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A Beautiful Bed Awaits! Learn How to Dress a Bed with Shams and Pillows

Would you love to create a dreamy, catalog-style bed ensemble for holiday guests, but you’re just not sure how to start? Dressing the top of the bed doesn’t have to be mystifying. We’re here to sort out shams and pillows so that you can have that guest bed (or your own) looking sweet-slumber-ready.

Prestige Comforter Bedding

SHAMS:

Shams are decorative casings meant to hold your stuffer pillows; stuffers are usually plump and well-filled since they need to sit upright. Standard shams have an interior size of about 20”x26”, and King shams have an interior size of about 20”x36”. European shams have an interior size of about 26”x26”.

How many shams do you need for each bed size?

Twin Option A: one European sham + one standard sham
Twin Option B: one King sham only (to span the width of the bed)
Full: two European shams + two standard shams
Queen: two European shams + two standard shams
King Option A: three European shams + two King shams
King Option B: three European shams + three standard shams

Where do you put shams on the bed?

Think of shams as your decorative foundation. There’s certainly room for you to get creative with their placement; however, if you’re a traditionalist, you’ll want to start with the European shams. Place them upright, side by side, in front of your headboard. Next, layer your sleeping pillows (in their pillowcases) upright in front of the Euro shams. Then position your standard or King shams in front of your sleeping pillows. You’ll follow this layer with decorative pillows (more about those below).

SLEEP PILLOWS:

Sleeping pillows are not ornamental; as their name suggests, they’re meant for you to doze on each night. Sleeping pillows are placed in the pillowcases that you purchase alone or as part of a sheet set.

How many sleep pillows do you need for each bed size?

Twin Option A: one standard pillow
Twin Option B: one King pillow (to span the width of the bed)
Full: two standard pillows
Queen: two standard pillows or two Queen pillows
King Option A: two King pillows
King Option B: three standard pillows

Where do you put sleep pillows on the bed?

The placement of your sleep pillows in the daytime is entirely personal preference; however, you’ll often see sleep pillows “sandwiched” between the European shams and standard or King shams. If you’re not fond of this arrangement, you can stack your sleeping pillows atop each other, then prop decorative shams and throw pillows in front of them.

DECORATIVE ACCENT PILLOWS:

Typically smaller than sham stuffers and sleeping pillows, decorative pillows are the final embellishment for bed displays. Decorative pillows generally come in one of four shapes: square, rectangle, neckroll, or round. There are a multitude of ways you can arrange them.

How many decorative pillows do you need for the bed?

That’s entirely up to you! You might choose solely shams for a minimalist appeal, one or two accent pillows for a spark of color, or several decorative pillows to give your bed a plush look.

If you decide to add decorative pillows to your bed, the general guidelines are as follows:

Twin or Full: one-two accent pillows
Queen: two-three accent pillows
King: three accent pillows

How do you arrange decorative pillows on the bed?

Here are just a few ideas:

Simple and sweet:
Place one accent pillow in front of your shams, right in the middle.

Two together:
Purchase a pair of pillows and place one in front of each sham on Full and Queen beds.

You can adjust this look for a King bed as well. If you have two King shams on the bed, place an accent pillow in front of each and scoot the pillows slightly toward the center of the bed. If you have three standard shams on a King bed, place one accent pillow in front where the first and second shams meet and another accent pillow in front where the second and third shams meet.

Triplets:
On a King bed, place three of the same type of rectangle pillow in the front row, equally spaced.

Mix it up:
On Queen and King beds, place two or three different pillows in the front row. You can overlap them slightly or tuck one behind the others so they’re not side by side.

Exclusive Holiday Bedding New for 2017

Do you sometimes wish that the holiday elves would sneak into your bedroom when you’re not around and transform it into a glorious display straight from the catalog pages? Then the next time you’d walk in, your bedding would be fabulously festive and beautifully coordinated. Even if the elves can’t spare a moment from their toy-making duties, these holiday bed ensembles will still bring you that merry, lavish look in your bedroom—with just a little effort on your part, of course.

New for 2017, these exclusive holiday bedding patterns are only available at Touch of Class®; our in-house designer dreams them up, along with a variety of bed and window coordinates that are sold separately, so you can create your own frothy bed confection accessorized just the way you want it.

