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Top tips to take beds from boring to beautiful.

INTERIOR design trends don't just impact on new designs of fabrics and furniture in bedrooms, there are also changing trends in how we dress and style a bed.

The design and styling team at British bedding brand Appletree 'lives, breathes and sleeps' beautiful bedding - so they know a thing or two about how to make a bed look simply stunning.

For National Make Your Bed Day next month, Appletree has compiled its top 10 tips on how to style a bed like a pro, including its team's most popular bed-making hacks and new ideas on what to do with throws, cushions and other bed accessories.

Here's some styling tips from Jackie McLoughlin at Appletree.

| 1. Flip it and reverse it A current trend in bedding is reversible duvet covers and mixing prints. This not only provides two options for the main design on show, but it adds a fantastic additional feature to a bed when the top of the duvet cover is turned down.

| 2. Throw on a throw Throws are still a great styling device for beds, but not too neatly folded along the bottom of the bed. Throws should now look more informal, casually draped over the corner of the bed.

| 3. Spread it on thickly Adding a bedspread can not only inject a strong colour element into the focal point of the room (the bed) but it's also a great instant update for autumn/winter bedrooms.

| 4. That's cushions covered Cushions are still an essential for a super stylish bed. But how many? Three is a magic number in styling, or certainly an odd number, and maybe stick to under six in total in a Super King or King and three for a Single.

Mix cushions in different shapes, colours, designs and textures for a current look, and display in a nonuniform arrangement. Cushions are also a great way to juxtaposition design elements or colours.

On-trend metallics are a hot look for 2017/18. They will pretty much go with any style of bedding.

| 5. In or out? The most common questioned asked with regards to styling a bed is whether pillows should be above the duvet or tucked underneath. We're definitely an outy here at Appletree.

| 6. Lavishly layer Texture and layering is another key trend in AW17 interiors.

The aim should be to achieve 'casual elegance' - layer up bedding and accessories for an effortless look that doesn't try too hard.

Textures for this season include velvets, patchwork and metallics. The Appletree Satira bedspread offers a huge amount of texture to a bed, great when layered with throws and cushions. (PS100 from www.appletreeliving.co.uk) | 7. It's not a sham, it's a pillowsham!

A decorative covering for pillows, a pillowsham will provide further contrast to smaller square or round scatter cushions and looks great on top of a regular pillow.

| 8. Create a theme or colour palette For example, bedding with a botanical design can be complemented with gorgeous green plants and rich coloured walls. Pick a bold design that makes the bed the focal point then build up the theme around the bedding design.

| 9. Attention to detail Dressing beds is all about attention to detail. Small details like a button, exposed zip, piped edge or metallic foiling can add that extra layer of sophistication to bed styling.

And what lies beneath is important.

For the more meticulous homeowner, a flat sheet with old school hospital corners is a nice detail (especially in a guest room at Christmas time).

| 10. Go for quality You do get what you pay for when it comes to bedding - both in terms of duvet and pillow covers and the filled bedding.

Go for the best bedding you can afford - it will not only ooze style but also withstand regular washing. Remember to give pillows and duvets a good shake before dressing the bed to even out the filling and return their plump.

National make your bed day on September 11th throws the spotlight on the benefits of making the bed every morning. According to experts this simple activity can develop a positive 'can do' attitude, boost productivity and aid a good night's sleep.

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Alivine collection by Appletree, priced from PS60. Inset, Sula bedding, from PS60, by Appletree

Cushions, from PS12, at Appletree
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 26, 2017
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