Designer Lauren Stimpson-Oviatt says just take off the heaviness by just dressing your bed differently, and substituting a few key pieces in lighter shades and textures.
• To get the ‘hotel look’, simply fold your fitted sheet down over your coverlet or duvet – it adds instant appeal and shows off a great pattern or color underneath.
• Pare down the pillows! Instead of layering lots of small decorative pillows on the front of the bed, choose one or a few ‘statement’ pillows that are larger in scale. They’ll stand alone and cut your time making the bed in half!
• Another option: Fold a heavy coverlet at the base of the bed. Layer a light quilt or textured blanket across the main area of the bed.
• Whites and creams are the best neutral! They’ll match anything and are the first step toward brightening the bed.
• Don’t be afraid to mix stripes and florals – just keep your color palette in mind and have fun experimenting with the things you love!
• A light palette doesn’t necessarily mean a feminine palette. Look for linen and cotton fabrics blends with a more tailored design like box pleats, pillows with minimal fringe, sheets and duvets with stitch detailing instead of added ruffles.
Lauren Stimpson Oviatt
Oviatt-Pratt & Associates
Interiors & Design