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     Sleeping Beauties
      Don’t just make your bed—dress it. Wake up in
      style with these easy tips and ideas.
      By alicia waRden




                                                                                                                                            PhOTO: MichAl VEnErA; PrODucED By Erin MilgrAM




Right on Hue Energize basic                      correct dosage               hide-away bed                 the grand FinaLe
beige bedding with a splash of color. Soothing   Add color where it           A bed skirt isn’t just for    Drape a coordinating
blues, bright oranges, and pretty patterns       counts: Three Euro shams     looks—it’s a perfect          throw over the bed’s foot
upgrade this space from bedroom                  in a two-tone pattern set    solution for keeping          for a final flourish. On this
to boudoir. To add sophistication, follow        the scheme, which is         underbed storage out          bed, one corner of the
this room’s lead and use a palette of rich       repeated on the bolster      of sight. Plastic bins will   throw is folded over,
neutrals and varying shades of two colors.       pillows. Two white pillows   easily slide under the bed.   revealing an orange
Mix in classic shams and bolsters outfitted      are layered in to temper                                   back—the same color as
in coordinating fabrics.                         the patterns and color.                                    the pattern on the shams.

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       Tailored and luxurious, this                                                                                tiMe and again
                                                                                                                   choose an easy-to
         small bedroom gets its personality                                                                        work-with neutral
                                                                                                                   for the parts of
        from a mix of patterns and a                                                                               the bed that you
                                                                                                                   won’t change
            three-color scheme.                                                                                    frequently, such
                                                                                                                   as the headboard
                                                                                                                   and bed skirt.

                                                                                                                   sMaLL Luxuries
                                                                                                                   Fallen in love with a
                                                                                                                   pricey fabric? Stay
                                                                                                                   on budget by using
                                                                                                                   it for a small pillow.
                                                                                                                   Or cover the face
                                                                                                                   of the pillow and
                                                                                                                   put less expensive
                                                                                                                   fabric on the back.

                                                                                                                   Layered LooK
                                                                                                                   With fabrics that
                                                                                                                   lean traditional,
                                                                                                                   vary the pillow size
                                                                                                                   and mix up the
                                                                                                                   arrangement to
                                                                                                                   keep the look fresh.

                                                                                                                   tucKed in
                                                                                                                   give your bed a
                                                                                                                   tailored look by
                                                                                                                   tucking in the quilt
                                                                                                                   only along the foot
                                                                                                                   of the bed.
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                     Pattern Play               Mixing patterns may seem like a daunting task, but this formula
                     makes it easier. Start with an inspiration bedspread and use colors from it to choose throw
                     pillows, sheets, and other accessories. here, the blues, yellows, and tans from the quilt
                     determined the other fabric choices. This simple trio of colors plays up the patterns. Pay
                     attention to the scale of patterns: mix one large-scale pattern, one or two medium, and
                     one small-scale pattern.


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comfort takes precedence with a thick cushion
and plenty of plush pillows. look to vintage linens
as another source of less-expensive fabric (they’re
also low-maintenance—they’ve likely been washed
many times and can stand up to more). Keep a
warm throw nearby.

coLor rerun
A shared blue-and-yellow color palette and
matching pillows tie the bedroom’s window
seat to the bed.

coMMon threads
Once again, stripes give this assortment of patterns
a tailored look. Though no pillow is exactly alike,
repeating motifs—a hexagonal pattern and a leafy
floral pattern—unify the group.

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The Best of Bedding                        We spend nearly one-third of our lives
sleeping, so it pays to know all the options and choose which types of pillows,
sheets, and comforters are right for you.


the PiLLow test                             thread count                                 Feather and down
Stop punching pillows in the store.         Thread count is the number of threads        Down comforters (also called duvets)
instead use these easy indicators to        woven into one square inch of fabric. A      are usually the top layer of bedding.
check a pillow’s quality.                   higher number equals softer linens. Take     inexpensive duvet covers can quickly
n Down or feather-filled: Fold pillow       care of your bed linens by laundering        change the look of your bed.
in half on the floor or a flat surface.     them once a week in warm water.              n goose down is fluffier than duck.

Squeeze out the air and release. it         n 140 to 180 count (muslin sheets):          n Fluff down comforters by hand
should return to its original shape.        usually at a lower price point.              frequently. Feather comforters
n Synthetic: Fold pillow in half on the     n 180+ count (percale sheets): A tightly     should occasionally be put in a
floor or a flat surface and place a         woven, smooth cotton.                        dryer on the highest heat setting
tennis shoe on top; release. The pillow     n 250 to 300 count: Sheets begin to          to battle dust mites.
should pop out from under the shoe          feel silky and are more durable.             n if you dry-clean down comforters
and return to its original shape.           n 300 to 400 count: considered               once or twice yearly, they should
                                            luxury sheets.                               last 8 to 10 years.
                                            n 400+ count: The added comfort is slight;

                                            it’s not worth spending the extra money.
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                                                                                             cut bacK
                                                                                             use fewer patterns
                                                                                             and layers for a
                                                                                             casual, modern
                                                                                             appearance and
                                                                                             arrangement.

                                                                                             soLid bacKbone
                                                                                             The wood frame
                                                                                             of this bed was
                                                                                             painted black to
                                                                                             anchor the bright
                                                                                             colors and fun
                                                                                             patterns.

                                                                                             width Matters
                                                                                             Because a double
                                                                                             bed is narrow, stick
                                                                                             to two shams, the
                                                                                             bed pillows, and
                                                                                             one or two accent
                                                                                             pillows to avoid
                                                                                             crowding.

                                                                                             cLean Lines
                                                                                             To emphasize the
                                                                                             modern look, skip
                                                                                             the bed skirt and
                                                                                             tuck sheets tightly
                                                                                             underneath the
                                                                                             mattress.

                                                                                             easy toss
                                                                                                                    PhOTO: EriK JOhnSOn; PrODucED By JEAnnE BlAcKBurn

                                                                                             A plush throw,
                                                                                             folded neatly at the
                                                                                             foot of the bed or
                                                                                             on a bench, adds
                                                                                             another block of
                                                                                             striking color.




Undercover Show off your sheets by folding back the comforter or duvet. The
colorful striped sheets on this bed were meant to be noticed; the stripe motif is repeated
as wavy lines on the black-and-white duvet and shams. Orange makes a splash as the sole
accent color, drawing from the orange in the sheet set. For a brand-new look, switch out
the orange for another color (try blue or yellow) pulled from the sheets.



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