Layer Shades of One Color
Pairing solid pillows and sheets in a single color scheme is about as goofproof as a bedding set, but it looks a lot more interesting. You can build on what you already have: It's fine to mix textures and weights if all the fabrics are in the same spectrum.
- Scooch sleep pillows together instead of centering them in front of Euros—less structure, more style.
- Swap out your stiff lumbar for a standard pillow in a sham with a soft detail, like a fringed edge or a satin border.
Treat Your Bed Like a Cushy Couch
Pile on the pillows, but instead of using traditional decorative shams and embellished accent pillows, layer standard ones (meant for sleeping) in one color combo, with various prints (stripes, dots, florals).
- This striped, 35-by-76-inch thing is a down "throwbed," and it will change your life, because it can go from bedroom (headboard) to living room (lounger).
- Toss pillows casually. However they land will look nice and inviting. And don't skimp: You need five to seven to fill out the space on a full- or queen-size bed.
Keep It Clean and Graphic
For the serene, streamlined look of a hotel-style bed, pair solid pieces in contrasting neutrals. Choose a bedspread and shams with intricate stitching for just a touch of texture.
- Try a hotel trick: Instead of propping up pillows, lay them flat. In front of each stack, lean an overstuffed cushion that can move to the back when you get in bed to soften a solid headboard.
- Let an artful color-block quilt be the star of the bed, surrounded by understated accents.