As the air grows chillier, we can’t help but dream about cozy, beautifully made beds. Looking to elevate your own end-of-day destination? Pretty layers can really warm things up, while a single DIY detail can make a big impact. Here are 25 style ideas for a more beautiful bed this season.
Create a hotel-suite vibe. Push a sofa or settee against the footboard of your bed, then top it with coordinating throw pillows.
Cover an unsightly box spring. Follow senior design editor Joel Bray’s lead and wrap your box spring in delicately patterned fabric, stapling it in place as you go.
Add a romantic bed skirt. Soften the lines of an iron bed frame with a casual linen skirt that gently puddles on the floor.
Hang art at the head of the bed. Mount large-scale canvasses in lieu of a headboard for a contemporary look.
DIY a woven headboard. Get crafty and make your own eye-catching headboard with this simple project. (Looking to add a pop of color? Try this easy DIY.)
… or mount a vintage tapestry. Creating a focal point is as simple as affixing a tapestry, or swath of pastoral-patterned fabric, at the head of the bed.
Mix and match kids’ bedding. Break up matching sets of linens for a modern effect. To keep things cohesive, top beds with accents in complementary hues.
Swap in a bold bed frame. Combine a vibrant upholstered bed frame with crisp, solid white sheets for an unexpected, but still cheerful kids’ room.
Embrace a rich, autumnal palette. Take a page out of Lynda Reeves’ book and dress your bed in shades of ochre, burgundy and charcoal grey.
… or a mix of jewel tones. A blend of soothing amethyst and bright peridot is just one of many foolproof combinations.
Blend exotic and abstract prints. A soft color palette, like dove grey and cloud white, keeps an unconventional combination soothing.
Create coordinating vignettes. Draw inspiration from the hues in your linens and throw pillows when appointing open shelves and side tables.
Layer on a bit of lace. Add quiet texture to your bed with a coverlet in a pretty open weave, like this blanket selected by designer Theresa Casey.
Work in some velvet. A few sumptuously soft accents, like a velvet throw pillow and an upholstered bench, are all you need to create a luxe atmosphere.
Get inspired by suiting. For a tailored look, dress your bed with fine wool linens in shades of navy, chocolate and charcoal.
Embrace laid-back linen. The casual, slightly rumpled look of linen sheets nicely offsets a modern, sparely decorated bedroom.
Add texture with faux fur. Toss a man-made fur throw at the end of the bed for an extra layer of warmth and softness.
Combine Scandi-cool patterns. Bring together an array of colorful graphic prints for a fun, decidedly modern aesthetic.
Mix and match stripes. Go for different colors, fabric textures and line thicknesses for a layered look.
Spread out a graphic quilt. Give an heirloom blanket new life, or shine a spotlight on a traditional craft, such as this bold Mexican Otomi.
Showcase global textiles. Browse shops that support international artisans for unique accent pillows, coverlets and throws.
Pull accent hues from underfoot. Select patterned sheets and throw pillows that tie in with your bedroom rug, then spread out a crisp white duvet to temper the effect.
Sew a super-sized lumbar pillow. Get inspired by designer Jennifer Worts, who made the plush, extra-large throw pillow shown here.
Toss on a single statement throw. Layered over classic white linens, a blanket in energetic neon hues offers a low-commitment shot of color.
Add a quilted topper. Top your bed with a small quilted coverlet in the same shade as your sheets to add just a hint of soft, inviting texture.