Designer Bedroom Styles

Beds and Linens


Designers have made it exceedingly easy to make a totally coordinated look for the bedroom that's fashionable and up-to-date without becoming terribly expensive. The bed and bath sections of stores also offer the latest in designer coordinates. The basic ensembles have sheets, pillowcases, shams, duvet cover, and bed skirt—in whatever size. Regardless what style you favor, whether it's country ginghams by Martha Stewart, a floral ensemble by Liz Claiborne, or the monochromatic scheme of Calvin Klein, to identify a few, you can buy the complete set in a bag. They take all the guesswork out of the job since they've done all the thinking for you.

Color Explosions

If your style involves tons of colorful florals, you might opt for a Liz Claiborne mix-and-match affair. The set goes with a bed skirt, pillowcases, pillow shams, duvet cover, and draperies or curtains to match. Together with this you will likewise find wallpaper borders. In the bath area, you get the shower curtain, wastebasket, bath mat, towels, tissue-box cover, and toothbrush holder to match.

DIY Customizing

If you find your shower curtain isn't long enough, you can solve the problem by buying an extra single sheet (you are able to get all the items individually) and make the bath curtain from this. Also add an inexpensive, clear shower-curtain liner. To save some money, cut apart an extra pillow case and use the fabric to cover a plain wastebasket and tissue-box cover. You can simply glue it on, and you'll find they look great for a lot less than it would have cost to purchase the prefabricated ones.

Walls to Match

Select one of the colors in a wallpaper border and sponge-paint the walls to have a textured look. This is an excellent do-it-yourself project since it's one of the easiest ornamental paint finishes. Or you can just paint the walls in a color to match.

Alternative Styles

Other retailers that extend preselected, packaged bedding sell fabrics by the yard, so you have several options, especially if you are a do-it-yourselfer and can do basic sewing. Search for inexpensive lamps and lamp shades in colors to match your bedding. Then, applying the same color, paint a border all around the outer edge of the floor. You might find an inexpensive area rug to complete the picture.

Victorian Style

 When your taste runs more towards the all-white Victorian look that may include a canopy bed, search for a pretty white matelasse quilted cover, white ruffled sheets, and lace-edged curtains available. Thrift shops are a fine source of lace nightgowns and doilies that can be cut and made into pillowcases. They are also great for making a skirt to go around an old kidney-shaped dressing table (they are definitely back in style) and another for a lace-edged skirt on the dressing-table stool.

There is nothing more adorable than using shades of white to produce decorative effects on the walls, with the molding painted in a contrasting shade of cream. For utter luxury and elegance, drape a soft wool throw around the foot of the bed.