As Realtors, we are in and out of a lot of bedrooms. It never fails to delight when a bedroom is well decorated. Most people are not seeking excitement in their bedroom decorations (and that is all I will say about excitement and bedrooms). Most folks see their bedrooms as a respite from a crazy, busy world.
My advice for those of you who are looking for a change in your bedding: Go White!
About 15 years ago, my husband and I were in the market for a new bedroom quilt or spread. At the time we had 2 children under the age of 5. I knew that with those ages, there was a good chance that whatever I purchased would have a very short lifespan.
When I opted for a down quilt and a white duvet (a quilt cover) with shams, my husband was very skeptical.
15 years later, we have replaced the down quilt with a poly-fill quilt (because of allergies), but the duvet is still going strong. The trick: a pure white cotton duvet can be bleached!
When we could not find exactly what we wanted, I purchased a matelassé coverlet from a catalog and had a local seamstress sew a sheet on to the back of it to create an 'envelope' for the comforter. The 'duvet' closes at the bottom with Velcro strips. The two are easily separated for washing.
An added bonus whenever I decide that I want a new look, I buy new covers for my throw pillows and, voila, I have a completely different look.
When you go to sell your home, you will often hear the advice to neutralize your home--that buyers should be able to picture themselves living there. Comforter and bedspread patterns go in and out of style (if you don't believe that, look at some quilt patterns from the late 80s). Basic white never does. If a buyer is going to notice things about your bedroom, you would rather it not be your bedding! If you go with white bedding and need to update your bedroom to sell, you can change the paint color for less than the cost of replacing many bedding sets!
As an Accredited Staging Professional Realtor, I would be thrilled to work with a bedroom that has white bedding. That would provide me the perfect palate for putting together a presentation that highlights the features of the room--not the quilt!
Personally, I like this bedding philosophy so much, that I have employed it in my guest room, too. When I have guests, they have a comfy, relaxing bed to stay in...and I can always bleach it if something spills or a suitcase leaves dirt behind.
My Guest Room Bed
(Please note, that this guestroom is a work in progress...no headboard is your first clue!)
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