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Designed by Barbara Hawthorn Interiors, a primary suite in Bethesda is an oasis of calm, with pale furnishings that play up a painting by abstract expressionist Paul Jenkins. Hawthorn dressed the bed in a luxe coverlet with a sheen and plush pillows and bolsters in a range of shapes and sizes. Photo: Kenneth M. Wyner

Slumber Party

Designers offer tips on how to make the perfect bed

“Euro shams are always the foundation—three for a king, two for a queen. We typically layer in another row of king or standard shams and then finish with an accent or bolster pillow. Each bed can have its own mix of shapes and textures—depending on how committed you are to remaking it every morning!”

—Rebecca Penno, Penno Interiors

PHOTO: Angela Newton Roy Photography

“It totally depends on the clients and what feels cozy to them. Some people love a bunch of pillows and a huge duvet, while others prefer a more simplistic approach with just a beautiful quilt and small accent pillow.”

—Laura Fox, Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC

“Layers are a must-have when making a stylish bed. The best looks include a mix of textures, even if the color palette is monochromatic or neutral. Layering two or more blankets can add interest or a smidge of color, either as the main component or as an accent that adds a nice little surprise.”

—Sarita Simpson, Interior Matter

“A stylish bed combines clean lines with sumptuous, touchable fabrics and a mix of subtle textures that harmonizes with the surrounding décor.”

—Barbara Hawthorn, Barbara Hawthorn Interiors, LTD.

PHOTO: Kenneth M. Wyner Photography

“I love to layer blankets and quilts; fluffy duvets require more work to look consistent. Pillow shams will make the edges feel finished. I try to blend 3D textures with smaller or minimal ones. Colors and patterns depend on the overall design concept. Leftover fabric from a window treatment makes a great pillow.”

—Ann Gottlieb, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, Ann Gottlieb Design PLLC

Laura Hildebrandt

Interiors by LH, LLC


Photo: Christy Kosnic Photography

Jamie Merida

Jamie Merida Interiors


Kirsten Kaplan

Haus Interior Design


Samantha Friedman

Samantha Friedman Interior Design


Bonnie Ammon

Bonnie Ammon Interiors


Samantha Sopp-Wittwer

Interior Concepts, Inc.


PHOTO: Geoffry Hodgdon Photography



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