A quilt, comforter, or duvet can establish your room's color scheme and overall style, but assembling a collection of other bedding accessories allows you to put your own distinctive touch on your bedroom decor. If you like to switch up your decor frequently, creating new configurations of decorative pillows, shams, bed skirts, and bed scarves is a great outlet for expressing your creativity without spending a lot of money. Overstock carries an inventory of bedding accessories in almost any color, pattern, size, or style you could desire. Whether your taste leans toward classic elegance, Modern Farmhouse, or exuberant Boho style, you can find accessories by renowned designers such as Vera Wang, Laura Ashley, and Tommy Hilfiger to give your bedroom plenty of flair. From tropical patterns that complement coastal decor to fun, colorful animal prints for your tween's bedroom, Overstock carries the perfect bedding accessories to help you pull together a designer-quality look. Keep reading for answers to all your questions about other bedding accessories and how to incorporate them into your decor.
Types of Other Bedding Accessories
Designed to slide between your mattress and box spring, bed skirts are composed of panels of fabric sewn together around three sides of a fabric platform, with openings at the corners to accommodate the legs of your bed frame. They conceal under-bed storage, as well as your box spring and bed frame, and they help provide a cohesive look to your bedding. Also known as dust ruffles, bed skirts serve a practical function by preventing dust from accumulating beneath your bed and helping keep your room clean. Bed skirts come in several basic styles, including pleated, ruffled, gathered, or tailored. They may also be constructed of two layers of overlapping fabric, such as a sheer over an opaque material, for added dimension.
Pillow shams are decorative coverings that go over your pillows. Unlike pillowcases, which protect your pillow while you sleep, shams are typically used for decorative purposes. They come in assorted sizes. Some of the largest pillow shams are designed for Euro pillows, which are square pillows that usually measure 26 inches by 26 inches. Pillow shams for bed pillows include sizes for standard, queen, and king pillows, as well as versions designed to pull over throw pillow inserts. Shams usually feature an open back comprised of two sections of overlapping fabric. This opening allows you to remove the pillow insert to fluff it or replace when necessary. Some shams include a zippered closure along one side instead, allowing you to display either side of the sham.
Bed scarves are narrow lengths of fabric with tailored edges. They are intended to be draped across the foot of your bed. If you have a neutral bed covering in a solid color, adding a patterned bed scarf offers a quick and economical way to update and invigorate your decor. On a practical level, placing a bed scarf over your comforter or quilt helps protect your bed cover from soil in the event that someone lounges on the bed while wearing shoes.
Styles of Other Bedding Accessories
Inspired by time-honored design motifs, Vintage bedding accessories can span the style spectrum from rustic Americana to Shabby Chic. The on-trend Farmhouse style hearkens back to a simple, rural lifestyle with quilted pillow shams, bed skirts made from burlap, cotton ticking, and accessories featuring homespun detailing such as embroidery. On the other end of the Vintage design scale, bedding accessories that feature French Cottage styling may include pretty features such as ruffles or shirring that add an aura of femininity and elegance to your bedding. Vintage bedding accessories allow you to break away from perfectly matched sets and lend the illusion that they have been collected over time or handed down through the generations of your family.
Classic patterns, symmetrical compositions, and visual unity define Traditional style. Traditional bedrooms are more likely to include pairs of matching pillow shams with scalloped edges or cording rather than an eclectic assortment of throw pillows in mismatched patterns. Bedding accessories in this popular style might feature luxurious fabrics, such as brocade, fine cottons or silky materials, classic floral or nautical designs, and carefully coordinated patterns.
Clean lines, restrained patterns, and muted colors are hallmarks of minimalist style. Bed skirts with tailored edges and pillow shams with simple flanged edges suit this decorating style. Minimalist bedrooms are defined by an uncluttered look with basic, utilitarian bedroom accessories.
Other Bedding Accessories FAQs
How do you successfully mix patterns of other bedding accessories?
To create overall unity, start by selecting bedding accessories made from fabrics in the same color palette. It's a good idea to stick to one large print design and a couple of smaller ones to avoid pattern overload. Combining throw pillows, shams, and bed skirts with small or medium checks, stripes, or polka dots can complement a large floral or graphic design without competing with it. Be sure to include some accessories in solid colors to soften and harmonize the overall look.
How long should a bed skirt be?
The bottom of your bed skirt should just skim the floor. To accommodate the wide range of mattresses thicknesses available on the market, bed skirts come in varying drop lengths, beginning at 14 inches and going up to around 18 inches. Before selecting a bed skirt, measure the distance between the top of your box spring and the floor to determine the minimum drop length you need. You can select a bed skirt with a slightly longer drop, but avoid bed skirts that are too short for your bed.
What's a good way to arrange pillows on your bed?
For a classic look, line up two Euro pillows with patterned or solid-colored shams against your headboard to provide height to the pillow arrangement. Place two bed pillows covered in shams that match your comforter or quilt in front of the Euro pillows. Add a lumbar or small accent pillow in the center as a finishing touch. If you prefer a larger collection of pillows on your bed to complement Shabby Chic or Boho decor, aim for an uneven number of pillows. This breaks up the symmetry of your bedding ensemble and helps create a more relaxed, informal feel.