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Master Bedroom Refresh Update: Must-have Elements of a Luxurious, Layered Bed

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Hello, July and hello, my friends! Now that all of the 4th of July celebrations are officially in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to refocus my energy [or what’s left of it!] back on our master bedroom. You *might* remember when I first introduced this room project with you and shared my Master Bedroom design board… almost…coughs… 2 months ago. Well, I’ve been working behind the scenes to bring my vision to life and so far, I have one section of the room ready to roll…the bed!

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One of the key components to any bedroom is well, the bed, obviously. When I set out to spruce up this space, I knew that new bedding was going to be a must and with my bold wallpaper accent wall, I wanted to steer towards soft neutrals with a pop of color or pattern. A chic, boutique hotel was really the look I was going for, so when I had the opportunity to partner with Croscill, I knew i was going to be one step closer to a luxurious, layered bed. Today, I’m going to dish my tips for creating this look by breaking down the Must-Have Elements of a Luxurious, Layered Bed!

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white + wood vase | metallic vase | Nate Berkus book + striped book | lamp [similar] | blush sheets | duvet cover

I’m so bored with my bedding…how can I switch things up?

How do I get that magazine-look on my bed?… Is there a secret formula?!

What am I supposed to do with all these pillows?!!

Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions? Most likely yes. I know I have. There isn’t a secret formula, but rather simple guidelines to follow when looking to freshen up your slumber space. Let’s get started, shall we?


While you can certainly give your bed a face-lift using your current set of sheets, this is one time when I say it might be best to purchase a fresh new set. You don’t have to ditch the old set, instead keep them as a back-up. I like having 2-3 sets of sheets to rotate between. You know, in case of the rare situation that I’m behind on laundry ha! Patterned sheets can be fun since they peek-a-boo from the top of the bed, but a soft neutral like these blush colored sheets are the perfect way to keep the bedding neutral while still adding a hint of color. If a new set is not in the budget, then keep them fresh by remembering to wash them on a regular basis. There is nothing better than climbing into a bed with fresh, clean sheets! Am I right?!

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By using a duvet cover, you have so much more control over this top layer of your bed! For starters, you can decide what type of comforter to insert [fluffy, thin, down-filled, light-weight, double-up, etc.] and you can also control how clean it stays! I know for me, it is SUCH a pain to try to stuff a large, king-sized comforter in the washing machine and it takes FOREVER to dry! A duvet cover on the other hand can be washed when it gets dingy and since I love bright white bedding, being able to wash it frequently with zero hassle is key. Since this element covers the most surface area, it is where I would suggest spending your money. You can find them at all different price points, but it will certainly help change the overall look of the bed and with easy laundering capabilities, it should give you some longevity as well.


By placing this added layer near the foot of your bed, it can either create a well-put together look with a tucked-in quilt or like you see here, a throw blanket it simply draped over the bottom corner of the bed. Having another layer of bedding easily accessible makes it easy to grab in the middle of the night, especially if you’re preparing a guestroom. You could also keep extra quilts and blankets in a basket or bin near the bed.

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This is a big one, you guys! If you are new over here, then you might not know about the love and adoration I have for PILLOWS! Just like swapping out and arranging throw pillows on the sofa, the same can be done on your bed. And yes, there is a bit more square footage available for pillow play! This might be a wonderful thing for some or super intimidating for others! For me… #themorethemerrier

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These are the 4 main types of pillows I like to use on the bed when going for that luxurious, layered bed I keep mentioning 😉

Sleeping Pillows: These are simply the pillowcases that match your sheet set and that you physically rest your head on while you sleep. They come in standard [queen-size] or king-size.

Shams: These are the pillows that match your duvet or comforter and I like to place them in front of my sleeping pillows. Since these are more decorative, you can take them off the bed at night before getting in or you can swap them with the sleeping pillow so they are behind, adding a second layer of cushion. These also come in standard or king.

Euro Pillows: The standard Euro pillow is 26″ x 26″ and I personally like to layer them in front of my sleeping pillows and shams. For a king-size bed, I recommend using 3 across.

Throw Pillows: These are the fun ones! Mix them, match them and pop some color! You can keep things symmetrical or you can toss a couple on there and call it a day. There isn’t a correct recipe or formula, but more based on taste and personal preference. Sometimes I like a more uniform look on the bed and other times I don’t! There are various sizes and shapes, so depending on what look you are aiming for, you could do one row of 2 or 3 pillows in front of your Euros, or 2 pillows in front and then a lumbar pillow in the very front like I did here.

Pillows, along with sheets are one element you can easily and affordably change out every now and then to give you a fresh, updated look.


Finding elements with some texture to them, especially when using neutrals is a nice way to add some dimension to the bed. It creates an inviting, cozy look when a variety of textures are layered on top of one another. This 100% cotton diamond pique Luminous Duvet Cover by Croscill Naturals has the perfect amount of texture and interest…such a beautiful feature to an otherwise plain white duvet cover. And I’m telling you, it is SO incredibly soft and luxurious in person! Comforters, duvets, pillows and blankets can all be used as elements of texture on the bed.

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As I mentioned before, pattern can be brought onto the bed in a variety of ways. I wanted to keep things simple and natural, with minimal pattern [who am I anymore?!], so I chose to use a classic leopard print and one lumbar pillow in a thin stripe. You see my tips for mixing prints here!

With these must-have bedding elements, you can easily create a luxurious, layered bed that will be impossible to resist after a long day! Want some great news?! Thanks to Croscill, we’re offering 20% off to you guys!! Please enter code “OURBLISS20” at checkout to receive 20% off of your bedding order. Oh and they have some really cool home decor pieces, too! Check out the white and wood vase and as well as the metallic one I have on my nightstand below!

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Aside from the bed, the rest of the room is really starting to take shape. Did you notice the sneak peek of my new drapes in the photo above? They were such a game changer in this space and I can’t wait to show you more! Stay tuned for another update and the reveal coming very, very soon! Until then, I’m going to be enjoying a good night’s sleep in my new bedding pieces from Croscill!

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*A big thank you to Croscill for sponsoring this post and thanks to you all for supporting the brands that help make This is our Bliss possible. All thoughts, opinions and photos are my own!

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  • Heather Metzler
    July 10, 2017 at 5:53 PM

    SOOOO beautiful! As always your pattern play is on point girl. And it looks so comfy. I need to upgrade my sleeping situation! Thanks for the tips.

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      July 27, 2017 at 11:27 AM

      Thanks, friend!! You know I can’t shy away from the PRINTS! And the bed really is so super comfy 😉

  • Lisa
    July 8, 2017 at 11:28 AM

    What a beautiful bed Rachael! And great tips to achieve the look! One question for you… the folks over at Croscill offer any extra wide options for a king? We have a tall mattress and the largest comforter or duvet I can find is 110 inches wide which is a good 10 inches too short 🙁 So I am perpetually on the hunt for a larger option. Any advice?

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      July 27, 2017 at 11:35 AM

      Thanks, Lisa! I started to reply to your comment and then left it unfinished! Sorry for my delay 😉 Unfortunately, they don’t offer any extra wide options. But for tall mattresses, I see an average of about 12”, and with the 80” width of the mattress there should be a little extra room on each side…About 6” maybe!? Have you considered a bedskirt before? I’m thinking maybe that would help!!

  • Sue
    July 8, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    The bedding, pillows, wallpaper, etc. look amazing!! I love the look!!