Peaceful, Welcoming, and Functional

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Tired of poor-quality bedding that doesn’t fit your bed? Custom bedding is your answer. Unlike ready-made bedding/bed in a bag, custom-made bedding offers so many options—various patterns, colors, and textures along with trims and accent banding.

Some mattresses are thicker than others. The distance between the box spring and the floor vary, so ready-made bed skirts can be either too short or too long. A custom-made skirt will fit whatever size bed you have, from California king to twin long.

With custom-made bedding, you have your choice of shams, pillows, and many other details. Double shams in two sizes and styles add interest and volume to your bed.

Above: From the Lancaster Parade of Homes, custom bedding and window treatments/swags.

From the Lancaster Parade of Homes, custom bedding and window treatments/swags.


Instead of the traditional rectangular shams, consider euro shams, which are large, square pillows. Accent the bed with a bolster and accent pillows. Pillow designs are endless with shapes, mixes of fabrics, buttons and trims, and accent banding.

A throw over the end of the bed can be a less expensive accent. Throws can add texture and seasonal colors that coordinate with the room’s color and design.

If you like to change the appearance of your room from time to time, consider reversible coverlets, shams, and pillows. Coordinate the style and colors but use light and dark color tones to vary the feel of the room with the changing seasons. Mixing plaids, stripes, geometric patterns, and/or textures adds interest to your room.

If you need to keep the cost low for your bedding, consider a ready-made coverlet with a custom bed skirt and accent pillows that coordinate with your window treatments. It is a great alternative for a custom look without the cost of the custom coverlet. This is also an option for a guest room or a child’s bedroom.
If you need a washable coverlet for your bed, consider a duvet cover in a washable fabric. Remove the duvet insert and wash the duvet cover.

Duvet clips or ties keep the insert from moving and rolling inside the cover. I love to use a heavier or upholstery-weight fabric for the coverlet. It is excellent for wear and tear while looking luxurious.

There are different weights of batting for your coverlet. Some people like to sleep under their coverlet, while others just use it for a beautiful cover, which is removed to sleep.

Upholstered headboards are a great way to add texture to your bedroom. Tufted, shirred banding, channeled, and nail heads are a nice accent for your headboard.

From the Lime Spring Farm Designer Showhouse, custom bedding with canopy framing the headboard.

From the Lime Spring Farm Designer Showhouse, custom bedding with canopy framing the headboard.

Depending on your style, a canopy over your bed is a classic, traditional look.

If you have the space, add a bench at the foot of the bed. A chair with an ottoman or a chaise is another way to add color and fabric to your bedroom. It looks great and has a function.

Instead of having all of your furniture match, consider adding a painted piece of furniture. If you have a matching dresser mirror, think about switching it out for a decorative mirror.

Night stands do not need to match. Add a round table with a skirt that coordinates to your bedding and window treatments.

If you thought that bedding had endless options, window treatment options are also never ending. Do you want room darkening for your bedroom? You can have room-darkening blinds and/or lined, draw draperies that can provide a dark room, which aids some people in achieving better sleep.

What color for the walls? Warm, rich colors are a restful choice for your bedroom. The right paint, faux finishes, or wallpaper will enhance your bedding and window treatments. It is amazing how the wrong wall finish will throw off the room.

Don’t forget the finishing touches of lamps, artwork, accessories, and floral designs. Just like the black dress, you need the right jewelry, purse, and shoes to make your outfit perfect. It is the same for home decorating. You need the finishing touches to add character and personality. Family photos, heirlooms, artwork, and books reflect the person and/or family who live there.

Interior-design specialists can assist you in choosing the best window treatments, bedding, and home décor for your style and budget. We can work your existing décor in with new ideas and tips.BW

Anita Yoder, president of Heritage Design Interiors, has extensive experience with interior/exterior color and design, window treatments, product selections, and finishing touches of accessories for your home or workplace.

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