Bedscape? What The Heck Is That?
And who needs it? "It's a bed, for heaven's sake! A place to sleep. Clean sheets and a sleeping pillow is all that's needed! Now it's a "scape!" That sums of the words of the husband of a friend of mine. Perhaps it's the sentiments of many others. The name "bedscape" suggests there is a decorative intention. And there is: piles of sleeping and decorative pillows with a complimenting coverlet or comforter. That's how I see it. A bedscape doesn't have to be boring or stiff and formal.
From Ikea, the bedscape below illustrates all of the elements of layering to get that plush look that completes the room decor. (See Adding Layers To Create A Posh Decor, by Valarie Michelle.) The color scheme is minimal, following the style of modernism; still, lots of interest is given in the varied textures and patterns. This bedscape oozes with inviting comfort, complemented by the table stacked with books, a reading lamp and shag rug to caress your bare feet just before you slip into bed.
Here's another "plush" bedscape, piled with pillows and blankets in a fabulous collection of black and white patterns and varied texture. Yes, it does look rumpled and unkempt. But then, that's the fun of it all!
Okay, so your preference isn't a casual, crumpled look. You prefer something more tidy, perhaps a little more formal and colorful. That's easy to do by simply continuing with the elements of layering but up the fabric selection and pillow styles. In the photo below, the dark blue broad-striped sham is finished with a wide flange and small red welt, a more traditional motif. It's classic, it works beautifully and is striking. The bright red decorative pillow and cording mimics the sham pattern. Note that the pillow fabrics are not wrinkled. Yet, the fun "number nine" throw pillow adds levity to the bedscape and saves it from a too serious face, in spite of the navy blue blanket and comforter.
Now here is a pretty bedscape below, so nice and neat and formal. It has a great color scheme in turquoise (who could not love turquoise), yellow, beige, beautiful taupe and cream. A gorgeous collection of patterns and texture are in varied sizes and shapes. But I keep asking myself if this is bedscape where I could have breakfast in bed, wearing my knitted socks and reading the newspaper with sections scattered around?
The creator for the bedscape below had the daunting task of downsizing from a 3000 sq ft home on the west coast to a 1000 sq ft apartment on the east coast! She then came up with this lovely bedscape, a fabulous mixture of texture, color and patterns.
If glam with a pile of pillow is what you prefer, well, in the words of Emeril Lagasse . . . "BAM!" But you'll have to kick it up a lot'a notches for the next two examples! I'll say no more:
Bedscape is more than just a place to sleep. Aesthetically, at the end of the day, however bad or good it may have been, there is something soothing to the psychic to first look at a beautifully made bed filled with sleeping and decorative pillows, and then to just crawl into it. And for readers eager to continue that good book, there's nothing more comforting than having our backs against a pile of pillows.