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Layer Your Bed
Home Home Decorations
By: Shelly Livengood Email Article
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The mood of the bedroom starts with the bed. Your bed is typically the largest piece of furniture in your bedroom and therefore your eye is automatically drawn there first. Here is where your personal taste can take on a flare of it's own. Your decorating begins with the bed.

To start layering your bed, place the fitted sheet over the mattress and tuck it in snugly. If you have a color preference for the theme of the bed, you can use it first with the sheets. Or if you would rather, you can use white and then use the colors as the accents on top of the bed.

The top sheet goes on next. Put it on with the under side facing up and pull the top up to the headboard and tuck it in at the bottom. Next comes the bedspread or the quilt. Bring it up to the top of the bed as well. Then fold the bedspread or quilt back along with the top sheet so the fitted sheet is showing at the top of the bed and the top sheet shows over the quilt. Now tuck it in along with the top sheet at the foot of the bed. And tuck in the sides.

Now you're ready for the duvet or comforter. Start at the foot of the bed making sure the mattress is covered, then lay it on top of the bed folded in thirds so that it is easy to pull up once you are settled in bed. Bring your own color preferences and designs in here. This is where the fun begins.

Next, stand your bed pillows up at the head of the bed. These pillow cases will match the sheets. In front of the bed pillows are the Euro pillows. Euro pillows are 26 inches square and are normally encased in decorative shams. Use two on a standard or double bed and a queen size bed and three for a king or cal king size bed and one for a twin bed. Then add your shams, typically these shams will match either your comforter or duvet or else the quilt or bedspread.

Now add your decorative pillows. Repeat a color from the quilt, comforter or duvet and add luxurious patterns, in a combination of fabrics and textures along with solid colors to bring your personal taste to the mix.

Then spice it up with a throw tossed on the foot of the bed to give it the welcoming, lived-in feel. Your throw can be your splash of color as well in a solid or multicolored pattern. Or add variety later and change it up by rolling it and placing it at the front of the pillows.

What is nice about the wide variety of decorating choices is that when you are tired of one look, you can switch out the colors of the sheets or bring out other decorative pillows and you will end up with a completely new look. It's an economical way to give your room a new look and feel without completely redecorating your whole bedroom.

Shelly Livengood is interested in all types of bedding including comforters, pillows, quilts, duvets, bedding sets, blankets, throws and linen as well as their variety of colors, styles and materials. She loves the elegant as well as the casual and unique. She is also interested in what enhances pleasant and restful sleep experiences. She currently runs a website selling high quality and affordable bedding. Visit their site at

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