The bedroom, experts advise, should be reserved for sleeping and sex. But that most intimate space also is an ideal setting for the red-hot union of fashion and home decor.
Is your closet full of stripes? The look transfers easily to a quilt. Can't get enough of oxblood red or the leathers that dominated the fall runways? Try pulling them off in a decorative sham.
You can't chuck a throw pillow without hitting a home collection from a major fashion designer whose aesthetic informs everything from chandeliers to toothbrush holders, but bedding presents a particularly unintimidating opportunity to showcase fashion inspiration, as it's something everyone owns, usually away from the eyes of casual visitors, and it's easy to swap out when you're ready to move on.
"The easiest way for people to envision runway looks in their home is through a print or pattern, and to translate that to a duvet cover is not so daunting," said Gretchen Aubuchon, founder and editor of Fashion + Decor (fashiondecor.com), a website that pairs runway looks with home interiors.
Wardrobe style also can inspire bedroom accessories. Just as you might add a pop of color to a solid ensemble with a yellow shoe, pink belt or turquoise bracelet, inject those colors into your bedroom with a bold throw pillow or picture frame, or paint your nightstand, Aubuchon said. If you love to wear brass bangles, seek out the same brassy look in a bedside lamp.
"Style is style, and your style should be the same wherever it is," said Aubuchon, a "style spotter" at High Point Market, the North Carolina home furnishings trade show, which for its fall show debuted a Fashion Focus campaign. "If you wear bright colors, your home probably shouldn't be beige."
Whether your clothing taste tends toward preppy or punk rock, it's likely a famous designer has taken the style to bed. Here are three ways your fashion sense can stay alert while you sleep.
If you dress … in A-line skirts with brightly colored cardigans:
Wrap your bed in … Kate Spade New York.
The quirky, polka-dot-happy Kate Spade vibe takes a somewhat demure turn in bed, with cream and pale pink sheets boasting tonal stripes, and quilts dotted with egrets and mild blue flowers. But the reversible Japanese floral quilt, part of Spade's Florence Broadhurst collection celebrating the Australian wallpaper designer's prints, demands attention covered in strong black and white fanlike flowers that dazzle alongside punches of fun Spade color in the bedroom accessories. Beaded throw pillows sport playful slogans like "Cloud Nine."
If you dress … like the rock star you'll always be at heart:
Wrap your bed in … Diane von Furstenberg.
The wild, funky graphics that are a signature of the DVF brand are as bold as ever on her duvet covers and shams. Colorful dots, swirls, mazes, leaves, waves and animal prints energize a room and give the bedding center stage. Sets like the mauve Spotted Cat might get you digging for those leather pants you were wearing back when the wrap dress was invented.
If you dress … in modern, classic tailoring:
Wrap your bed in … Donna Karan.
A sumptuous, relaxed luxury runs through Donna Karan's bedding line, which includes multiple brands — Donna Karan Modern Classics, DKNY, pureDKNY, DKNY Essentials — full of soft colors, creamy neutrals, lush textures and rich fabrics that would make getting out of bed profoundly difficult.
"I'm consumed with fabrics, how they feel against the skin, how they reflect your moods and affect your emotions," Karan said in an email, describing bedding as "an extension of intimate apparel."
Bedding, she said, allows for creativity. "You can completely change the feel of your bedroom by switching colors and textures, whether you do it by your mood or the season," Karan said. "I love white linen and cotton in the summer — it's like sleeping on clouds — and something darker, more crisp and textural for fall. And, of course, there's the whole seduction and sensuality of satin."