A stylist’s guide to dressing your bed

A perfectly made bed can dramatically impact the look of your bedroom and create an inviting environment for the best night’s sleep. Together with interior stylist, Sania Pell, we look at the art of bedscaping. From choosing the right bedding to adding visual intrigue through patterns and unexpected textures.


Savoir Felix bed upholstered in Zardi & Zardi digitally printed fabric, photographed at Upper Farm House Sussex

Finding the right accessories to complete your bespoke bed can prove harder than one may think. With an endless choice of textures, prints and patterns, it can be difficult to know where to start. At Savoir, we rely on the best experts to help us choose the right fabrics and colour schemes that complement our designs.


Stylist Sania Pell is one of the experts we have worked with on many occasions. With over 20 years of experience styling some of the most inspiring interiors, including those featured in ELLE Décor, her attention to detail and talent for fusing the unexpected are unparalleled. She has helped us bring to life some of our most iconic designs, ensuring they look as luxurious and inviting as they feel. Together with Sania, we have created a guide that’ll help you dress a bed you won’t want to leave.


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Image of the Elly design, photographed against brutalist concrete walls. The bed is upholstered in rich ruby velvet and dressed in luxurious white bed linen and ocean-coloured throws and cushions.
Our Elly design styled by Sania Pell and photographed by Michael Sinclair.

Bedding down


Often overlooked, the right bedding can make all the difference in making your bed exude comfort and softness. Down and feathers have a remarkably plush and soft appearance, making your bed look irresistible. They are also favoured for their incredible temperature-regulating properties, which make them the perfect filling to choose for your bedding. A duvet that is slightly bigger than your bed will further elevate that feeling of softness, so if your bed is king size, choose a super king size duvet.


A calming foundation


Choosing the right bed linen comes down to personal preferences. Textural linens like high thread count percale, natural linen and jacquard all make a statement when paired with minimal designs. Softer materials, such as Egyptian Giza cotton sateen, pair best when contrasted against a more intricate design or upholstery. When it comes to picking the right style and finish for your linens, “an Oxford pillowcase gives the impression of a plusher, larger pillow which works well on a bigger bed and headboard. Cording is a subtle way of adding interest and smartens a plain pillow up, making it a sophisticated style statement”, advises Sania.


Cording is a subtle way of adding interest and smartens a plain pillow up, making it a sophisticated style statement.


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The Dream Cotton Sateen Pillowcase

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Detail image of the Elly bed, showcasing the textural red velvet upholstery and crisp, white bed linen
The Elly bed, named after Elly Suh, the co-star of our 'A Place to Dream' campaign, photographed by Michael Sinclair and styled by Sania Pell.

The colour scheme


When deciding on the right colour scheme for your bedroom, it’s important to think about how you want the room to feel. Psychology of colour advises that delicate earth tones, as well as blues and greens, create a naturally calming and tranquil atmosphere. Bright and vivid colours such as orange, yellow and red, on the other hand, add a joyous and vibrant attitude to interiors.


While your bed and its accessories don’t necessarily need to match the room exactly, it’s crucial that the overall colour scheme of the room feels aligned. “I usually begin by choosing colours that work tonally with the headboard, and then add another contrasting colour to give a little more interest. It could be that a statement chair colour is linked back to the throws and cushions to pull the scheme together,” Sania tells us. “The bed accessories look more considered if they link to other patterns and colours in your bedroom. So, it’s a good idea to begin with these as the base, then add something that is unexpected either in colour or pattern, so the scheme is not too predictable,” she adds.


Image of the Elly design, photographed against brutalist concrete walls. The bed is upholstered in rich ruby velvet and dressed in luxurious white bed linen and ocean-coloured throws and cushions.
A different take on the styling takes inspiration from elements of the room that complement the bed. Styled by Sania Pell and photographed by Michael Sinclair.

I usually begin by choosing colours that work tonally with the headboard, and then add another contrasting colour to give a little more interest. It could be that a statement chair colour is linked back to the throws and cushions to pull the scheme together.