Click on the names or images below to view the Christmas bedding ensembles shown, as well as coordinating items from the entire collection.

The Poinsettia Palace holiday bedding ensemble has a champagne faux silk foundation embellished with embroidered designs like poinsettias, berries, holly leaves, pine sprigs, and golden ribbon.

Poinsettia Palace Holiday Bedding

The Holiday Traditions bedding ensemble combines printed poinsettia designs with plaid for contrast. The decorative pillows, sold separately, have embroidered designs on one side and reverse to plaid.

Holiday Traditions Bedding

The Peppermint Dreams bedding ensemble has a bold holiday style with colors of red, green, black, and white. Candy cane motifs and striped designs make this Christmas bed pattern sweet yet sassy. A quilt set and a bedspread are available in this pattern – plus lots of fun accessories.

Peppermint Dreams Holiday Bedding

 

 

Color Feature: Decorating with Cinnabar in Your Home

We’re shining a spotlight on one of our favorite fall colors: cinnabar! This deep red-orange shade can be used all year long, but it’s fabulous in fall as a sophisticated alternative to pumpkin oranges and bright reds. Here are a few ways you can decorate with cinnabar in your home this autumn.

1. Pair solid-color cinnabar curtains with drapes in a compatible color like antique gold, bronze, beige, or brown. Complete the window treatment with matching waterfall valances, then use metal wall art panels at the sides to accent the arrangement in a symmetrical fashion. If you’re feeling adventurous, choose artwork with complementary color pops of golden orange, turquoise, or sage.

2. Drape a furnishing in a sunset-colored furniture protector to keep it looking great and brighten your living room for fall. Hang framed wall art prints in neutral tones over your loveseat or sofa to provide a polished look while keeping the attention on the beautiful sunset hue.

Cinnabar Curtains Sunset Furniture Protector

3. Layer European shams and decorative pillows in ember glow atop your bed to enhance the pattern colors and give your bedroom a luxe look. Place a sleek lamp with a clear glass font on your bedside table and hang a mirrored wall art piece above the headboard for sumptuous appeal.

4. Place plush, solid cinnabar mats on your bathroom floor for cushion underfoot, and choose a toilet lid cover in a matching color for a unified appearance. Then add your classiest bath furnishings in metallics or neutrals, or choose accessories in autumn tones for a full-out fall aesthetic.

Ember Glow Bedding Accessories Cinnabar Bath Mats

Beautiful Fall Finds for Every Room

Wake up to autumn in your bedroom, or bring some fall flair to your dining area! These nature-inspired home accents can be used all year long to infuse your decor with earthy elements, but they’ll be most appropriate during the autumn season. Dappled leaf designs mingle with warm hues and neutral shades for a gorgeous effect.

Click here to view a variety of elegant fall home decor, including the items featured below.

For your dining area:

The Amison Table Linens feature colorful foliage on the face and a checkered pattern on the reverse. Scalloped edges and quilted detailing enhance the table runner and placemats.

For the living room:

The Darent Stained Glass Table Lamp glows with amber and green tones, as well as gem embellishments. Brighten your favorite harvest decor with this pull-chain lamp.

For the bathroom:

The Sheffield Shower Curtain is a medley of block, scroll, and leaf designs, all in a pleasing palette. Coordinating shower hooks with handpainted leaf motifs will leave your bathroom autumn-ready.

For the bedroom:

Soft faux suede provides the cozy foundation for the Leafbrook Comforter Bedding. Appliqued and embroidered leafy vines wind across one side of the face, while channel quilting adorns the other half.

 Amison Fall Table Linens Darent Fall Stained Glass Table Lamp
Sheffield Autumn Shower Curtain Leafbrook Fall Comforter Bedding

Rest Easy! A Guide to Mattress Sizes and Choosing the Right One

Your bed is the foundation of your bedroom, but what size is best? And what is the difference between a King and a California King mattress? Take a look at this primer on bed sizes, and put those questions to rest! Once you’ve found the ideal mattress, you’ll be ready to pick out your dream bedding.

Twin
Standard Twin mattress size: 39”x75”

About Twin beds: This compact mattress is the smallest of the standard mattress sizes, other than crib mattresses. It’s a popular choice for a child or an individual adult with limited bedroom space.

