A Restful Retreat

When Lukus and I were looking for our first bedding set as a couple it was challenging.  We knew we wanted something with both pattern & color (our bedroom is white walled and white carpet and white bedding would have made it feel like we’d been locked up in a psychiatric hospital), something gender neutral (or something we could both identify with) and something with longevity (not something we were going to be sick of in a month).  We spent FOREVER (that is just a rough estimation) looking for the right thing.  And I am glad we did.  Because it’s been over a year now and we both still love the bedding.

The result of months of shopping... photo by Lukus.

I did learn some valuable lessons in the process and I thought I might share them with you.  Trust me, these are invaluable pieces of advice if you are sharing your bed… many a fights can be avoided!!

Here are NoH’s keys to creating a relaxing retreat:

This "Vintage Ticking Stripe Duvet Cover & Sham" from Pottery Barn has classic stripes that never go out of style.

1) Classic Staples: Bedding (like so many things!) can get expensive.  Especially if you are looking for quality bedding that will last.  Go with patterns and style that are classic and not overly trendy.  This is especially true for the major elements- like the duvet and shams.

I love this bird pillow from "Dwell Studio." Also the details in the patterns compliment one another.

2) Details: Have fun with accent pillows.   Add an unexpected throw to the foot of your bed.  If you want to introduce trendier elements do so with items you can change without having to invest in a whole new décor scheme. Any other details should compliment the look as a whole.  Keep the extremes to a minimum. Large patterns should be paired with smaller scale options so that the look isn’t overwhelming.

Kelly Wearstler fo Sferra's "Tides" offers texture both on the pleating of the duvet/shams and the details on the decorative pillows.

3) Texture: Just because you aren’t going crazy with your bedding doesn’t mean it has to be void of personality.  Add visual interest by adding fabrics with different textures (whether real or suggested).  This is a great way of injecting character without assaulting your vision when you first awaken.

The "Cayman" bedding from Calvin Klein is in soft greys, blues, and brown- perfectly relaxing colors.

4) Calming Color: I know the idea of a brightly colored bedroom can be exciting.  However, if your goal is tranquility, colors like red and orange will not aid you.  Don’t get me wrong, I am all for going a little crazy in a guest room (as it is only a temporary sleeping quarter).  But if it is a room where I recover from a hard week (or crazy weekend) it has got to promote serenity.  My suggestion:  pick cool colors.

The pattern is both feminine and masculine on the West Elm "Organic Carved Circle" bedding, perfect for a truce in the bedroom.

5) Appease All Parties: She wants flowers, he wants tartan.  Alright, maybe these are extreme stereotypes, but you get the idea.  Make both parties happy by finding patterns where softer lines are used in a graphic style.  By blowing up or repeating feminine motifs the design suddenly gets an injection of masculinity that appeals to both parties.

(for additional information on the beddings showcased, click on the image)


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