“Tell Dwell Tuesdays” #2 – Pillows on a California King Bed

Guest post by local interior designer Cheryl Luckett, owner of Dwell by Cheryl interiors.

Design Dilemma: “I have a California King Bed, which as you can imagine has a lot of space for decorating. My dilemma: how many pillows are too many? What is an attractive way to arrange them to make the bed look appealing and inviting? Any advice appreciated.” – Yvonne

Cheryl’s Advice: Great question, Yvonne! What many folks may not know is that a California King Bed is actually longer and slightly more narrow than a standard (Eastern) king size bed. The size can definitely present a design challenge.

I like to begin any bed with good pillows. King pillow cases require king pillows, so ensure that the size of your sleeping pillows is adequate. The same goes for shams. The secret to a well-made bed begins with the pillows.

Next, as you’ve done, I like to fold down the comforter or duvet to expose the taut sheets beneath.

Because I have an affinity for Euro pillows, I usually try to incorporate them in as often as I can. I love the look of three Euros on a king size bed.

I personally prefer down pillow inserts for their lush fluffiness and their ability to bounce back. Capped off with a long bolster pillow, and you’ve got a hotel look.

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A second options is to divide the bed in half and imagine you’re outfitting a twin bed. Visually dividing the space might help you to approach the pillow arrangement with a fresh perspective.

I still like the idea of utilizing Euro pillows, but in this case only two. I’d finish things off with a small lumbar on each side for a symmetrical look.

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Thanks so much for your question. From the looks of it, you’re off to a great start! I hope this helps!

Stay tuned for more advice as part of the weekly “Tell Dwell Tuesdays” series! And join us for a free “Spruce Up for Spring” decorating class taught by Cheryl on Thursday, April 27 at 6 p.m. at the Goodwill Opportunity Campus (5301 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte, N.C. 28208). Bring your girlfriends for a girls’ night out, or your spouse to learn new ideas to transform your shared home.

Cheryl will offer advice on what’s trending and how to find the good stuff, including identifying furniture with “good bones.” She’ll share her tips for shopping thrift stores such as Goodwill – including the best times/frequency/locations to shop – and more. A signature “mocktail” and hors d’oeuvres will be provided, plus giveaways including a coupon to our retail stores. Space is limited, so RSVP now on Eventbrite here.

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