Shopping for Bedding

Tips from Designer Bryant Keller

New York designer Bryant Keller's specialty is creating the kind of bedroom that makes you feel a little sleepy just by looking at it. This bedroom was created for a young professional couple who have two young children. Even though the bedroom lacked adequate closet space and had extremely low ceiling, Bryant turned it into a calm retreat. Here's how he did it...

How did you create this bedroom?
Subtle plays of color, texture, and mixed metals are what make this bedroom so appealing. The bed spread has tiny, silver embroidery on a taupe ground, mixed with hand painted gold pillows and cream appliques. Shopping for the same look simply requires looking for items in similar tones, with subtle shifts of texture: creams, taupes, golds. Don't be afraid of trying out multiple tones of the same palate.

Where do you shop for bedding?
A never fail for unique bedding is ABC Carpet and Home on 19th Street and Broadway. Many things are pricey, of course, but they also have interesting sari throw pillows for 20 or 30 bucks that you can throw in your mix to spice up your bedding. More elaborate pillows can be mixed with plain or solid colored ones to create a calmer balance. And sales! They have some great sales if you watch.

On a tight, tight budget try the bedding department at Bed, Bath and Beyond. In recent years they've made an effort to supply interesting throw pillows into the bedding department. I've found sequined pillows there that would dazzle in a fun bedding arrangement.

The old stand by for retail shoppers is Macy's. The huge selection, frequent sales, and opportunity to mix and match in the store make it an easy way to pull from many different collections to create just the look you want.

By the way, all of the bedding doesn't need to be expensive to get the look. Sheets are just sheets. Plain bedspreads can be moderately priced. It's the showy items that you could be willing to spend a little extra on.

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