Sania Pell

Adding visual intrigue


Mixing prints, patterns, and textures can feel overwhelming; however, the key to finding the right balance is to work tonally. “Work on a sliding scale – begin with smaller patterns, then build up to larger ones. Blues and greens work well in bedrooms, and stripes pair wonderfully with both traditional and contemporary interiors,” she tells us. When it comes to finding the right fabrics, “Kvadrat, Dedar, and Kirkby are all of a very high quality and have fantastic colour ranges as well as a variety of modern patterns and textures,” Sania recommends.


Size matters


While bedding feels more sumptuous when sized up, accessories follow a slightly different rule. Sania advises that a mix-and-match approach works best when choosing the final touches. “Begin with two large cushions the same size and colour to anchor your scheme, and then add a bolster and perhaps a small cushion in a fun colour or pattern,” she suggests. This allows you to create depth and add playful, unexpected elements without overshadowing the design of the bed and taking away from its luxurious feel.


To find more inspiration, read the story of how our team, along with Sania’s unique eye, brought our iconic designs to life at London’s Pitzhanger Manor.


Choosing the right throws is all about layering. So, a heavier fabric texture such as velvet or knit may work best at the bottom as a base, then a lighter fabric with a softer flow will look best layered on top.


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The key interior design trends in 2023

From infusing your home with joy-inducing colour to adding organic shapes that create a relaxing ambience, explore the key interior design trends that’ll awaken your creativity.


Bold, yellow Claudia headboard featuring a Rococo shape.

Maison&Objet, the bi-annual design fair which takes place in Paris chose the simple words ‘take care’ as this year’s slogan. Paying homage to slow living, the show emphasised the importance of a mindful and sustainable approach to design. Along with Paris Deco Off, these shows are amongst the most influential design events of the year. Together, they pave the way for how interior design and architecture will look in the next year.


Your home reflects who you are. Through your favourite art, bespoke furniture, and clever use of colour, you can enrich it with your personality. While some trends come and go, we hand-picked the ideas that encompass craft and longevity that’ll elevate the timeless design of your home.


Forget sharp lines and monochromatic colour combinations. This year’s trends embrace organic shapes, bring nature indoors and add dopamine-inducing pops of colour. Discover the key interior design trends that’ll awaken your creativity.


The brazenly buoyant luxury sector is exploring new paths that draw on haute-couture artisan craftsmanship and high technology on the one hand, and pop culture and the values of inclusivity on the other.


Philippe Brocart, General Manager at Maison & Objet
Image of the film-noir inspired Amelia design, upholstered in delicate grey fabric against a minimal interior.
The soft, organic shape of the Amelia design evokes a calming and relaxing attitude.

The emergence of organic shapes


The last few decades celebrated modern and angular shapes and silhouettes. Excitingly, in 2023 we can expect to see soft and organic lines return to the limelight. Taking inspiration from the 70s, furniture, lighting and accessories will mimic shapes found in nature. From a delicate outline of a cloud to the dynamic movement of an ocean wave. Influenced by a more relaxed attitude to sophistication, this trend brings a playful, yet polished feeling indoors.


When upholstered in complementing fabrics, these organic shapes perfectly combine the retro aesthetic of the 70s with a modern twist. Our Amelia design is a great way to showcase how dynamically organic a headboard can be, bringing a welcoming ambience into the bedroom. Through a more tranquil approach to lighting, architecture, and soft furnishing, you can embrace nature in a unique way.


A sketch of the round bed and a craftsperson adding nailing detail to a headboard
Details of a Savoir craftsman adding old gold speckle nailing onto a headboard, adding an elegant element to an otherwise simple headboard.

Revival of the handmade


The charm of handmade items is enjoying a revival, thanks to their incomparable quality and longevity. From beautifully crafted furniture using sustainably sourced materials, to recycled textiles, which have been lovingly refined. Artisanal items tell a story that mass-made products can’t. This resurgence marries nostalgic elements of century-old craft with the needs of the modern world. Resulting in completely personal and bespoke products that combine art and function.


