17 Cozy, Chic, and Low-Lift Bedding Ideas and Tips to Try in 2023 – House Beautiful

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Bedding sets the whole mood for your bedroom, so your bedding ensemble needs to be both comfortable and stylish. The best thing about bedding is that it’s an easy way to make an impactful upgrade! In less than an hour, you can completely transform your bedroom just by styling your pillows differently. But when it comes to styling your bed, there are tons of directions you can take. So start by asking yourself, “Am I a maximalist or minimalist, or something in-between? Do I love cuddling up with tons of throw pillows or will that make my room feel cramped?” To help you answer those questions, we’re presenting you with over a dozen inspiring bedrooms so you can see examples and choose your favorite(s) to guide your own bedding makeover.
Whether you want to give your primary bedroom an overhaul or you need some ideas to take a guest bedroom up a notch, or your kids are growing up and want bedding that looks more chic and adult, we’ve got you. So, keep reading to find 17 bedding ideas and styling tips from our favorite designer spaces.
A hotel stay prompted the shift to a “moodier” look for the store owner, Ariene Bethea, of Dressing Rooms Interiors Studios. She found the Suzani quilt on ETSY and decided on a low-profile look by only using bolster pillows to not block the headboard. She also draped the bold Suzani cover over the pillows.
Studio Monroe created an elegant bedroom that focuses on a black-and-white color palette. To recreate this look, mix different textures and patterns like a mohair or cashmere throw, charcoal quilt, and lattice on the accent pillow. Using black large euro pillows helps bring depth to the traditional white and black border sheet set, too.
In this bedroom, the pillows are stacked flat in a pile and then blocked by two large euro shams with custom monograms. This is a great formula for anyone who appreciates a dapper and polished bedroom with a dash of energizing fun spliced in vis-a-vis an end blanket and wild curtains.
Designer Scott Meacham’s bedroom features warm colors and traditional tartan and tweed fabrics but with a spin. Don’t be afraid to mix and match floral and plaid patterns together. With the right layering and color mapping, it can add the perfect mix of feminine and masculine moods. Keep your layers to a minimum, so the blanket and accent pillow stand out, and don’t forget to consider surrounding items, like an elaborate rug or upholstered headboard.
In this itsy bitsy guest room corner, the twin-sized bed is covered in a neat pink matching sheet set and a lightweight uncovered down quilt is rolled up at the foot for extra warmth. Simple and charming!
Designer Betsy Burnham wanted to turn up the color of her guest bedroom. “We turned a vibrant vintage wedding quilt into a headboard,” she shared with House Beautiful. Bring a personal touch to your bedding by re-purposing something you already own.
Linen is a breathable fabric that’s soft to the touch and naturally creates comfortable wrinkles for a lived-in look. Mix and match earth tones, and lay pillows flat for a super easy-going, effortless look. Fiona Lynch designed this bedroom, which is the perfect blueprint for high-end and crisp yet grounded linen bedding design.
This crisp white bedding gets a makeover with blue scalloped edging on the shams and duvet. It’s amazing how a little trim detailing can change the entire look. It’s perfect for a coastal home, too. If you like the look but want to lean a little less preppy, contrast for bold, modern accents.

All-white bedding makes you feel like you are at a five-star hotel at home. Your bedroom will have a clean, minimalist look, and if you want a pop of color, add an accent pillow.
Designer Lee Stanton draped an indigo patchwork throw over an untucked top sheet and then piled on throw pillows created with the same dying technique for a cohesive yet layers and unique whole. The patchwork and indigo decor speak to the abstract paints animating the walls but contrast the warm tones for a cool accent.
Neutral bedding can create calmness in the bedroom. You can also inject some pattern play by mixing stripes and subtle patterns. The key to keeping the look classy is to mix three or more patterns, and each one is a different size.
Designer Lindsey Coral Harper wanted to create a graphic punch for this bedroom. She sourced custom bedding from Julia B. to create monogrammed pillowcases with a bold red border and geometric patterned sheet set underneath.
Interior designer Amanda Lindroth wanted to create a statement bedding for this wrought-iron Italian Campaign Canopy bed by pairing it with hand-printed fabric by John Robshaw. The matching floor-to-ceiling drapes and matching bedding makes bedtime feel like a fairytale.
In this tiny guest bedroom, the patterned daybed gives off soothing lavender vibes. The aubergine mohair throw, matching window treatment and bolster, and a subtle hint of purple in the stripe Euro shams pull it all together.
Designer Vern Vip never shies away from patterns. The greek key pattern is on the trim of the bedding and the accent pillows. And the tiger motif is everywhere. This maximalist bedding is full of design inspiration for a bold look in your bedroom.
A lightweight option to add personality to your bedding is a quilt. The Kantha quilt is made from remnants from old fabrics and repurposed as a new blanket. Pair it with bold color accent pillows to complete the look. When planning out your pillowscape, play with the size of each pillow, and look for colors that work well together.
If your bed needs a boxspring, and you need a stylish way to cover it up, use a bed skirt in a pop of color for an unexpected look.


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