5 Ways to Brighten Your Bed

November 05, 2013

I’ve lived with a neutral palette in my bedroom for years, but I’m drawn to the idea of adding more color with layered bedding in bright patterns in my new Chicago home. I prefer a mix of fun textiles from different sources and I’m taking a cue from these bedrooms and their coordinated cheerful patterns. Here are five different examples to help brighten your bed with stylish combinations of colorful linens.

Jazz up a neutral tan coverlet and white sheets with a duvet cover or comforter in a vivid colorful patterned textile and pair it with matching shams. As a finishing touch, add a punchy graphic bolster accent pillow that coordinates with the playful palette.


Be bold with a floral pillowcase or striped bedskirt and balance with simpler or smaller scale botanical fabrics and basic stripes in complementary colors with the duvet cover, comforter, sheets, and shams.

layered bedding


Stripes and botanical motifs are a no fail combination. Use one fabric to set the palette for the bed (the shams) then add layers of linens and accessories in delicate and bold patterns (the lumbar pillow, the coverlet, the rug, the lamp) that play off those hues.

mixed floral and striped bedding


Choose analogous colors for a more soothing and less graphic approach to mixing your bed linens. You can freely partner different styles in both large and small scale repeats when you stick with a singular palette.

layered blue bedding


If you love the idea of adding more color but prefer less pattern in your bedding, shop for white hotel style linens with a bright border. Solid color accent pillows retain the simplicity of the look and still provide that desirable pop of color.

white bedding colorful trim


What style of bedding are you drawn to, more neutral linens or the brighter patterns seen above? If you’re on the hunt for a new set, check out the bedding collections at BH&G shop for even more ideas sure to help you brighten your bedroom with colorful linens.

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