Make the Winter Bed: Interior Designer Ron Marvin Shares His Tips

Stop pressing snooze on your bedding swap and let color guide the way. From cool greys to spa-like whites, Rue Living Inspirer and interior designer Ron Marvin tells how.

Make the Winter Bed: Tips from Ron Marvin

Not-so-Plain White
“Whites say ‘clean, fresh spa.’ Be sure to use different textures – cotton, wool, cashmere. You’ve got choices! Don’t be afraid of casual. Instead of tucking in the sheets really tight, try leaving them untucked and simply shaking the comforter out on top the bed.”

Neutral Territory
“Neutrals are the most sophisticated of palettes. A bed can be made incredibly tailored: use sheets with a simple embroidered top, tuck the bed in tight, and fold the sheets and a wool blanket back to reveal the embroidered edge. Use silk or velvet throw pillows for a more classic approach.”

Nautical & Nice
“Whether in stripes, chinoiserie, or paisley, use cool blues and crisp whites boldly. Try pairing navy and ivory sheets with a linen-colored duvet. Throw pillows with many colors mixed in can add interest and catch the eye. It’s like wearing red lipstick with a black dress.”

Grey Matters
“There are warm greys and there are cool greys. Warm greys have a brown undertone to them – layer in deep chocolate browns, rusty reds, bright oranges, or classic camel. And cool greys have a blue undertone, which lends itself to navys, greens, and teals.”

Ready to trade in your fall linens? Visit our The (Winter) White Sale: It’s Time to Stock Up on Wednesday, November 13, at 11 AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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Ron Marvin Design is a New York City–based interior-design firm. Traditional Home magazine recently named him one of their Top 20 New Traditionals, showcasing him in the launch of their new online magazine, Trad Home. Ron’s work has also been featured in Lonny Magazine and The New York Times. His New York and San Francisco homes have been shown in Metropolitan Home magazine and on the HGTV show “Small Space, Big Style.” Prior to opening his firm, Ron worked for over 12 years in the visual merchandising departments at Gap, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Hold Everything, and Williams-Sonoma Home.


November 13, 2013