After years spent as a home stylist for countless magazine shoots, catalogs, ad campaigns and more, Eddie Ross knows a thing or two about creating a picture-perfect bedroom. So we headed to Edgewood Hall, Ross’s house in Pennsylvania, to find out some of his tried-and-true tricks for building a bed that’s as chic as it is comfy.
Start with a blank canvas.
Invest in a good set of white sheets, which will work with any type of decorative bedding. “I like to use a white fitted sheet and shams as a base and then add in color,” says Ross, who used Peacock Alley linens in his own master bedroom.
Bring in color with a flat sheet.
A patterned flat sheet adds interest. Make sure to put it top-side down so that when it’s folded over, you see the good side!
A coverlet works best for warm sleepers.
If you tend to heat up during the night, you might not need anything heavier than a cotton coverlet. Layer it on top of the flat sheet. TREVOR DIXON PHOTOGRAPHY ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
Get your hospital corners crisp.
Tuck everything in, then fold hospital corners (follow the instructions at Lifehacker). This old-school trick will make any bed look infinitely more tailored.
Add a duvet for extra warmth.
Like to keep the thermostat low? (Or just want to feel like you’re sleeping under a cloud?) A fluffy duvet will keep you toasty all night. Keep it folded in thirds at the bottom of the bed; if you’re feeling chilly, a quick pull will bring it to the top of the bed.
Place shams in the back…
Having shams behind your sleeping pillows provides extra support for when you want to sit up and read (or binge Netflix) in bed. They can also be more decorative than your usual pillowcases, since they don’t need to be laundered as often.
…then standard pillows.
Ross used patterned pillow cases to match the top sheet. “It’s another opportunity to bring in color,” he explains.
Finally: Go to town with throw pillows!
Square, rectangular, or bolster, patterned or plain, decorative pillows add extra oomph to your bed. When you’re ready to change up your look, simply swap them out to create a totally new color story. Ross’s key rule for proper styling: always go largest in the back to smallest in the front.