As the heart of your home, bedroom is the perfect place to infuse with the charm of the handmade. From small, decorative elements like lamps and night tables, to investing in a bed that becomes the room’s focal point. Whilst elevating the design of your bedroom, a bespoke bed will also improve the quality of your sleep. Combine the revival of craft with a sustainable approach by opting for a plant-based bed. Providing the comfort of the classic Savoir beds, The Reformer draws on sustainable ingredients found in nature. These materials respond to the resurgence of the focus on our well-being and sleep. Investing in a plant-based bed is a charming way to prioritise your health.


Savoir campaign featuring multi-award-winning violinist Elly Suh on the new design, named the Elly bed.
Bold, red headboard of the Elly design brings an enthusiastic atmosphere into the room. Photographed by Bella Howard.

Striking colour


First noted in fashion, which inevitably translated into interior design, dopamine-inducing colours are set to be all around us in 2023. Whether through the addition of post-modernistic art or boldly painted walls, this trend will bring a joy-inducing ambience into your home. With jewel tones adorning rich textiles like velvet, you can add an eccentric feeling of decadence.


If painting an entire room bright red sounds a little too bold, you can instead use it as an accent. From ceramic vases and sconces in earthy hues to textiles and wallcoverings that beautifully combine lighter colours with these vibrant tones. Whilst adding joy and a spark of energy to your home, they’ll become the perfect conversation starter for your guests.


Savoir Felix bed upholstered in Zardi & Zardi digitally printed fabric, photographed at Upper Farm House Sussex
A bespoke headboard can serve as the perfect canvas for a work of art. Our Felix design is photographed by Michael Sinclair.

Art is everywhere


Another delightful trend emerging this year is all about infusing your interiors with art. Whether by using plants as sculptures through the Japanese art of bonsai, or textiles inspired by works of great masters. The ways in which you can incorporate art into your home are endlessly charming.


Rubelli, a renowned Italian textile brand with whom we’ve collaborated on many designs, focuses their 2023 collection on ‘Fragments of Venice’, where “the past and the present live together harmoniously”. Showcasing their abstract interpretation, these refined textiles tie in authenticity and elegance. So, for those seeking to incorporate more art into their home, textiles are an easy yet impactful way to start.


Three designs showcasing the collaboration with National Gallery in London, including digitally printed painting of Monet.
National Gallery x Savoir | A collection of exquisite works of art, digitally printed onto our bespoke headboards.

Our collaboration with the National Gallery in London offers a unique opportunity to adorn the paintings of great masters onto your bed. From Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ to Redon’s ‘Ophelia among the Flowers’. The paintings are digitally printed onto the fabric, which is then upholstered onto the headboard and the base of the bed. In 2023, art no longer belongs just on our walls.


Images showing the texture of velvet and graphic print on the back of a headboard.
Velvet, leather and vintage-inspired patterns make great impact by infusing a sense of visual intrigue.

Whether it already found its way into your home or not, bouclé is here to stay. The sumptuous fabric continues to adorn furnishings – from organically shaped sofas and chairs to bespoke beds. Its unique softness embodies the slowed-down approach to design in 2023. Rich, textural materials are also coming back into the forefront, taking over delicate silks and linens. Our Winston design nods to the revival of the 70s with its unique upholstery in textural cognac leather. The back of its headboard is adorned in a beautiful geometric pattern using the Italian fabric by Nelson, gently nodding at the nostalgia of Art Deco design.


Unexpectedly, embroidery also made an appearance at this year’s design shows. Bright and colourful beads, hand embroidered onto headboards, lampshades and cushions wonderfully highlight the artisanal technique, adding texture to everyday objects and materials.


With the reintroduction of materials like velvet and leather and artisanal methods, you can elevate your home whilst staying true to your preferred aesthetic. Although trends change, natural materials and craftsmanship are timeless tools that help you infuse personality into your home.


 


For more design ideas read our latest article, where we discover how WINCH Interior Design studio infuses their projects with luxury and comfort.