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Schoolhouse 101: Bedding Styled 3 Ways

Cozy bed with winter + summer cotton coverlet on top and a gold table lamp on a wood side table.

Here at Schoolhouse, there are two things we take extra seriously — sleep and styling. Pair the two together, and we've got the ultimate passion project. From crisp cotton to laid-back linen, there are so many reasons why we think everyone should personalize their space with quality bedding. The best part? You can easily switch up your space using the same base layers. If you find yourself craving change but don't want to buy all brand new, this post is for you. Below we share a few ways to style different bed-scapes using our go-to Schoolhouse staples.


Cozy bedding stack on blue dresser with honey-colored throw blanket and various sheet sets and quilts.

Anatomy of a Bed

Before we dive in: a note about bedding. A fun way to think about bedding is to relate it to a four-layer clothing system. To spell it out: sheet sets are base layers, duvets are mid-layers, coverlets are outerwear, and everything else (like throw pillows) are accessories. As in clothing, you may be tempted to skip out on investing in the basics, but we can't stress enough how much materials matter. If you still need a reason to invest, here's a fun fact: the average human spends 1/3 of their life in bed. Now, who's in?!



Upbeat + Elevated

Layering textures and color can make a room feel interesting, but not aesthetically overwhelming. The trick is to stick with a calming color palette and include playful coordinating patterns. Here, we use the Diamond Quilted ShamsFog Sheet Set, and Linen Duvet as the base and add in pieces like the Popcorn Grid Coverlet and Plaid Wool Rug for extra cozy appeal.


Pro Tip: Instead of matching pillows, try mixing up pairs to add dimension and interest.



Heirloom Inspired

We talk a lot about heirlooms, and it's because memory plays a big part in what you find comforting. Many of our most vivid moments are times spent with loved ones at home. To us, there's nothing cozier than a blanket that reminds us of our grandma's house or a piece of furniture that looks like the one from our childhood miniature set. Styling a space based on this concept can help make your sanctuary feel extra serene. Sticking with the same foundation, below we layer in the Winter + Summer Cotton Coverlet, add a wood clock for extra warmth, and toss a honey-toned throw blanket on top for a pop of color. 


 Pro Tip: Style old and new textiles for a time-honored touch. We find that the most interesting spaces layer in pieces with a past.  



Naturally Cool

This setup is for those looking for the best of both worlds. If you're craving a pop of personality but still want a neutral feel, pack in as much color as you can, but try to work with a set palette. Below, the varying hues of blue set a monochrome mood while the simple stripes and quilted texture add visual originality. Working with our existing basics, the rich colors on top from the Channeled Cotton Quilt and Diamond Quilted Pillow add the perfect finishing touch.  


Pro Tip: Stick to neutral basics and liven it up with fun throw pillows that can easily be swapped at a moment's notice. 



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Photography and styling by Alex Creswell


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