How to make your bed like a stylist

Ever wanted to recreate the effortlessly-chic beds you see on Instagram, but don’t know where to start? There are lots of tricks stylists use to entice you into snuggling between the sheets - here's how to get the look at home.

From throw cushions to oversized doonas and perfectly styled bedside tables, Matt Blatt’s resident stylist Judyta Hulme shares her top tips to transform your bed from drab to fab in a flash.

Pillow play

Much as it may look random, there’s a secret to styling pillows and cushions on your bed.

Start by propping the pillows you sleep on against the headboard or wall. Then, lean two (three for King-sized beds) European pillows against those and finally add your smaller decorative throw cushions in front.

The European pillows will add height, while the smaller cushions in the front are the features to play with and interchange when you feel the need to freshen things up.


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For a plush, plump, lofty look, invest in a downy mattress topper and buy a doona one size above what you actually need – so a king-sized doona for a queen-sized bed – so you can drape it down the sides.

You can also use shams instead of standard pillowcases or European pillows to add texture and a touch of luxe.

A throw, comforter or bed runner draped across the foot of the bed is another essential tool to break up the bed.


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Toy with texture, colour and shape

The bed is the ideal spot to play with texture – and it’s the simplest way to achieve that cosy, inviting look we all love. From a quilted velvet coverlet to faux fur throws or fringed cushions, mixing textiles adds depth and drama to any bedroom.

When it comes to colour, bedlinen no longer needs to match, but a common colour thread running through your decorative cushions, quilt and throws will help pull it all together. And finally, don’t feel bound by square cushions. Use a mix of rectangular, square and bolster cushions to mix things up.

Relaxed, not rigid

Forget hotel corners and military bed-making, by making your bed in a slightly laidback, loose fashion it’ll look more natural, more inviting and more organic.

Casually draping a throw adds to this vibe – don’t fall into the trap of folding it perfectly across the base of the bed. Uptight doesn’t make for a good night.


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Beyond the bed

One of the secrets to stylist style when it comes to the bed is remembering that the bed extends beyond the bed itself.

Lighting is key, so add feature table lamps, hanging pendants or even over-arching floor lamps on either side for stylish symmetry.

And forgetting the bedside tables is fatal: A stunning, styled bed sitting alongside cluttered, clumsy bedside tables will spoil the scene, so keep the side tables simple with a curated book or two, real or faux plant and a swish lamp.


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