Have no fear – if you missed our live Twitter chat with interior design pro Eddie Ross, you can still get the scoop on his bedroom styling secrets. We chatted about what to do for small spaces, how to fake freshly pressed sheets, and the benefits of high thread counts. Now, to create that perfect bedroom…
How important is thread count when you’re picking out sheets?
It’s SO important! It’s where you spend half your life, sleeping in bed. And they just get better the more you wash them.
How do you make a small bedroom space feel bigger?
If you have windows, add more volume to the curtains on either side to make the window feel bigger. For décor, use lots of mirrors and use smaller furniture – it creates air space and a larger-feeling room. I also like painting the ceiling a light, sky blue color to really open up the room.
What’s the best thing to splurge on?
Sheets and pillowcases, definitely. Anything your skin touches. Oh, and great towels, too!
What are some quick and easy ways to spruce up a bare room?
Add a colorful rug, spa bedding, and put a dimmer on your lamp – it creates such a difference! Also, fresh flowers always help.
Any tips on how to keep dressers and nightstands clutter-free?
Vintage jars, little porcelain boxes, pretty silver trays, little glass dishes. You can make it a pretty (and organized) collection of oddities.
Any insider’s advice on updating your bed for winter? Fur throws? Texture?
Swap out your comforter for a heavier down one, add flannel sheets, and chunky knit throws and shams. I love a flannel fitted sheet with a cotton top sheet, and then a great wool blanket on top.
Is there any way to keep a comforter from slipping down inside the duvet cover?
Yes! Tie little pieces of ribbon on the inside of the duvet and on the top of the duvet cover, so that the top two corners are tied together. It’s a super easy trick to keep the comforter from slipping – and something your dry cleaner can take care of really easily, too.
What’s the right type of lighting for the bedroom?
Dim lighting. I like to be able to adjust it, whether you’re reading a book or watching TV. Use either wall sconces or bedside table lamps.
For bedrooms no bigger than a walk-in closet: how do you keep things organized without tons of furniture?
Under-the-bed storage. And hanging bookcases (like ladder shelving) is great storage, too. Oh, and decorative boxes you can stack. Trunks work great as both tables and storage.
How do you get crisp, smooth sheets – without breaking out the iron?
Make your bed while the sheets are still wet.
What’s the proper way to wash and clean sheets?
Wash them in warm water and use Laundress products – I love them. Also, always use the delicate cycle!
And Eddie’s parting words of bedding wisdom?
Good bedding should last forever. It’s an investment.
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By Melissa Mann, Staff Writer
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