The Perfect Bed

There is a level of art in setting up your bedding. Although there are many easy, pick-up-and-go a la carte style bed sets, there’s certainly more challenge and reward in creating your own personal style bed setup.  Considering you spend a good chunk of your life in bed sleeping, why not make it the best experience it can be. It is also a lot cheaper to change the look of your bedroom just by changing the bedding, instead of renovating and redecorating your entire room. Parsons Interiors can help you find your personal style and develop your bedding palette. First, to better understand the art of bedding, we will explore the different founding pieces that make up your overall bed.

Bed Pillows

The three things you need to know when it comes to bed pillows are fill, support, and size. For light support, go with a soft fill like down, feathers or silk. Organic Cotton and Wool deliver firmer support. For added support, pick a gusseted pillow with sidewalls that help maintain shape. Natural latex foam pillows relieve pressure points because they’re made to contour the neck, shoulders, and spine. Whatever you pick, make sure to invest a few extra dollars on a pillow protector for hygienic purposes.

Mattress Pad

A Mattress Pad is constructed with a flat quilted top layer that fits snugly over the mattress sides. This piece is a lot easier to clean and replace than the actual mattress. It makes maintenance cheaper and more manageable. Today there are more options as to what kind of mattress pads you can get: down fills that mimic featherbeds, visco-elastic memory fills that respond to temperatures and shapes providing added support.

Feather Beds

Feather beds are like a bed-size pillow. You put it atop your mattress. It makes the sleeping experience more restful because of the softer surface and relieves pressure points. Fill choices range from natural down to synthetic. There are also featherbed covers available.

Sheets

Sheets are the heart of the bed. Select the best sheets you can afford for maximum quality and comfort. Bed sheets are highly customizable. Express your personal style with bed sheets of your taste. Parsons Interiors can customize the fitting sheet to any size to fit your matters.

Layers of Warmth and Blankets

Blankets provide warmth above the sheets. They vary from weight, material and texture. It’s good to have a few kinds on hand for the different seasons of the year. There are lightweight ones for the summer such as cotton. Wool or lux cashmere and alpaca are heavier weight and keep you really warm in the winter. Organic cotton, silk, and eco-friendly materials are also on demand.

Coverlets and Quilts

It’s the decorative middle layer and often double as a top-of-bed covering instead of a comforter or duvet cover.

Duvets and Comforters

They make up the top layer of the bed set. They are usually down, feather, cotton, or synthetic filled. Duvets come with a cover that is machine washable, while the actual duvet is not washable due to the fill inside. Comforters are lighter in weight and can be washed completely.

Bed Skirts

Also known as dust ruffles. Bed skirts are not only decorative but also prevent dust from gathering under the bed. Bed skirts also hide away things you store under the bed. Make sure to measure properly before making a purchase.

Shams

Shams are pillow covers that coordinate with sheets and require pillow inserts. They’re used for decorative purposes unlike bed pillows.

Accent Pillows

Accent pillows are perfect to complimenting your bed pillows. It may seem like too much pillows to some people, but it all depends on personal taste. We wouldn’t suggest accent pillows, or at least many accent pillows, if you have a small bed.

Suggestions:

On a twin bed, instead of a standard pillow, add one king pillow because it spans the width of the bed; and one to two accent pillows.

For a full size bed, Parsons Interiors recommends two standard pillows, two standard or Euro shams and one to two accent pillows.

Queen beds can easily hold two queen pillows and two queen shams, plus two to three accent pillows or a single bolster.

On king beds, a good combination is three standard pillows and two king shams, plus three smaller accent pillows or three standard pillows with three Euros.

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Consult with Jackie Connolly at  Parsons Interiors 905.271.4224 or email at info@parsonsinteriors.com to start developing your dream bed setup.

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Simple Sophistication

What is minimalism? Some may say it’s a boring way of living, but in reality, minimalism is a craft. When done right, it can even be captivating and enviable. When it comes to interior spaces, there are many ways to incorporate minimalism without having to get rid of things you may want to keep. To minimalize your own space, here are a few elements to consider:

1.    A clean space

Clutter is a big source of stress in any home.  Part of having a minimalist space is decluttering the things you don’t need around all the time, and creating an organized, streamlined space. Having a minimalist space doesn’t mean throwing out your things. It is an art of being able to properly hide things you don’t need lying around that creates clutter. Stylish storage units are easily accessible, and a great way to organize and hide little things in your home. Choosing what items you actually need and don’t need may be the hardest part of the process, but keep in mind the peace of mind you will later achieve.

2.    A Colour Story

Having too many colours in a space creates a feeling of clutter. Contrasting furniture, wood, and wall colours usually create an unorganized atmosphere. A monochromatic colour scheme will work well for the minimalist approach. Stick to one colour story. You can add variety by including different textures and lines in the space. Again, having a minimalist space doesn’t mean a boring space. There are ways to add fun and spunk even in a minimalist sense.

3.    A Balanced Space

Creating balance is key to achieving a minimalist space. It could be a hard idea to grasp, but the proper placement of furniture, art, lamps, and even pillows all help create a feeling of balance. Asymmetrical balance is a great way to achieve a minimalist space. It creates the illusion that you’re not trying hard to create balance, but it works.

4.    A Focal Point

A good focal point is a powerful element for any minimalist space. Choose your favourite art or furniture, and make it a focal point in your space. Strategically place everything else in the room, so that it radiates outward from the focal point. Be aware of the horizontal and vertical lines of the space. I recommend talking to an interior designer to determine these elements in your space.

 5.    Grouping of similar elements

Rather than spreading out your home décor, I suggest grouping similar home décor pieces together. This creates a bold statement, without taking away the minimalist feel. For example, instead of having picture frames in every wall of the room, consider placing them all together in one designated area. This adds drama and a bold statement in your space that looks smart but not calculated.

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Consult with Jackie Connolly of Parson Interiors at 905.271.4224 or email at info@parsonsinteriors.com to analyze your personal space and determine if a minimalist style is for you.

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