December 2, 2022

Beds are for sleeping, but that doesn’t mean their styling should be a snooze. Designer Allison Campbell compiles a cheat sheet for fashioning the bed of your dreams.

“We always start with a client’s favorite sheets and then add a thin, neutral-toned coverlet or quilt for warmth and texture,” says designer Allison Campbell, who has dressed beautiful beds for countless clients. With this foundation set, Campbell turns to a room’s style for inspiration as she selects and layers bedding to create the ultimate in comfort and style. “You can always expand on or pull back on any of these approaches.” 

Photo by Amanda Peterson Photography

Edited Contemporary 

Upon the foundation, fold a covered duvet at the foot of the bed. At the head of the bed, lay two sleeping pillows flat with a sham stacked flat on top of each pillow. Place 2-3 Euro pillows face forward to hide the stacked pillows. Position a long lumbar pillow in front. 

Photo by Amanda Peterson Photography

Layered Transitional

Upon the foundation, fold a covered duvet at the foot of the bed, and either stack flat or set upright the two pillows and two shams at the head of the bed. Place 2-3 Euro pillows face forward with a long lumbar pillow set in front of these. Casually lay a lightweight throw or scrunched blanket across the folded comforter.  

Ultra-layered Traditional 

Upon the foundation, fold a texture-rich coverlet or quilt in half at the foot of the bed and top with a folded, covered duvet. Consecutively layer pillows, shams and Euro pillows upright and face forward at the head of the bed. Place two more 20-inch decorative pillows in front of these. Casually lay a lightweight throw or scrunched blanket across the folded comforter.  

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