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Make a Pretty Bed

Made Right: 15 Ideas to make your bedroom a no-snooze zone when it comes to style

Written by Sally Finder Weepie
  • Lisa Mowry

    Color and pattern are great ways to give a classic bedroom just the right dose of modern relevancy. 

    White bedding sets the stage for a playful mix of pillows on this bed. The entire palette unites in a custom floral pillow sham by designer Katie Rosenfeld, then individual colors make their separate splashes. “I always start my designs with textiles,” Rosenfeld says. “They’re a great springboard.”

    Design: Katie Rosenfeld

    See more of this color-filled Atlanta home.

  • Jean Allsopp

    Coastal Color

    A luxurious white duvet and shams bring softness to a casual Gulf Coast bedroom and let a modern metallic canopy bed shine. The refreshing ocean-inspired color splash comes courtesy of striped bed curtains and a matching pillow. 

    Design: Georgia Carlee

    A fresh seaside palette runs throughout this Gulf Coast retreat.

  • Emily Jenkins Followill

    Soft Touch

    A neutral bed can still be rich with glamour. Couture gowns worn by Hollywood elites on Oscar night inspired the look of this master bedroom designed by Melanie Turner for the Atlanta Symphony Decorators’ Showhouse. The amazing gray velvet bed cover sets a luxe tone, especially when paired with a satin pillow and upholstered headboard, the perfect counterpoint to an iron bed.

    Design: Melanie Turner

  • Lucas Allen

    Suite Dreams

    A texture-rich matelassé coverlet brings just a blush of color to a white spindle-style canopy bed. Teamed with sand-hue pillows, it creates a beachy, romantic mood in this Jacksonville, Florida, bedroom.

    Design: Andrew Howard

    This coastal-casual home suits the style of a young family.

  • Francesco Lagnese

    Bold Move

    Layering on vibrant patterns is today’s way to invigorate a bedroom. The space still keeps its calm, though, as the different patterns share the same limited palette with blues and reds of the same intensity.

    Design: Tilton Fenwick

    Bold pattern lights up this New York loft.

  • Werner Straube

    Have It Toile

    Traditional toile fabric—in delicious melon hue—lights up this bedroom by Tobi Fairley for the 2014 Hampton Designer Showhouse. It’s balanced by plenty of serene grays and whites to deliver high style and a good night’s sleep, too. 

    Design: Tobi Fairley

  • John Bessler

    Layers of Luxury

    Lavish layers of fabric in this Hamptons Showhouse bedroom by Phoebe Howard create a blue-and-ivory dreamscape. Full draperies on each corner of the canopy bed bring a luxe vibe to the personal retreat. A tight palette enhances the serene mood.

    Design: Phoebe Howard

    Tour the 2014 Hampton Designer Showhouse.

  • Werner Straube

    Bright Ideas

    Orange and pink pillows provide a pop of modern sass on classic ivory-colored linen bed dressings—and provide the perfect juxtaposition to a canopy bed in quiet wood tones. Hanging a dazzling starburst mirror above the bed reinforces the classic-yet-modern mood.

    Design: Susan Kroeger

  • Werner Straube

    Initial Success

    Monograms are a classic way to add a little life and a lot of personalization to a bedroom. Here, the stitching is in navy to mesh with a loveseat at the foot of the bed. An abundance of white keeps the feel light in a space where the finialed bed makes a substantial statement.

    Design: Megan Winters

    Navy blue patterns bring amazing character to what was a basic builder home.

  • Julie Soefer

    Shine On

    Shimmery sateen bedding gives this neutral room plenty of romance, adding just the right energy to the peaceful layers of gray and white.

    Design: Marie Flanigan

    Find more from amazing young designers in our TRADhome digital magazine.

  • John Merkl

    Mix Things Up

    A playful combo of patterns from John Robshaw, both in a similar scale, gives this bed big attitude. The bed is upholstered in a grounding neutral fabric that’s from an indoor-outdoor collection—so easy to keep clean!

    Design: Cecily Mendell

  • Michael Garland

    Painterly Appeal

    Evoke a feeling of artful watercolors with fabric, like this yellow silk ikat and multicolor floral from Robert Allen. They bring a ray of happy sunshine to this luxe neutral bedscape. 

    Design: Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl 

  • Emily Jenkins Followill

    The Right Touch

    Texture is the name of the game in this bedroom, where an oversize tufted headboard combines with matelassé bed cover, shams, and fretwork pillows, all in restful blue and white. 

    Design: Beth Webb

    Tour this timeless Low Country retreat.

  • Werner Straube

    Masculine Meets Elegant

    Stripe-like stitching on the duvet and Euro shams accentuate this master bedroom’s masculine edge. A walnut headboard and global-inspired pattern on the bolster pillow continue the strong vibe.

    Design: Summer Thornton

    This Tudor-style home got a modern makeover.

  • Emily Jenkins Followill

    Prints Charming

    Fresh blue and celadon hues put a today twist on classic patterns—toiles, checks, and trellises—in this charming master suite. Two sizes of checked fabric layer in chic sophistication.

    Design: Heather Dewberry and Will Huff 

  • Gordon Beall