There is no doubt Mitch and Mark have an eye for design. From their fashion, to their retail store and the beautiful homes they’ve delivered on The blockthe couple know how to pull together stunning looks that work.
That’s particularly true when it comes to bedrooms they design, which always have a beautifully styled bed. so beautiful in fact block judge Neale Whitaker wanted lessons from Mitch after he saw their stunning Master Bedroom in their winning Bronte Court property.
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Mitch’s secret to coming up with the perfect combination of bedding, is to think about the person or people who are going to use the bed. Then select your color palette based on that, just don’t go too bright or bold.
“It’s one thing to have a bed that looks magnificent, but it’s another thing to have a bed that works for the people that are going to actually be sleeping in the bed,” Mitch said.
“So you’ve got your color palette based on the occupants of the room, always keeping in mind that it can’t have too much energy because it has to be more of a tranquil place. It can be fun to do loud and fabulous beds that scream style, but it defeats the purpose of what the bedroom’s about.”
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What you’ll need
- fitted sheet
- Top sheet
- 4 standard pillows
- 2 European pillows
- Cushions in different shapes (lumbar, round)
How to style a bed
Start by putting the fitted sheet on the mattress and then follow that with a top sheet. Next is the duvet, but before you worry about the pain of shoving a quilt in a cover, Mitch has given up on quilt covers in favor of a coverlet.
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“My preference now is to do a duvet straight over the top sheet without a cover and then use an oversized throw… Stuffing a duvet into the duvet cover is just unnecessary hard work and they can never sit perfectly. They always sit a little bit lumpy, they’re hard to wash, they’re hard to hang on the line, they’re just a mess,” Mitch explained.
“Mark and I have traveled a lot up until the last few years, and I noticed the top end hotels tend not to use duvet covers so much, they tend to use a bottom sheet, a duvet and then a sheet on top.”
When selecting your duvet and coverlet make sure to go one size up from what your bed is so that it drapes beautifully over the sides. You can even go up a size with your top sheet if you want to use it in your layering.
Once you’ve got your sheets, duvet and coverlet on the bed the next step is to add layers.
This is done with at least one throw but you can add more depending on the look you are going for. The key thing here is to consider textures and colors that complement your coverlet colour.
Throws look good folded in half or draped across half of the bed.
“If you’ve got a smooth surface coverlet or duvet, use a weave or a coarse linen, just contrast the fabric. So I would tend to use a couple of throws layered on top of each other, the first one just almost halfway down the bed from the head, then the second one overlapping,” Mitch, who is a fan of waffle throws, explained.
You can also fold the top part of the top sheet over your duvet for a bit of extra volume.
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Then it’s pillow time. Mitch uses two European pillows placed against the wall or bedhead, with one on either side of the bed. Then he has four standard pillows placed in sets of two and adds some cushions.
“I might have two matching lumbar cushions, and then maybe on one side a round macaron cushion so it makes it look little bit asymmetrical,” Mitch said.
Added Mark, “Or you can just play with the lumbar cushion and one feature cushion. That’s the thing that brings in a bit of pizzazz as well.”
When it comes to colour, decide on a main color or scheme first.
Mitch likes to go for neutrals for more expensive bedding like a coverlet, and then add your colors through accessories. This is an easy way to change things up in the bedroom without spending lots of money on pieces you might soon fall out of love with.
Then to add colors to your bedding, Mitch suggests taking your cue from a color already existing in the room and then adding it once or twice to the bed.
“If, for example, there’s a painting you want in the bedroom and it’s got pops of pink in it, you don’t necessarily want to have a pink room — but all you need to do is anchor that pink,” Mitch explained.
“So that round cushion on the bed might be pink and one of the throws might have a really soft pink in it, but then you might have a vase sitting on the bedside that’s got the pink.”
It’s good to have this color pop appear in the room an odd number of times, because that is more pleasing to the eye.
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Multiple throws, pillows and cushions look lovely on a bed but they have to go somewhere when it’s time to sleep.
For Mitch and Mark, that place is the floor, which is probably what most of us do already.
“With two hands, I pick up the pillows [except for the one I’m sleeping with] and I place them somewhere on the floor next to the bed and then get into bed. And if there are throws there that I’m not going to sleep under, I will pick them up in the middle and they’ll stay folded together and I’ll lay them over the cushions,” Mitch explained.
If you prefer to put your cushions and throws somewhere out of the way, you can have a storage ottoman or chest at the end of the bed, or place them on an armchair.
A final tip
Styling a bed beautifully is all well and good but you have to make the bed after sleeping in it to fully appreciate what it adds to your space.
Mitch and Mark will either make the bed when they wake up or after eating breakfast.
“Always make the bed,” Mitch said.
“Right now, our home is pre-renovation, and it’s a mess. Even though the bedroom and the bathroom and the ensuite all need renovating, coming down to a peaceful, beautifully made bed just makes us feel there’s one slice of luxury. Regardless of what’s going on, that’s the one thing where all is well in the world.”
If you’re still not quite sure how to get your bed styling right, or have a quilt cover you like but don’t know what to do with, you can always ask Mitch and Mark for help.
The couple have their own store Mitch and Mark Home in Sydney’s Newport, where they have a bed in store to try out different looks and show you the possibilities of different bedding.
And Mitch and Mark are even planning to hold small events where they will take a group through a few different bedding looks at the store.
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