I’ve been spending a lot of time lounging in our guest bedroom lately. It’s sunny and bright, cozy and it has everything I need to work from home when I don’t feel like sitting at my desk.
But my absolute favorite part of the room is the bed! I mean, who doesn’t love a well made bed? Today, I thought I’d share my tips and tricks for the coziest bed ever.
First things first, if you are going for that ‘hotel feel’, the trick is in the layers. Here’s how I make a bed for guests.
- A soft and tucked in bottom sheet – We are loving our set from bedface!
- Add in a coordinating bed skirt (because no one likes to see the box spring or what’s under the bed!
- A soft and coordinating top sheet with the pattern side DOWN!
- A plush duvet in a solid color – Fluff it onto the bed and then fold it half way back. Now pull back your top sheet, exposing the lovely pattern or color and creating instant drama!
- Two pillows for each person for sleeping – you should have a pair of firmer pillows in the back and softer pillows in front. Make sure when presenting the bed, you prop them up and don’t lay them flat. Once again, this will give you instant drama and invite your guests to crawl right in.
- Two coordinating throw pillows – Have fun with this part but, if you can, use hypoallergenic down inserts. Just trust me 🙂
- One punchy bolster pillow
- A coordinating throw blanket draped on the bottom of the bed
Here are some other things I like to consider when actually purchasing sheets or key bedroom elements.
A Great Base
Just like a well conceived room, a good ‘bed’ starts with a good base and that’s your sheet set. In this case, we’ve used bedface sheets to build the guest room experience. I have to say, these sheets are among the best quality sheets I’ve ever seen in this price range.
A Good Light (or two)
Not necessarily part of the ‘bed’, but one of my must haves for a cozy bedtime experience is ambient lighting that I can read or blog by. I am often up in the middle of the night (for whatever reason) and having a good, directional wall sconce is key to making sure I don’t totally disturb my sleep patterns or Dan. In terms of the height of a wall mounted sconce, make sure it’s no closer than the outside of the mattress and that it’s at least 6″ above where the average person’s head would be when sitting upright against the head of the bed.
Tone on Tone Pattern
Ahhhhh! My best trick! I know sometimes we can’t all afford the fancy bedding sets with the pillows and the bolsters and all that matchy-matchy stuff. Plus, where’s the creativity in that? 😉 Instead, I LOVE to start with a good base and then shop the sale racks and digital sales at places like Bed Bath & Beyond, Overstock.com, and Wayfair for coordinates. In this case, I mixed large scale plaids, with smaller scale organic prints and super fine geometric for the top sheet. It works because all of the colours are secondary to a white background and echo similar tones. You can achieve this look with different tones of pink, blush and violet and so on. It works every time and can save you a bundle on bedding.
A Few Little Extras
The guest room experience must extend beyond the actual bed 🙂 Consider a tray with soap, magazines, a candle, towels and even a toothbrush. Your guests will love it.
What are your cozy tips? I’d love to know!
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