Designing Your Bed
When it comes to decorating the bedroom, we get asked all the time whether to start with the linens or the wall colour. We always suggest starting with the linens, because it’s much easier to find a paint chip that matches your bed, rather than the other way around.
Your bed is the centerpiece of the room and should be the launching pad of your decor. Look for linens in a palette you can live with long-term. The reason neutrals have been so popular in high-end bedding is because they are classic and subdued and you won’t get tired of them. Fortunately, the neutral palette has expanded beyond white and cream to include taupe, sage, coffee, gold and deeper shades like cocoa and grey, as well as pastels such as ice blue, aqua and celadon. If you want to be more daring, choose a neutral foundation and then add pizzazz with decorative shams, throw cushions and quilts in more vibrant colours. Eventually, if you do grow tired of these bolder pieces, they can easily be replaced at far less expense than starting from scratch, and you’ve still got a beautiful bed that coordinates with virtually any colour.
Also, know your taste. Trends come and go, so follow your heart. The “Ultimate” bed is a lifetime investment. Quality linens will certainly outlast the current trends. (Check your wardrobe to discover your favorite colour!)
Bring Your Measurements
When you go shopping for linens, bring your measurements. You should know the depth of your mattress (they vary from 8” – 18” in thickness!) If you have a king size mattress that is deeper than 12”, you will need to get jumbo or super-king sheets and mattress pads, as well as a jumbo or super-king duvet. The days of consistency in mattress depths are long gone. Even the widths of mattresses are starting to change, so it doesn’t hurt to know the width and length as well. You should also have the bedskirt measurement handy, which is from the top of the box-spring to the floor. This way, you can custom order the skirt so that it fits perfectly. If you are spending a reasonable amount of money to outfit your bed, each piece should fit perfectly.