Sleep Tight with These Spring Bed Makeovers

Make over your bed for spring with these two fresh looks—one modern and neutral, one warm and jewel-toned

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GOING FOR GOLD Fino Lino “Reflection Collection” embroidered duvet cover, $1,340, and Euro shams, $200 each; Fino Lino Italian damask coverlet with raised design, $1,440; SDH Pavia Egyptian cotton sateen king flat and fitted sheets, $535 apiece; king pillowcases, $123 apiece; Fino Lino Shimmer standard shams, $175 each; Ann Gish Gold Faux Leather Quilted Boudoir pillow, $100 each; reversible Fino Lino cashmere throw in mink and snow, $2,240, all from The Brass Bed. Photo by Zac Henderson

We spend a third of our life in bed. Don’t we deserve a beautiful one? Molly Myers, co-owner of The Brass Bed, a store founded by her mother, Rosella Louis, offers her top tips:

For inspiration, start with an item you love. “It could be a piece of art, a painting or a vase, but it will reveal a lot about your style and what colors you like.”

Focus on the duvet cover first. “It’s the biggest piece you see, so that is often where you should put the dominant pattern. Then you want to match at least some pieces to it, usually sham covers.”

While picking a fabric for the duvet cover, the biggest mistake customers make is “falling in love with a thick upholstery fabric for the duvet,” she says. “If it’s heavy, it won’t drape as well and will flatten out the down inside. Instead, use that fabric for something like an accent pillow.”

With sheets, focus on quality over looks. “Sheets are what you sleep in, what you feel, so you want to invest in them. You can always change out decorative pillows, but sheets are a staple. When looking for high quality, don’t worry about the thread count; instead, look at what the fiber is. The best is 100 percent Egyptian cotton, and the best of that is Giza Egyptian cotton. Remember that labels can be deceiving; a label may say Egyptian cotton but have only 10 percent Egyptian cotton.”

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IN LIVING COLOR Sferra Dania sateen jacquard duvet cover, $1,220, and Euro shams, $220 each; SDH Sumi king coverlet in indigo yarn-dyed cotton and silk jacquard, $1,640; matching Euro sham, $435; Sferra Classic Indigo 100 percent Egyptian cotton sateen hemstitched sheets and pillowcases, king flat sheet, $435, king fitted sheet, $410, pillowcases, $350 per pair. Kevin O’Brien hand-dyed silk velvet pillows in ombre coral/pink, $370, and gray, $345; Leitner 100 percent Belgian linen standard shams in “blue fog,” $415 each; Leitner 100 percent Belgian 20-inch-by-20-inch pillow in “linen,” $350. Alicia Adams alpaca throw, $445; all from The Brass Bed. Photo by Zac Henderson

Hide your sleeping pillows. “When you sleep on a pillow, it’s not going to look good, no matter what, so hide those wrinkles behind square Euro shams.”

Layer, layer, layer. “In front of the sleeping pillows and the Euro shams that match the duvet, place another set of decorative shams—use an odd number, like one or three—in a different pattern or texture.”

Mix patterns. “We play around with patterns a lot—like mixing stripes or ginghams with florals—but remember that with certain bedding companies, all of their patterns will go well together.”

Don’t scrimp on inserts. “Clients will often say, ‘Why do your beds look so perfect? One reason is that we iron the bedding. But another big thing is that we use good inserts; you never see them, but if you don’t have the right down insert, your bed won’t look fluffy. We sell inserts that are oversized so they don’t shift inside the duvet.”

Paint comes last. “Wait until the bed is done before choosing the wall color.”

THE BRASS BED
3113 E. Third Ave., 303.322.1712 2460
Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303.440.3473

FYI … USE TEXTURE. “The best way to get a good-looking bed is texture—thick weaves, silks, velvets,” says Molly Myers of The Brass Bed. “Even if all of the pieces are the same tone, the bed will look beautiful if there is texture.”

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