Layer It On, Sleep It Off In One of a Dozen Deep & Dreamy Boho Beds

Maybe it’s just winter, but something in my boho soul craves a cozy, layered bed. I’m in the process of planning an update for our master bedroom that mixes layers and prints, so I’ve been combing the Internet, collecting photographs.

When we first upgraded to a king-size bed, I bought a watery silk, quilted coverlet in aqua on closeout. It looked for all the world like the Caribbean Sea, and I felt rested every time I saw it. Instead of matching shams, I found three euro pillow covers from a different bedding set, also on closeout. They were a cocoa brown linen with crewel embroidery—flowers done in magenta and teal ombre yarns—and they looked spectacular with the coverlet. I loved our bedroom.

Then Maisie-cat came to live with us and proceeded to wear down both coverlet and shams with her kitten claws. Eventually I bought a less-easily-damaged coverlet and shams in a similar color, but it wasn’t the same, and within a few months I changed it out to a flower-printed quilt and matching shams. It’s tolerable now, but I realize the large print on the whole of the bed feels overwhelming. I want a solid spread, or else one with a small print paired with a solid—say a matelassé. The pattern can come in with pillows, throws, blankets, and possibly, sheets.

Here are some lovely layered beds I found, followed by some terrific links on how to mix textiles and patterns in the bedroom.

If I only lived in LA!

Nickey Kehoe

These first two photos are from the trendy LA shop of Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe—Nickey Kehoe. Many of the items in their store come from flea markets in France and Italy, as well as auctions and flea markets stateside. And indigenous textiles are one of their favorite finds.

I love the idea of a bedside basket or crate containing additional textiles in still more prints (above) and the mix of blue prints in various weaves (above and below). See/read more about the store at One Kings Lane, Lonny, or visit its Instagram site.

Nickey Kehoe

Faded flowers

Via Wow Decor

I love the use of florals in both of these bedrooms, as well as the time-worn patina of the textiles. I’m also thinking about borrowing that window treatment in the above photo, using a kantha throw.

The owner of the apartment below calls his style “Karen Blixen meets Charles Darwin.” As long as there are no specimens lurking in jars of formaldehyde under the bed and no lions roaming the house at night, I could sleep soundly here. See/read more about this home at Apartment Therapy.

Mario Herrada

Right out of the Old West

Emily A. Clark

A cowboy print on two of the pillows mixes well with ticking sheets, a small and large diamond print, and a cowhide rug. Or is that a cowhide-printed blanket repurposed as a rug? Either way, nice touch! Ticking is a great print for mixing; it works almost like a solid, tying other patterns together.

Via Desde My Ventana

Ticking sheets again, but this time teamed with colorful blankets and vintage pillows. Each pillow has old-timey fringed edges, one depicting a Native American chief in full headdress. I love that a wicker plant rack has been repurposed to hold more patterned throws for snuggling or day-napping.

Nina Teixeira/Style at Home

I love the antler print in persimmon (it’s actually wallpaper!), accented by real antlers overhead. I’d want to make sure those real ones attached securely to the base and the base to the wall, though, before I slept here. No sense in having your sleep interrupted by impalement, right?

The addition of faux fur in accent pillows and throw makes this room extra-cozy. I don’t want a rustic look for my bedroom, but I wonder if I could come up with a mix that included a faux fur change-out for winter? Fur can look glam as well as rustic. Hmmm…

Did you notice the books stacked in the flowerpot and that shaggy pouf? Both are cute beyond words.

Mother of all neutrals

Thistlewood Farm via My Sweet Savannah

I usually shy away from white—too boring, too prone to looking dingy gray. But I gotta say, everything really pops against it, and this photo, as well as the next two, prove it. One of the many cool things about white is that you often find it in varied textures, which add to the interest of the bedding mix without cluttering it up.

Planete Deco

Our headboard is just about the color of this one, also with nailhead trim, and the white sheets look great against it. I love how the stripe in the coverlet is repeated in different widths in the flour-sack pillows. And the pop of lipstick red in the kilim pillow and rug make me want to set out for Sante Fe. See/read more about this country home in Madrid, Spain, at Planete Deco.

Justin Coit

Mat Sanders designed this “brights with whites” bedroom for actress Jessica Alba’s Los Angeles home. See/read more about the home redo at My Domaine.

A world away


These last two bedrooms are a bit closer to the look I want—a tad exotic, global, as if I traveled the world over and collected all the furnishings, without being hippie- or gypsy-looking. I especially love the use of various shades of purple in the one above, which you can shop at Shutterfly.

The one below, in particular, says global AND sophisticated. Which is no surprise, considering it belongs to A-list interior designer Thom Filicia. The bedspread is a vintage Indian silk. I like the choice of the navy throw at the foot of the bed. And so many white accents make the room look light and bright, even with the rich reds in the coverlet.

William Waldron

I’m not sure I’m any closer to knowing what I want than when I began, but maybe you found something you love? I do, however, feel like a nap. While I take a mid-afternoon snooze, you can learn more about layering textiles and mixing patterns in your bedroom at these helpful sites:

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