Projects: Bedtime Stories
At six-plus feet in length and width, a king-size bed
is both seductively roomy and dastardly to dress up. We asked
Ashton-Whyte owner Ellen Yazujian—a linens expert and bed-maker extraordinaire—to help us turn a potentially yawn-inducing rectangle into a cozy, creative spot made up for stylish slumber.
Making the Bed
Buy bedroom furniture in a matching scale. A tiny bedside table or a four-drawer dresser will make your king look bigger than it is.
“Avoid continuous color,” says Yazujian. Mix two or three patterns or textures—silk and matte or pinstripes and polka dots.
A sea of pillows flowing halfway down the bed feels, if you’ll pardon the pun, tired. “Plus, you have to find a place to put all of them every night,” says Yazujian. Instead, layer a pair of European squares behind two king sleeping pillows and a few petite decorative puffs.
Spreading a duvet over the entire bed looks super-comfy,
but for a cleaner, crisper look, layer a cotton coverlet over the top sheet to “make” the bed, and keep your comforter folded in half or thirds at the foot of the bed.
When choosing a bedside table, play with shapes. If your headboard has square edges, opt for a rounder sidekick. A table with taller legs will make the space around a heavy wood headboard seem airy. Or, skip the table all together: Yazujian sometimes subs in a simple rattan basket, where you can hide magazines, reading glasses, books, crossword puzzles.
“It’s important to pay attention here,” Yazujian says. “Instead of
glaring overhead lights, great lamps create a cozy mood. You want to come into an inviting bedroom at night.”