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Bed Furnishing: Choosing A Style

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The centrepiece of the most personal room in the home, a bed and its furnishings should be chosen with an attention to detail that reflects the preferences of its owner.

Once a prestigious item, constructed from wood and ornately crafted, the bed has now assumed a more utilitarian role. This evolution has been matched by changes in the way that beds are furnished.

Four centuries ago, beds were draped with draught-excluding curtains. These practical considerations gave way to fanciful styles of bedding., more concerned with decoration than insulation.

Today, bedding can be produced in a wide-ranging choice of styles, due to the enormous selection of fabrics available. Whether you wish to finish a simple divan or an ornate four-poster, there are many plain or patterned fabrics to choose from.

This chapter describes how to make pillowcases, duvet covers, sheets, valances, and bed covers that are both highly practical and attractive.

Choosing a Style

Because a bed forms the focal point in a bedroom, bed furnishings should fulfill two functions: they should make a bed comfortable and warm to sleep in, as well as complementing its size and the overall decorative scheme of the room.

You can use plain or discreetly patterned fabrics to create a crisp, tailored look. To achieve a more sumptuous effect, use ornately patterned fabrics with contrasting piping, edgings or frills.

Coordinating valances will add decorative touches while concealing unsightly divan bases. To create a unified look, always make sure that the bed linen complements the style of the coverings.

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Layered Effects

With their narrow, rectangular shapes, single beds lend themselves well to a variety of decorative furnishings, either fitted or loosely laid over the mattress. Here, the loose gathers of a simply patterned valance, tailored to fit the perimeter of the bed, are complemented by the straight edges of a simple throw-over bed cover.

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Old-Style Formality

Most appropriate in a period home with high-ceilinged bedrooms, a four-poster bed forms an imposing centerpiece. Once dressed with patterned fabric drapes, frilled valances, and gathered backdrops, the period-style sumptuousness becomes even more marked. A simple white throw-over bed cover can provide a contrast to the heavy fabric, and lighten the look of the room.

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Timeless Elegance

There is nothing quite like the pleasurable feel and simple elegance of layers of crisp, white cotton or linen sheets and bed covers. Fine white linen and a variety of plain and patterned white cotton are well suited for sheets, since these fabrics are available extra-wide. Decoratively edged pillowcases can be used to add softness to an otherwise rather stark effect.

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Crisp and Tailored

Traditionally associated with elaborate bed furnishings and sumptuous fabrics, some contemporary four-poster beds can appear striking if left undraped and starkly dressed. Here, the simple architectural style of the four-poster is emphasized by the neat tailoring of the corner-pleated valance.

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Modern Comforts

Highly practical and comfortable, duvets are designed to make life simple, since they obviate the need for tedious bed making. Whether plain or patterned, duvet covers have a decorative appeal that is particularly well suited to modern bedrooms.

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Opulent Fabrics

One way of creating a grand centrepiece of a bed is to make up a throw-over bed cover and a padded headboard in a fabric that complements the curtain material. A curtain hanging on the wall behind will serve to enhance the proportions of the bed.

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Antique-Style

For antique cast-iron bedsteads, the most appropriate bed furnishings are those that highlight the sturdy, yet elegant, shape of the bed. For a period emphasis, combine a traditional quilt with generously cut white cotton or linen sheets, matching pillowcases, and a layer of blankets for insulation.

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All the different styles of bedding will be discussed in the upcoming articles alongside the fabric that will be used to sew. Types of equipment and certain tools will be usually mentioned at the beginning of every article and will be discussed throughout the chapter with references along the way.

Also, I can't stress enough that basic safety must be a priority, especially when dealing with pins and scissors, or any sharp object for that matter. I will also in the future make links to other articles for further clarification, so people can understand some sewing procedures before reading each and every chapter.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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