Dreamy Bedrooms

Sometimes when writing these blog posts I like to include relevant topics of conversation I've had or projects I'm working on. Today's post is about bedroom pillows because, well simply put, we are in the market for some new ones, stat! After spending some time last week in a hotel it became apparent that I can no longer sleep on the ones we have. Nada, no more. I changed the sheets today and couldn't even bring myself to put the pillow cases back onto the old pillows.

Our upgrade will more than likely be a functional one as we still have some nice shams and pillow covers. But if you are in the market for some new pillows and you'd like to refresh the look of your room as well, here are some ideas for different ways to arrange them on your bed.

I think that all these arrangements above are nice and easy to work with. In general I would say that Euro shams provide a more contemporary look since they are square, compared to their standard rectangular counterparts. Mixing them together though is a nice way to add some variety.


Here are some pictures that demonstrate nice pillow decor...


This one mixes euro and standard pillows. I like the graphic punch of the accent pillows with a purple neck roll.

Traditional Bedroom
by Opelika General Contractor Stone Martin Builders


This one uses the same fabric on the headboard as the long roll pillow. A pop of matching yellow is pulled out for the back layer, and a soft blue pulled out to layer in front of that.

Traditional Bedroom
by Atlanta Interior Designer Cristi Holcombe


Check out this comfy tufted headboard! Black provides a sleek accent color and is softened with the gold and white of the bedset. I like the use of a matching graphic pillow as one of the layers.

Contemporary Bedroom
by Saskatoon Interior Designer Atmosphere Interior Design Inc.

Lots of layers in this bedset - the cute little round accent pillow in front centers the look and adds a soft touch with the ruffles.

Traditional Bedroom
by Morganville Interior Designer Marina Klima Goldberg - Klima Design Group


Crisp white linens are paired with neutral browns for a simple contemporary look. Mixed euro and standard pillows works well to add interest when using mostly white.

Traditional Bedroom
by Denver Interior Designer Chalet

Another tufted headboard adds a layer of interest, texture is brought in with the fur blanket, and the use of a white pillow with black graphics elegantly ties together other elements of the room.

Contemporary Bedroom
by Sausalito Architect Urrutia Design


Eclectic mix and match style works too with neutral bedding and limited color palette: blue, green, pink & red.

Contemporary Kids
by Minneapolis Interior Designer Design By Lisa


Elegant and neutral bedroom uses subtle colors of creme, silver, and white. 

Traditional Bedroom
by Vancouver Architect Kerrisdale Design Inc


Try adding some texture to your bedding like they did with this fur covered pillow below. The blue patterned pillows behind have a small scale pattern that doesn't overwhelm the room.

Contemporary Bedroom
by San Francisco Interior Designer Leverone Design, Inc.


Don't like "matchy-matchy"? Try something like this eclectic bedroom - 3 of the same euro pillows behind a collection of uniquely patterned pillows. Then add a throw using the same greens and yellows in pillows pulls the look together. Neutral bedding and headboard served as a strong background to the bedding.

Eclectic Bedroom
by Portland Architect SRM Architecture and Interiors


Add a little glamour to the bedroom with subtle shimmer in the fabrics. Here used as pillow trim and on the coverlet and neckroll. 

by Millbrook Architect Crisp Architects


This simple bedset starts off with dark colored sheets and pillow case then layered with lighter colors of green and blue. When together it creates a gradient look or sorts. 

Contemporary Bedroom by Amsterdam Home Staging HUISSTYLING


Nice detail shot of this bedset - white linens with silk comforter and pillow shams. The neck roll has a nice decorative fringe detail. The dark colors of the wall and accessories create a dramatic look.
Eclectic Bedroom
by Chicago Interior Designer Sean Michael Design


This bedroom uses simple white bedding and adds matching pattern in the throw and accent pillow. Then they pulled the orange and used in the layers of pillow. 

Contemporary Bedroom
by San Francisco Interior Designer Lisa Benbow - Garnish Designs


Well I hope this helps sparks some decorating ideas! The options are endless and available for all tastes and styles. The little decorative touches will make all the difference when creates a dreamy bedroom retreat!

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Reader Comments (2)

The pillow arrangements are so extravagant. I wasn't aware that there was a European way of making the bed, separate from the rest of the world.

Pillow arrangement aside, some of these beds are absolutely stunning. Good post. Thanks!

Thanks for your message John! To my knowledge euro just refers to the square shape, although I'll have to research more about why they use that name? Glad you liked the post!

August 21, 2013 | Registered CommenterAndrea Valle

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