Tips on how to give your bed with a touch of luxury

Tips to make a luxurious hotel bed in your own home. Picture: Shutterstock.
Tips to make a luxurious hotel bed in your own home. Picture: Shutterstock.

Hate to brag, but we have been told we are pretty good in the bed department, so let's break it down and make us all bedroom bosses.

We can all make a stunning statement with our bed dressing with a little effort and some simple steps.

First tip, size is important, so go up a size in your duvet. For a queen bed use a king sized duvet, it creates better coverage and feels more luxurious and generous. The same goes for the top sheet, they never seem wide enough, particularly with mattresses getting thicker. We know it's more expensive to buy top and bottom sheets separately, but you'll forgive us for spending extra every time you make the bed.

OK, let's start dressing the bed. Fitted sheet on, top sheet on and tucked in at the foot end only, and don't fold it down at the bedhead end (just yet), pull it all the way up. Lay your duvet over the bed and just like the top sheet, pull it all the way to the top and don't fold it down. Now it's time to start building the layers.

Approximately a third of the way down the bed from the bedhead we lay our first throw. You don't have to add any more throws, although for texture we often use up to three, but that's about the limit. If you are adding multiples, go for different textures like linens, waffles, and weaves, start with your first one and overlap each heading up towards the bedhead.

Next, fold the duvet only down to slightly overlap the throw. This creates the layered effect from each throw with the duvet being the highest layer. Pull the top sheet over the duvet but not totally covering it, we want to create another layer and texture here too.

The space between the bedhead and the duvet needs to be big enough to accommodate the thickness of a bed pillow laying flat - we're not laying the pillows flat, this is just to give you an idea of the space.

We prefer either three standard pillows standing up between the bedhead and the folded duvet or a European pillow and two standards.

But we recommend having no less than two pillows otherwise it won't feel luxurious.

To finish off we are adding a maximum of four decorative cushions, and they can either be placed symmetrically or if you want it to feel more relaxed go asymmetrical. Colour is up to you, but it must tie into your theme for the room. We love using crisp white linen as a base.

For one, it always comes up fresh and clean with a good soak, but also allows you flexibility to change up the palette with the change of seasons.

If you're bringing in a new colour into the room, use it twice, like with a cushion and throw, it will anchor it and not leave it hanging out there alone.

Have fun with it and make it a peaceful haven for happy dreams.

This story Making an impression in the bedroom first appeared on The Canberra Times.