How To // Create a Layered and Lively Bed

Gabrielle is back again with another How To for your home. Do you remember her last post on how to style a console? — Meg

Gabrielle Savoie // Bedding Styling

We’ve all seen images of beautiful beds that look so layered and comfortable, we’d hop on the first plane to that house and never leave again. However, recreating the same layered look on our own beds can be a rather daunting task.


You just purchased a bedding set that you love, but you feel your bed still feels a bit flat. Creating a bed that’s lively and layered is not just about going out and buying a sheet set, but rather to combine different bedding elements that will work well together and create a layered whole. After all, no one buys furniture sets anymore, why should bedding sets be any more special?


First, let me just say there are a thousand solutions to this problem, and a million combinations. What I’m giving you here is more of a recipe than a finished product. 

Here I started with the very popular DwellStudio modern border duvet cover set in Tangerine. It includes a duvet cover and two standard shams. To break off the “set” feel, I mixed it with a Serena & Lily sheet with a lovely coral embroidery.

I wanted to use colorful square pillows as a jumping off point for the rest of the colors that would go on the bed so I chose these fantastic suzani pillows by Kathryn Ireland. I also used a single blue John Robshaw quilted sham in front to give a bit more texture and tie in to the bohemian look. 

When it comes to styling a bed, I’m very partial to upholstered headboards, not just because of how they look, but also because of how great they feel. For this board, I chose a Serena & Lily headboard in a lemon linen. Serena & Lily have a really great selection of fabrics to choose from for custom upholstery.

Now you probably need a bedskirt. You have two options: either have one made in the same fabric as your headboard, or just go for a complementary bedskirt, like this striped number by John Robshaw. Just make sure it’s thick and tailored enough not to look frumpy.

Finish off the look with a beautiful throw like this one from Jonathan Adlerpretty bench (if you’ve got the space) and a pair of classic swing arm sconce in antique brass.

Most importantly, make sure you absolutely love every single item you purchase. If you’ve tried the different fabrics together and you love them both separately and as a whole, it’s a guaranteed path to success.

INTERIOR ELEMENTS: DwellStudio Modern Border Duvet Cover Set in Tangerine /  Serena & Lily Coral Gobi Embroidered Sheet / Single Sided Safi Suzani Fiesta Pillow by Kathryn Ireland / John Robshaw Lapis Quilted Sham / Serena & Lily Alta Headboard in Lemon Linen / John Robshaw Gents Stripe Pewter Bedskirt / Circa Lighting Classic Swing Arm Sconce in Antique Brass / Jonathan Adler Richard Nixon Throw / Crate & Barrel Darlene Bench.