Design Guide: Creating grandeur in the bedroom

When creating a master suit we are often asked how does one create grandeur and ensure the room takes on that luxurious hotel feel. The answer is the bed. Ensuring the largest most important piece of furniture in the room is the main focal point involves building up a number of layers with fabrics and textures and creating an inviting yet sophisticated showpiece. We have created tips and guidelines for creating a bed fit for a showroom or hotel suite. Follow our guide to create your stylish and comfortable master bed.

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Items required in the building of the bed.

1. OXFORD PILLOWCASE
A pillowcase with a loose flat hem (flange) around its perimeter.

2. EUROPEAN SQUARE PILLOWCASE
A 65cm x 65cm pillowcase usually propped up at the very back of a pillow arrangement.

3. ACCENT CUSHIONS
Varying in size, accent cushions are ideal for bringing colour and pattern to plain bedding and add interesting layers.

4. DUVET COVER
A removable bed linen designed to protect duvets from being soiled.

5. FLAT SHEET
A plain sheet used between a covered mattress and duvet cover to save laundering bedding too often. Can also be used as a bottom sheet.

6. FITTED SHEET
Specially sewn and shaped to the form of your mattress including elasticated corners. Opt for an extra deep version if using a mattress topper.

7. THROW
Usually a knitted throw used for both decoration and extra warmth. Most commonly placed at the foot of the bed as a runner.

8. VALANCE
Designed to fit between a bed frame and mattress to conceal the box spring base or frame. These can be decorative or made from the same fabric as a room’s curtains or the bed’s headboard.

– HOUSEWIFE PILLOWCASE A standard 50cm x 75cm pillowcase in which the pillow fills the entire case. Often the preferred design for sleeping on.
– BOUDOIR PILLOWCASE A 30cm x 45cm pillowcase which coordinates with the style of the rest of the bed linen and used for decoration.
– BEDSPREAD A padded and quilted bed cover used as a lighter alternative to a duvet.
– MATTRESS TOPPER OR FEATHERBED Similar in structure to a duvet and usually made using feather or down, a mattress topper gives a bed an extra comfortable finish. Designed to be placed between your mattress and fitted or flat sheet.

STYLES
THE HOTEL LOOK
Many people enjoy the simplicity of plain, crisp white bedding (a look much loved by the hospitality industry). Subtle patterns can be introduced through weaving techniques and interesting stitching. This is a great look for timeless elegance – a pure white bed will always look chic.

POPS OF COLOUR
For those wanting to create a bit of drama, bedding is a great way to introduce pattern and colour into a room. It’s not as permanent as wall colours or upholstery so it’s easy to change season to season, year to year, giving your room a different look each time.

SIZING
Industry insiders will tell you that just because your bed is a certain size doesn’t mean you are obliged to buy bedding for that size. A clever trick is to go up a size – this makes the bed look fuller and gives it that hotel look. As an example, a UK double bed (135 x 190 centimetres) looks extra plush when dressed with king size pillows. Going up a size in a duvet cover also gives extra drape.

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METHOD
Step 1. First, add a mattress topper for additional comfort.

Step 2. Then fit the bottom sheet, pulling as taut as possible. A fitted sheet can be used for ease but a flat sheet works equally well – just remember it needs to be tucked in with “hospital corners”.

Step 3. Shake and fluff your duvet beforehand to eliminate lumpiness. Insert your duvet into its cover. Remember to take each of the duvet’s corners right into the corners of the duvet cover so that there are no floppy corners.
Some like to use a top flat sheet as well as a duvet. This system is often used in hotels and at home it does save laundering the duvet cover so often. The combination of a thinner bedspread and sheets are used in hotter climates where a duvet might be too hot.

Step 4. Next, pillows. Fill each pillowcase with the relevant pillow size. For a perfectly smooth and even fill, fold your pillow in half to get into into the sham and then fix each corner perfectly into the corner of the sham. For Oxford pillows, starch the flange to make them stand upright – this is a trick used by hotels and department stores and gives your bed a professional look. Start at the back with two European cushions, then add a row of Oxford pillows and lastly a row of housewife pillows. Finish off with a small boudoir pillow in the centre or a trio of accent cushions (or both!)

Step 5. Add a bedspread or throw as a decorative feature and to add another warm layer. Fold from half way down the bed to allow part of the duvet cover to show. Your bedspread should coordinate appropriately with the rest of the bedding even if it’s not from the same range. Think about using different textures here too – “nubbly” or boucle wovens, jacquards, silk, or embroidery – depending on the look you want to achieve.

Step 6. Observe the beauty of your perfect, newly made bed.

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