Sanctuary. That’s what we seek in our bedrooms. From calming colors to luxurious luxe, the creation of a restful haven rests in one word. Comfort.
Prevailing home décor trends speak to definitive comfort, especially in the bedroom. Marshmallow-soft comforters and sateen duvet covers, layered blankets and sheets, and pillows galore — these are the things that define today’s bedroom style.
The theme for comfort plays on the trend of mixing fabrics and textures. It’s more about blending fabrics and colors that complement each other rather than exactly match each other. This style is sometimes referred to as “boutique” look, but self-proclaiming definitions aside, it’s about creating the unexpected. It’s about what makes you feel good.
Bold Patterns and Colors
The combination of bold designs and companionable stripes or opposing patterns is a look that’s taken hold in recreating the bedroom’s palette.
With a reworking of color schemes — some based on the bold designs and colors of the 1970s — everything old is new again. These new-again styles (think citron greens and mandarin orange tones) have brought this style forward with better flare and more tasteful fabrics than its predecessors.
On the other end of the flare spectrum, taking a cue from nature, many of today’s bedding styles incorporate bold designs but in patterns of leaves, botanicals and blooms — one of the most arresting looks is the mixing and matching of pillow covers and sheets in opposing hues of the bedspread and layered atop crisp, white sheets. This look conveys the sense of “turn down” service at posh hotels.
Russets, garnet reds, gold and sage tones are popular color schemes, too, which can transport you to tropical places as you drift off to sleep or wake to the first sunny rays of morning light.
Traditional Gets an Upgrade
Patchwork quilts are big again, their traditional, easy style now updated with contemporary designs and, again, bold color. In pure cotton, these quilts are a perfect way to layer for chilly nights with added pizzazz for a contemporary look. Lighter-weight quilted designs work well all year through for regions where temperatures don’t get so cold.
Headboards, too, are becoming a prominent component for inspiring the look and feel of the bedroom. Stylish makeovers of traditional designs range from casual tufted and slip-covered to the more upscale leather and upholstered. The trend here is cushy comfort with thick padding for a soft, dressed-down look, rather than stiff and formal.
Tone-on-tone makes it big in the bedroom. Select color palettes in neutrals or whites to bring ethereal notes of luminous comfort. Layer with like shades a step or two up or down in the palette range. Don’t be afraid to mix patterned and textured pieces of the same color family. This look is especially beautiful against a darker wall color or headboard.
Toile patterns and canvas fabrics in neutral shades soften and keep the overall look from being too formal. Ticking stripe on a headboard pairs well with quilted floral patterns in like colors and hues. When well chosen, stripes and floral patterns mix extremely well together. Tip: combine striped patterns running in the same direction as the ticking on the headboard to create symmetry when combining with patterned designs.
Organics and Textured Fabrics
Organic cotton is a natural choice when it comes to texture and incredible softness, its resulting comfort coming from thousands of threads being woven together for a supple, luxurious feel against the skin. Look for Egyptian cotton or cotton from Portugal, leaders in this enticing export.
Velvets in rich tones are the perfect indulgence in the bedroom. Pair complementing colors when choosing bedspreads, bed skirting and drapes. During warmer months, draw back the drapery with ornamental tiebacks and layer a natural-colored or soft jewel tone curtain sheer underneath to lighten the room.
Textured rugs can add another layer of softness. With the continuing trend of hardwood flooring replacing wall to wall carpeting, area rugs complement the warmth of wooden floors.
Extreme shag carpets in synthetics or chenilles are another comeback item. Norwegian wool is an especially popular choice for softness, especially on a chilly morning.
This item is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to revitalize the bedroom if you can’t afford a whole room makeover.
Heaped on the bed in various sizes, shapes and coordinating colors, pillows alone can add instant cozy chic to the bedroom. Don’t be overly fussy in arranging them, either. Lean them against the headboard in alternating sizes or toss casually alongside one another.
Reversible pillow covers are a practical way to get two looks from one set of items. Many styles feature deeper colors and patterns for winter that can be reversed to a lighter shade or toned-down pattern for spring and summer months when you want to freshen the look of the bedroom.
Experiment and see what you can uncover.