Take Notes: 10 Times Real Homes Nailed Bed Styling


Do the impeccably-styled beds in home decor showrooms and magazines make you want to give up on ever making your own bed again, conceding that no real person could ever achieve such perfection on a regular basis? Not only am I asking for a friend, but I have pertinent eye candy, direct from our very own house tours, that prove otherwise. Here are 10 times that real life home owners made their actual beds like bosses.

Caroline and Jayden’s pink-centric ’70s style California home doesn’t lack color. Sticking to a two or three-tone color palette, like the bold blue and pink in this playfully dreamy bedroom, helps pull things together. Here, a freshly-pressed bright blue quilt is topped with a plush vintage blanket at the foot of the bed.

Pillow situation: two standard pillows in beige, two large decorative pillows, and two small textured decorative pillows in a blush hue are stacked upright on top.

The pristine bed in Local and Lejos founder Sheeva Sairafi’s globally inspired California bungalow is equally as stunning as the home’s Spanish-style architecture. Having all white bedding is a versatile choice, as you can make easy changes/updates with smaller accessories. Here, her Seka throw adds a pop of color to crisp, clean, all-white bedding.

Pillow situation: two king size pillows, two standard pillows, and a lumbar pillow are stacked front to back.

In this maximalist style Manhattan apartment, home owner Kari Lopez’s Urban Outfitters duvet is accented with a colorful, highly textured lumbar pillow from Jennifer Harrison.

Pillow situation: two standard white pillows stacked horizontally to prop a the colorful lumbar keep this colorful room looking tidy.

New Yorker Angie teater‘s deep bedroom hues have us recalling her self-proclaimed, “champagne style on a wine budget”. Like a big, bold glass of Bordeaux, Angie’s bed is sultry and sophisticated, with layers of a variety of plush velvety textures.

Pillow situation: Another five-pillower, Angie’s bed has two Euro pillows in velvet shams, two standard pillows in lavender cotton shams, and a decorative pillow, all stacked vertically.

This super fun “Danish Tropical” loft in downtown LA has a killer two-tone color palette and custom headboard. With orange sherbet walls painted the same color as the headboard, a simple white duvet, and monochromatic blue pillows, a staggering six pillows doesn’t feel like overkill.

Pillow situation: two charcoal euro shams, two standard pillows in a muted minty hue, and two square decorative pillows in a pastel blue stacked upright.

Here, this understated bed in a Set Decorator’s Modern Home in a 100-Year-Old Wool Mill is blanketed in soft natural linens. Our favorite part is the pleated beige dust ruffle (making a comeback), which kisses the floor for ultimate casual finesse.

Pillow situation: four standard and one decorative pillows are laid casually on top of a textured gray duvet and topped with a beige wool blanket at the foot.

This designer’s funky London apartment mixes “clashing” colors magenta and orange for a striking focal point that we can’t stop looking at while a velvety headboard softens the vibe.

Pillow situation: two simple standard white pillows propping up two decorative square pillows in a bold pattern.

The bedroom in this woodsy MCM “tear down” home in Northern California contains are highest number of pillows. This perfect mix of country and MCM features streamlined bracket shelving over a cozy bed with seven pillows. Keeping all the bedding in whites makes this piled-high bed inviting and not overwhelming.

Pillow situation: two standard whites, two euros in shams, two queens in shams, and a narrow decorative lumbar.

Perhaps the funnest of the bunch, this vibrant urban jungle paradise promises good times (in a G-rated way, of course). Sexy satin leopard print bedding amongst a jungle of concrete and lush plant life is enough to make you reassess your own (G-rated) bedtime activities. If you’re bed is feeling boring, don’t be afraid to go bold and explore new fabrics, like satin.

Pillow situation: four standard pillows in leopard print satin and one narrow lumbar in gold, all upright as can be.

Last, but not least, we can’t help but be envious of these tiny twins (maybe we can push them together??). It’s no surprise this fun and folksy kids room is found in A Toy Store Owner’s Creatively Collected California Home. Natural textiles in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns are layered on these petite twins with classic bed frames.

Pillow situation: two pillows and adorable floppy rag dolls are the cherry on top of this super sweet bedding.

I know it’s hard enough to get out of bed in the morning, so here’s to hoping these 10 impeccably styled (real life) beds will inspire you to seize your daily bed-making opportunities and find new motivation above and beyond your morning cup!

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