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If we're being honest, we tend to keep our Comforter/Duvet Sets for much too long without changing them. When we're stuck with the same bedding, we're stuck with the same drab look.
Beyond the bedding color, pattern and design, there are certain items that can give your bedroom a pick-me-up.
Below are a list of basic items or variations of them that you'll need in order for your bed to look like a high priced decorator assembled it.
Duvets Versus Comforters - Which One is Better?
With a Duvet, you buy the fluffy insert separately and it's the quality fluffiness that gives your bed it's professional look. The benefit of buying an insert separately is that you can choose one that's long lasting and of higher quality: The higher the quality the longer it will stay fluffy.
Since it's an insert, you can change the actual duvet cover, and thus the look of your room, anytime you want.
Next you'll want duvet clips to secure the Insert to the Cover so it's free of lumps, bumps and wrinkles.
Comforters are all-in-ones, in that the comforter and insert are one piece thus eliminating the need to buy an insert or duvet clips. Also, they usually come with pillowcases, a comforter, a bed skirt and sometimes bed sheets.
However, the downside to a comforter is that if the quality is lower (and many times they can be), it will lose it's fluffiness and start to look flat on the bed (like a bed sheet does).
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A flat comforter will take away from that professional look you're going for, unless of course you're aiming for a simple almost Japanese look to your room.
Pillows Finish the Bed's Look:
Have you noticed that a bed with a duvet or comforter looks decoratively unfinished with only two pillows on the bed? Especially on a king size bed.
To give a bed that professional decorator look, you'll want to have at least four standard or king size pillows, and then finish the pillow-look with a few decorator pillows.
Bolsters also work. They're a long oval pillow you can use against the bed frame or the wall for the other pillows to lean against.
They do exactly what their name says, 'they bolster' the pillows in front so you have a fuller look of pillows on the bed. If you don't have a bed frame, they're also a way to get pillows off the wall. However, even if I have a bolster, and I do, I still use 4 pillows.
Make sure the pillows are fluffy as well. Flat, over-used pillows will make the bed look drab. So if your pillows aren't fluffy and you can't go out and buy more, put two old pillows, or even three old pillows inside one pillowcase. I've done this several times and it works well.
I've overstuffed the pillowcases at the back, and put two new fluffy pillows at the front. That way I only had to buy two new pillows instead of four, saving a bit of cash while still maintaining that fluffy full look.
Either they can exactly match the duvet or they can be complimentary in pattern and color to the duvet.
Bed Sheets - They Don't Have to Match the Duvet or Comforter
This is misunderstood by many bed makers.
If you already own bedsheets that are complimentary to the duvet/comforter set you purchased, then use them!
That way you can focus on buying the most important elements to making your bed look professional: A high quality duvet insert, duvet clips and at least four pillows, decorator cushions and a bed skirt if you don't already have one.
Use an existing bed skirt if you have one that's complimentary! Again, it doesn't have to match exactly.
- You have your fluffy bedding - either a comforter set or a duvet set with a quality insert and duvet clips
- You've got a bed skirt to hide the box spring
- You've got at least four standard (or King) pillows and a couple of decorative pillows.
However, Making the Bed is Where it Will Get that Final Professional Look:
- Fold down the top part of the duvet so the reverse side is showing by about six to twelve inches. You can even fold it down a couple of feet if you have a lot of pillows and you want some of the bed sheets exposed because of their design and quality. However, the standard fold down of the top portion of the duvet/comforter is about one foot.
- Pull the wrinkles out of the comforter/duvet
- Make sure the comforter/duvet is even all the way around
- Details matter, don't let the bed sheets hang past the duvet cover/comforter on the sides or ends. If they're too long, tuck them in
There you have it! Think fluffy and you'll nail it.
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