Easy Bedroom Makeover: How To Style A Bed Step By Step

Transform your bed from boring to beautiful in seven simple steps. We’ll show you how to style a bed like a pro using tactics like ‘hospital corners’ and ‘taut top sheets,’ as well as enhance your bed with the rich, luxurious textures found in RJ Eagar’s range of bed linen, cushions, and throws.
These are the seven steps you need to master if you want a bed that looks like it’s straight out of a luxury hotel or from Pinterest.

Step 1: Pick A Colour Scheme

Think about the mood you’re going for and pick a colour scheme to match it.

  • Do you want an upbeat and energising vibe? Go for bright colours like yellows, as shown here in this gorgeous floral bed setup featuring the Ashanti Duvet Set.
  • Prefer something calming and serene? Soft pastel shades and neutrals are your best bet. Take inspiration from this natural-toned Laundered Linen Qn Bedspread Set.

Once you’ve decided on the type of vibes you like, choose one or two primary colours and about three accent hues to create your colour harmony. They need to complement each other and flow together naturally. Mixing and matching bed linen, cushions, throws, and duvet sets can give your bedroom a stylish and coordinated vibe! It’s a fun way to create a cohesive and trendy look.

What are the best colours to use for bed styling?

The best colours for bed styling are ones that create a relaxing and comforting vibe that promotes better sleep. Soft, natural and neutral colours like whites, creams, and beiges are the best as they help promote sleep. Try to avoid dark greys and browns as they are found to ‘evoke feelings of uncertainty‘.

Also, stay clear from overly vibrant shades like oranges and reds as they are too stimulating and disruptive for a peaceful night’s sleep. In fact, red has been found to increase your fight-or-flight instinct, which can lead to stress and low-quality sleep.

Step 2: Add Height and Elegance With Headboard

The headboard (a.k.a bed head) is a simple yet powerful decor piece that can transform your bed from basic to beautiful. A well-chosen headboard instantly adds an element of height and class, drawing the eye upwards and making the room look larger.

Selecting the ideal headboard involves considering its:

  • Size: Depending on your bed’s size – single, double, queen or king
  • Setup: Freestanding, bed frame mounted or wall mounted.
  • Material: Wooden, metal, rattan, upholstered or leather
  • Design: modern with clean lines, traditional with upholstery and intricate design, slatted or panelled.

RJ Eagar’s bedroom furniture collection feature a diverse range of headboards that cater to different tastes and styles. Here’s a few of our most popular headboards:

  • Tip: Accentuate your bedhead by including wall art or a mirror above it. This creates a focal point and can make even a small bedroom feel more spacious.

Step 3: Choose Quality Bed Linen

If you want a good night’s sleep, investing in good-quality linen can be one of the best decisions you can make. Your bedding can have a direct impact on both how long and how well you sleep each night. Natural fibres like cotton, bamboo and linen are recommended as they have excellent breathability and contribute to sleep comfort.

When shopping for bed linen, look out for the ‘thread count’ – the higher the thread count, the better quality because the higher thread count typically indicates a softer and more durable fabric. The optimal count is between 200 to 300.

RJ Eagar stocks a range of high-quality Manchester bedding, including duvet covers, bedspreads, sheets and pillowcases, and mattress protectors. You’ll find 1000 thread count cotton sheets, 100% Pure linen bedspreads and ultra-soft pillows that feel like marshmallows because they are filled with feather and down. Here are a few of our best-selling bedding products to get you started on your bed styling journey.

Step 4: Pick a Reversible Duvet Cover To Switch Up The Look

Reversible duvet covers are a fantastic solution if you like variety in your bed styling. By simply flipping the duvet cover, you can completely refresh the look and feel of your room! They feature two distinct designs on each side, usually a printed pattern on one side and a solid colour on the other, which allows you to easily switch between a more vibrant or a more subdued look.

When you change sides, consider changing up your pillow arrangements or adding a new throw blanket to match. This can help create a cohesive, well-thought-out look.

Step 5: Incorporate a Throw Blanket for Extra Warmth

Throw blankets are more than just a functional item; they bring texture, colour and, most importantly, warmth to your bed. After you’ve secured your duvet in place, the next step is to dress it up. A great way to do this is by incorporating a stylish and cosy blanket from our throw collection.

Throws can be draped over the end of the bed or folded neatly along the foot. They serve a purpose while adding an extra layer of aesthetic appeal. Mixing different textures and patterns can add visual interest to a bed. Layering different textures, such as a chunky knit throw over crisp cotton sheets, can add depth to a bed.

Feeling chilly? Pull the throw blanket up. Hot summer night? It perfectly complements the crisp, cool sheets underneath. It’s a comfort agent and a style statement all rolled into one! Choose from these six best-selling throws at RJ Eagar to enhance your bed’s cosy appeal and stylish look.

Step 6: Use Decorative Pillows and Cushions to Enhance the Bed

Adding cushions to a bed can create a layered and inviting look, but they need to be arranged in a way that complements the size and shape of the bed. At RJ Eagar, you’ll find a beautiful selection of cushions in various shapes, sizes, and designs. These can add a pop of colour or texture to your bed, enhance its visual appeal, and provide additional comfort.
Remember, there’s no hard and fast rule, but generally, starting from the biggest to the smallest, layer your cushions at an angle against your pillows for that perfect ‘magazine’ style look.
Here are a few cushions to inspire,

Step 7: Add Finishing Touches: Bed Skirts And Hospital Corners…

Layering different bedding elements, such as sheets, blankets, and duvets, can add depth, cosiness and style to a bed, but with these few finishing touches like bed skirts and perfecting your hospital corners, you can truly elevate your bedroom aesthetic.

Bed skirts: Hides the base of the bed and adds a polished look.

Hospital corners: Fold and tuck your sheets neatly at the corners to get a uniform look. It’s the same technique used in hospitals, hence the name.

Turn down the bed: This is a traditional way to show off your sheets and blankets. All you need to do is fold down the duvet or comforter to reveal your beautifully layered bedding, creating an inviting and luxurious atmosphere in your bedroom.

Now that we’ve looked into those seven steps of styling a bed, let’s dive into some frequently asked questions about trends and styles to make your bed stand out.

What are some popular bed styling trends?

Popular bed styling trends include the use of:

  • floral prints for a touch of nature
  • feature headboards to make a statement
  • calming colour schemes to create a peaceful atmosphere
  • the timeless appeal of checks and stripes for a classic touch

These elements offer diverse options to enhance the aesthetics of your bedroom and reflect your personal style.

Are there any specific considerations for styling a small bedroom?

Styling a small bedroom requires a thoughtful approach. Choose light, neutral colours to create a sense of space, use multi-functional bedroom furniture to maximise storage, and keep decor minimal to avoid clutter. Use mirrors to add depth, and consider vertical storage solutions to make the most of your limited space

How can I style a bed for different seasons?

Styling your bed for different seasons is easy with a few key tips.

Decorative pillows and throws in seasonal motifs can add a seasonal touch without a full bedding overhaul.
Now that you’ve got the inside scoop on how to style your bed like a pro, it’s time to bring your vision to life. Don’t wait around; check out our wide collection of bedspreads, duvet covers, cushions and throws, pillows and sheets and pillowcases. Both functional and chic, our range is sure to impress. Start experimenting with our exciting variety today and transform the look of your bedroom!