get color no paint part five: bedding

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obviously this installment of get color no paint applies only in the bedroom…. but your bedding is a great way to bring in necessary happy color and prints in your bedroom when you can’t paint. often bedrooms can only fit a bed, dresser and bedside table so the bed itself is the focal point of the room, so that’s even more reason to give it a cute outfit!

you can go two ways with bedding:

1. the ‘matchy matchy look’ is the super easy route. just buy a duvet cover/comforter set that comes with matching pillow shams and ta da, you’ve got a whole new look. plan ahead for what you want to get. i’m partial to down comforters (Ikea has some cheaper ones) with a duvet cover (usually comes with matching pillow shams) that you can take off to wash. or you can get an already printed comforter but these don’t usually wear as well and you should get then dry cleaned to keep them in good condition. you could also get fancy and use a down comforter in winter and a lighter weight comforter in spring/summer. there are some great sets from Anthropologie, DwellStudio has gorgeous duvet sets, Urban Outfitters, Velocity, eco friendly options from Gaiam, modern sets from CB2 and Target for on-the-cheap comforter sets and duvet cover sets (DwellStudio has a great cheaper Target bedding line as well!)

a note on sheets: when buying bedding don’t get seduced by printed sheets for your addition of color. you can totally mix in a cool printed sheet because you will see the pillow cases. but remember that the duvet cover/comforter and the pillows are the only thing seen (when you make your bed of course).

2.  the ‘eclectic mix and match look’ is also pretty easy because you can just pick and choose what pieces strike your fancy and put them all together. i personally have this striped sheet set from DwellStudio which i mix with this bird-themed duvet set and it looks pretty darn rad, if i do say so myself. the great thing about the mix and match look is you can work in some throw pillows (remember the get color no paint: throw pillows post?). you can get throw pillows that you would normally use on couches/chairs and use them as the decorative pillows on your bed (in front of the pillows you actually use for your head). in my opinion the more pillows the better! also a nice throw blanket looks great at the foot of any bed.

happy sleeping!
check out the other get color no paint posts here.




  • Eileen

    Hi Kate! Lovely post, just wondering where are the beautiful quilt and throw pillows from in the second picture? (the butterfly/flower picture) They are gorgeous, I want them! Keep up the good work :)

    • mr. kate

      Hi Eileen! Thanks! Yes, those are really lovely and they are from Anthropologie. It’s a quilt/comforter set and they have them available now online. It’s called the Laelia Quilt here: http://bit.ly/gKSePS

  • Melissa

    Hey Kate! The set in the first pic is absolutely gorgeous, where can I get it?!