A VERY Simple Piece of Decorating Advice

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 Bed

My Guest Room Bed

(Please note, that this guestroom is a work in progress...no headboard is your first clue!)




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Comment balloon 12 commentsHolly Weatherwax • April 16 2009 07:49AM


Thank you. I take all advice in heloing my sellers.

Posted by Nannette Hilliard, CDPE, ABR, CRS (Century 21 Zwygart Green County Real Estate) almost 11 years ago


What great advice.  I would have never thought that white would serve so many other purposes.  It is kind of like having staples in your pantry.  With the right staples, you can always have a great meal.  With white, you can always have a charming room.

Posted by Cherry Wings Realty, Your Traverse City Michigan Realtor (Cherry Wings Realty) almost 11 years ago

I switsch around, have a darker color palate in the winter, but go back to white in the warm weather. It always makes the bedroom look cooler and refreshing in the warm months.

Posted by Norma Brandsberg (Marks Realty Co. Inc., Lynchburg, VA, 540-586-9496) almost 11 years ago

Great advice!! That's what I did 8 years back when we had our 1st child. It feels clean and fresh.

Posted by Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949 (Samson Properties) almost 11 years ago

So right! Thanks for the tip about making one too! People should feel soothed when they walk into a bedroom and this is a great way to do it!

Posted by SarahGray Lamm, Realtor - 100K Hours of NC Real Estate Experience (Allen Tate Realtors Chapel Hill, NC 919-819-8199 ) almost 11 years ago

I love to get good timps from people who know what they are talking about!  Thanks for the tip.

Patricia AUlson/ Portsmouth NH Real Estate

Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) almost 11 years ago

I totally agree with going white. It's always good to get acvice from a pro...thanks!

Posted by Cheryl Powell - The Powell Team, Concord,Harrisburg & Charlotte NC Area Real Estate (Southern Homes of The Carolinas - The Powell Team) almost 11 years ago

I love your idea with the matelassé coverlet!  I use them in staging all the time to cover the mattress/client's sheets, etc - they are heavy enough to cover all kinds of sins and then I put a folded-down comforter to make the whole look more luxurious: Staged Bedroom - Metelasse

I have a suggestion on your idea of sewing the coverlet to a sheet.  If you used two matelassé you would be able to use both sides and fold down for versatility.  Great idea and blog!  I am following you on twitter now.

Posted by Joanne O'Donnell (Chic Home Interiors) almost 11 years ago

Great idea with matlasse on both sides, Joanne. If this one ever wears out, I will probably do that. I love the weight of it, too.

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) almost 11 years ago

Good advice!    I understand white is "back in", again, too...I've always loved the punch of white on white.  

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) almost 11 years ago

I completely agree! from an Interior Designer :)

April, Salt Lake City

Posted by April Parady (The Staging Company, LLC) almost 11 years ago


What a great idea.  Simple yet looks very elegant.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker almost 11 years ago

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