I’ve always loved patterned bedding—for other people. In the past it has felt like too bold a move for someone like me, who appreciates a serene, hotel-like bedroom. With such a dominating focal point, how would you even notice anything else? And shopping for it almost feels like picking out wallpaper—there are so many options that it can be hard to know where to begin. Was I a stripe or polka dot person?
I recently moved to my apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and into an itty-bitty bedroom, so I have been very selective about what I bring to the space—even the smallest begonia can make it look too busy. But a few months in, I had a realization: My bedroom looked unfinished, and it didn’t reflect my personality at all. For me, patterned bedding turned out to be what eventually tied the room together and made emptier walls and fewer objects feel intentional. As soon as my new duvet hit the mattress, my room was suddenly complete.
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I went for Hay’s striped Été duvet and pillowcases in light blue, layered with Heather Taylor Home’s gingham pillows in nutmeg. Pattern-on-pattern works so well in a tablescape or an outfit, and it turns out a bed is no exception. If you too are on the verge of becoming a pattern convert, below are 20 more fun options, from checkered patchwork pillows to florals that will make your bed feel like a garden.