes and textures.

A mix of standard size pillows, Euro shams, and decorative throw pillows can create a cozy and inviting look.

Start with the standard size pillows at the back, propped up against the headboard. Next, add the Euro shams – two is generally a good number – in front of the standard pillows.

Finally, add the decorative throw pillows in front of the Euro shams. The mix of sizes and textures will create a visually interesting and comfortable looking bed.

In addition to duvet inserts and throw options, the layering of your bedding can also be achieved with alternative methods.

Designers’ Tips for Layering Your Bed

Now that you know the basics, there are a few key tips and tricks they recommend:

Play with Color and Pattern: Layering is the perfect opportunity to experiment with color and pattern. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different colors and patterns to create a unique look for your bed.

If incorporating patterned bedding, try mixing and matching patterned duvet covers with solid sheets and pillowcases.

Start with a Neutral Base: To make layering easy and cohesive, start with a neutral base, such as beige or white sheets. This will make it easier to add pops of color and pattern later.

Invest in Quality Bedding: high-quality sheets are essential for creating a luxurious and comfortable sleeping environment. Look for quality bed linens, such as Egyptian cotton, silk, bamboo or natural linen, and opt for a high thread count for extra softness.

Size up your duvet insert:  Much like the inserts for accent pillows, designers always recommend you size up at least one size when selecting an insert for your duvet cover.

This allows for the maximum fill that gives you that ever so fluffy look you see in catalogues. For example, we have a king bed,  and I opted for a california king sized insert in our duvet.

Mix Textures: Mixing textures is another great way to add interest to your bedding, especially if you desire a more monochromatic look.

Experiment with different materials, such as faux fur or knit, to create a cozy and inviting look and feel.

Layering your bed is a wonderful way to create a cozy and inviting environment in your master bedroom.

By following this guide and incorporating the essential layers I’ve outlined, you’ll be well on your way to creating a luxurious and comfortable sleeping space that you’ll love coming home to each night.

So, get started on layering your bed today, create a cozy and inviting bed that’s perfect for any season. Sweet dreams!

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