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Dress up your bed in style

Some simple ways to give your bedroom an instant makeover.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2011 01:05 IST
Priyanka Monga

Whether it is a lavish four-poster, edgy low rise or a king size bed, dull beddings can kill the mood of your bedroom. However, you don’t need to shift, change or rebuilt your furniture for an instant new look. Simply, dressing up your bed can bring in the required zing to the atmosphere of your bedroom. Nupur Gupta of Alchemy says, “It is a very effective way to change and enhance the mood of your bedroom since it’s not always possible to replace the furniture and decor items.”So, plan a bedding range, complete with a bedspread, matching or contrasting duvet, cushion and pillow covers and comforters for a relaxing yet decorative feel.

Pick the trend
Selection of your bedding set completely depends upon your choice and the rest of the décor of your bedroom. Gupta opines, “Self on self is an eternal trend for beddings with splashes of buttercup yellow and mint green, which are also the colours to look out for this summer.”

Mandeep Housego of Shades of India suggests, “For summers, make sure that the bedding style is minimalist yet striking.”

Monotones: This look can be very beautiful when varying shades of the same colour are used for the entire bedding range. Introduce textures and ornamentation only through cushion covers, if at all.

Prints: The Spring Summer bedding collections are replete with prints. From floral, stripes, checks, psychedelic to geometrics, these are great options for your daily usage. But make sure to not go overboard with prints and mix and match plain coloured cushions covers and duvets with your printed bed sheets or vice-a-versa.

White on white: If you prefer the spa and resort style bedding then team up crisp white bed linens with cushion covers, pillow covers, comforters in same white shade with self prints on them. Replace satin finish or embellished ones for special evenings.

Embellished: Your love for embellishments such as embroidery, appliqués, sequins or mirror work can be translated through your bedspreads too. These are more suitable when you have an occasion at home and may be replaced with the regular bed linens before your crash.

Bedding basics
Starting point: Before you lay the fancy bedding, make sure to cover the mattress with a fitted sheet. Fitted sheets are used to fit tightly over a mattress over which you spread your bed linen.

Careful selection: From fabric quality to colour fast guarantee, you need to be sure of what you buy. Purchase products which are maintainable, washable and don’t need dry-cleaning every week. Housego opines, “Look for fabrics that are strong and soft. The strength of the densely woven fabric will ensure it withstands rough usage and is comfortable and soft at the same time.”

Places to buy: If your pocket does not allow you to afford expensive branded bedding range, then head straight to Sarojini Nagar and Lajpat Nagar markets. You can pick good quality and branded (if you are lucky) bed sets or mix and match according your choice. The furnishings at export-quality home décor shops are available here at throw away prices.

Historical trivia: The beds of the Roman Empire were decorated with paint, bronze, silver, jewels and gold. And during the Renaissance, beds or mattresses were covered with silks, velvets and satin. If this excites you, you can follow suit too.