*This post was made possible by the generous support of Muslin Comfort, and features gifted product for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.
There are certain parts of decorating that I feel confident doing, things like shelf styling, color mixing, and sourcing furniture. But there are plenty of things that I feel like I’m downright bad at—one of which being bed linen styling. Coming up with a creative “bed-scape” just doesn’t come naturally to me! I’m very envious of designers who can whip up a beautifully curated collection of bedding, with all the right pillows, perfect patterns, and luxurious layering. When I do it, the result tends to look chaotic, so I often stick to the simplest combinations possible.
I’m a very stubborn person, though, so this situation isn’t something I’m willing to settle for. I really want to keep experimenting and stepping beyond the “easy” route when it comes to bed styling, and today’s post is my continued attempt at evolving. The focus of today’s story? End-of-the-bed blankets.
I really love using a bed blanket at the end of our mattress from both a functional standpoint and an aesthetic one. Functionally, it’s so nice to be able to pull up a nice heavy blanket on extra cold nights for an extra layer of warmth. Aesthetically, I think a blanket helps give a bed some presence and personality.
I’ve been doing this styling trick for years and years, but this is the first time I’ve ever tried a true tone-on-tone look. I really love the matching shades of earthy gray here between the end-of-the-bed blanket and our everyday linen duvet. The tonal palette between the two doesn’t overwhelm the room (that vintage wallpaper really ought to be the star of the show, after all!), and gives it sort of a “hotel-inspired” elegance, I think.
But let’s talk a little bit more about that bed blanket. We just added the “365 Blanket” from Muslin Comfort to our collection (in the color Earthy Grey), and I love the luxurious character it brings to our space. It’s been much chillier after dark here in Virginia lately, so having that breathable, temperature-regulating blanket to pull up in the middle of cold nights has been a very welcome addition.
If you scroll back and forth between all of the photos in today’s post, you might notice that I experimented with two different ways to style this oversized blanket. First, I layered the blanket at the end of the bed in an organically bunched style. This method is really easy to maintain throughout the day because it’s supposed to look a little ruffled and messy. Our pets love to lounge on our bed throughout the day, and their paws are very often messing up the bedding. The bunched look of our end-of-the-bed blanket, though, can stand up well to their day- and night-time naps and wrestling sessions.
Then, I tried the blanket folded in a sleeker, more modern style, as you see pictured above. I folded it in even quarters right at the end of the bed, which does look a little more pulled-together, and also makes it super easy to pull the blanket up in the middle of chilly nights. Although this look is a little more susceptible to getting mussed by pet paws, the muslin blanket itself is so thick that it really doesn’t budge all that much throughout the day, unlike some lighter weight bed blankets that I’ve used in the past.
Which way is your favorite? I personally love the bunch, but the sleek folds option does satisfy my craving for order in the midst of all the craziness life has to offer! This 100% Muslin Cotton blanket actually functions as a full comforter replacement, too, so I’m excited to try that look out next—spreading it out all the way out across the bed as the top layer, that is. If you want to experiment with this type of bed styling, use my code “CARRIE10” to save 10% on your own eco-friendly Muslin Comfort order!