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BED•U•CA•TION 101: How To Refresh Your Bed With Decorative Pillows And Shams




If we could, we’d build ourselves a massive walk-in linen closet solely for stocking the shelves with a crazy-rainbow array of solid and patterned duvets, sheets, quilts, blankets, throws, and pillows, for switching up the look of our bed whenever the craving for color strikes. We’ll probably never possess such a magical place, so instead we’ve found ways to change the look of a handful of our favorite quilts and matelassés in the two simplest steps known to the decorating world: new shams and decorative pillows.

We love this approach for many reasons, but mostly because it’s super-fast! Pop some pillows into their shams, toss on a throw pillow or two, and you’re done! It lets us experiment with new colors, patterns, and fabrics, while highlighting old favorites. And it’s affordable, allowing us to keep our décor fresh without changing out the most expensive pieces.

Here’s a quick guide to giving your bed a new look with decorative pillows and shams. For an even more dramatic transformation, try adding an extra piece — a quilt, duvet, or throw — that coordinates with one of your new shams.

Start with our Boyfriend Sky Matelassé: Just Add Patterned Shams



Add a pop of color and pizazz to an otherwise beautiful bed by swapping out solid-colored pillow shams with pastel-hued patterned ones, like our Watercolor Dots Shams, and maybe even the coordinating sheets if you want to create a cohesive look. This simple update packs a lot of character!

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Bed # 1:

•  Boyfriend Sky Matelassé Coverlet
•  Boyfriend Sky Matelassé Shams
•  Kerala Ivory Pillow Shams

Bed #2:

•  Boyfriend Sky Matelassé Coverlet
•  Boyfriend Sky Matelassé Shams
•  Watercolor Dots Shams
•  Watercolor Dots Sheets

Start with our Nicholson Grey Blanket and Shams: Add in Ruffled Pillow Shams



For a touch of feminine flair, swap out solid ivory shams for ruffled white euro shams like our Savannah Linen Gauze Shams. What was previously a “buttoned-up” looking bed now looks positively dreamy with this super-quick change.

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Bed # 1:

•  Nicholson Grey Blanket
•  Nicholson Grey Pillow Shams
•  Classic Hemstitch Ivory Pillow Shams

Bed #2:

•  Nicholson Grey Pillow Shams
•  Savannah Linen Gauze Euro Pillow Shams
•  Estate Linen Ivory Essex Headboard

Start with our Seychelles Sky Quilt: Add Patterned Shams and a Decorative Pillow



In the place of solid white pillowcases, why not experiment with our Blossom Pillow Shams? Who wouldn’t want just a touch of floral influence floating around? As the cherry on top, add in a colorful coordinating decorative pillow. Bring the design full-circle by adding in the Blossom Sheeting as well. Three quick swaps and voila! The perfect springtime bed!

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Bed # 1:

•  Seychelles Sky Quilt
•  Seychelles Sky Quilted Pillow Shams
•  Classic Hemstitch White Pillowcases
•  Classic Hemstitch White Sheeting

Bed #2:

•  Seychelles Sky Quilt
•  Seychelles Sky Quilted Pillow Shams
•  Blossom Euro Pillow Shams
•  Blossom Sheeting
•  Aquarelle Embroidered Decorative Pillow

We want to hear from you! Which of these sham-swap bed updates is your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments below or carry the conversation over to social media!