Twin XL
Standard Twin XL mattress size: 39”x80”

About Twin XL beds: A Twin XL mattress is the same width as a standard Twin, but it is 5 inches longer. A Twin XL accommodates a taller youth or adult, and it is commonly found in dorm rooms. A Twin XL is also known as an extended Twin or an extra-long Twin. Look for Twin XL sheets and bedding to accommodate the extra length; pay attention to the mattress depth as well for the best fit.

Full
Standard Full mattress size: 54”x75”

About Full beds: Also known as a Double, a Full mattress is about 15” wider than a standard Twin. It provides a single sleeper with more space to sprawl out from side to side.

Queen
Standard Queen mattress size: 60”x80”

About Queen beds: The most common size for a master bedroom, the Queen mattress is designed for a couple and provides each person with about 30” of personal space.

King
Standard King mattress size: 76”x80”

About King beds: A King mattress is the same length as a Queen mattress, but it is about 16” wider. A King mattress provides a couple with plenty of personal sleeping space—just be sure to check your bedroom dimensions to make sure that it will fit.

California King
Standard California King mattress size: 72”x84”

About California King beds: Despite what you might think, a California King mattress is not wider than a King. A California King is actually 4” narrower and 4” longer than a standard King. If you are very tall, or if your bedroom is especially long, a California King mattress might be best for you. Keep in mind that you’ll want to look for California King sheets and bedding.

Decorating Tip: Use Pairs to Create Symmetry in Home Decor

Do you have your eye on a beautiful lamp, wall sconce, or accent mirror? Purchase a pair instead of just one and use it to create a symmetrical display! If you’ve been wanting to foster a greater sense of balance in your home, while promoting an ambience of serenity and stability, you’ll love this decorating principle.

Here are just a few home accents that lend themselves to symmetrical displays:

  • accent chairs
  • floor sculptures
  • mirror panels
  • pendant lights
  • planters
  • table lamps
  • topiaries
  • wall art panels
  • wall sconces

Take a look at how pairs can be used to give a calming touch to a room or outdoor area:

Create a cozy gathering spot with matching upholstered accent chairs and a round coffee table.

Cassidy Chair Pair
Make any entryway a grand one with two handsome floor sculptures and a slice mat.

Lions at Guard Sculptures
Enhance your favorite theme by placing metal wall art panels beside complementary curtain panels.

Paradise Leaf Grommet Curtain Panels
Beautify an elegant window treatment with the addition of old-fashioned hurricane sconces.

Jordyn Olivia Window Treatment
Embellish a bare wall in a kitchen nook by displaying two or more square wall grilles.

West Albany Counter Furniture
Amplify an already-luxe bedding ensemble by hanging two ornate mirrored panels on the wall.

Bellamy Comforter Bedding

Display a double dose of symmetry with table lamps and accent mirrors over a console table.

Clover-Shaped Mirrors and Table Lamps

Spring Color Pairings to Try in Home Decor

Those tender shoots of grass, that brilliant yellow daffodil… Nature is reinventing itself, urging you to do the same. If you’d like your home decor to bloom in unexpected ways this spring, just try one of these fabulous color pairings!

Gray + Yellow

Sophisticated yet fresh, gray and yellow complement each other beautifully.

Grand Marigold Gray and Yellow Rug Sunnyside Gray and Yellow Bedding

Variations:
Beige and gray create a soothing ambience.
Buttery yellow and pale gray have a soft, classic appeal.

Click here for home decor in gray and yellow, plus variations in similar colors.

Aqua + Pink

As if picked from a fantasy garden, aqua and pink revive any space with a sense of whimsy.

Rose Garden Aqua and Pink Bedding Watercolor Butterfly Aqua and Pink Wall Art

Variations:
Teal and crimson effuse a dreamy vintage aesthetic.
Turquoise and coral make a coastal setting pop.

Click here for home decor in aqua and pink, plus variations in similar colors.

Green + Purple

Romantic and timeless, green and purple will sweep you away to a country meadow.

Les Fleurs Mulberry Rose Wall Mirror Blossom Lavender Bedspread

Variations:
Mulberry and sage radiate a dusky splendor.
Lilac and soft green have a sweet pastel charm.

Click here for home decor in green and purple, plus variations in similar colors.