The Ultimate Guide to Bedding Ideas for 2021

I know picking bedding for anyone is a difficult task.  With so many options out there, it is incredibly difficult to narrow it down and pick just one thing.  Picking farmhouse bedding can also be difficult.  I want to share some tips and awesome bedding ideas that are going to stand the test of time and look relevant on your bed for years.

This is the best guide to farmhouse bedding ever! I am sharing tons of bedding ideas that will look classic and stylish for years.

Its week three here for our One Room Challenge master bedroom remodel and I have to admit that I don’t have much to show you at this time.  We are still in the tear down mode, waiting for supplies and materials to be shipped to.  We are trying to get other things done while we wait for our flooring to show up, so we have been working on our window seat build, book shelves, and board and batten, but all of it is still in pieces in my garage.  I don’t want to install them until our flooring is in. 

So, I thought that this week, I would breakdown my farmhouse bedding plan and provide a few tips as to how to achieve the look you want.

There are a few key elements that can make the perfect farmhouse bed, or really any bed for that matter.

When I am planning bedding, I like to use layers, textures, patterns, and a variety of pillows.  When picking out farmhouse bedding the same applies, however, the color and pattern options are slightly different.  Lets break this down.

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When I am trying to come up with bedding ideas, I like to have multiple layers.

Here is a breakdown of the layers I use:

  • Sheets
  • Duvet/ Duvet Cover
  • Quilt or blanket that will lay at the bottom of the bed.


Creating great farmhouse bedding can look wonderful with layers.  I like to start with sheets, and I, myself actually do not use a top sheet.  I find them cumbersome when sleeping, and I spend a lot more time making my bed when I have to fix a top sheet.  Plus my husband ends up tearing it off every night anyways.

When selecting a good set of sheets, you want to look at thread count, the larger the number, the softer the sheets.  There are also so many great fabrics such as satin, flannel, and linen, and cotton.  Flannel is a great option if you live in a cold environment, just in the winter when you need a little extra warmth.

I generally like to stick with a simple cotton sheet, and have actually found some really wonderful sheets at Walmart!  They are incredibly soft and inexpensive, which means you can invest in more options.

Here are some great solid sheet options:

Duvets/ Duvet Covers-

For me, there is nothing I like better than a nice down comforter, or faux down comforter.  They are soft, and oh so cozy.

Here are a few great options that would be a great addition to your farmhouse bedding.

Now, you will want to use a duvet cover to protect your comforter.  Picking the right duvet cover will dictate what you will want to choose for sheets and other accessories. 

If I want to use a patterned duvet, such as a floral, plaid, or ticking stripe, it would be good to use a solid sheet or a pattern that compliments the patterns.  The key to farmhouse bedding is simplicity.

Light colors such as whites, creams, tans, greys and blues are all good options for farmhouse bedding.  Here are some good farmhouse bedding duvet options with pattern.

If you want a solid duvet, using linens, whites, or other natural fiber materials make a great topper to a soft ticking stripe sheet.

Here are some duvet covers that I like:


On top of a duvet, I like to fold a soft blanket or quilt at the bottom of the bed, sometimes it is called a bed scarf.  This helps finish off the bedding and give it a complete look.  Picking a simple quilt with some texture or quilting patterns add the perfect touch to the farmhouse bedding.

Here are some great quilt options:


Adding textures is a great way to add character to your  bedding.  Combining different materials together creates a cozy, and inviting bed.  Linen is a wonderful texture to add to farmhouse bedding.  You can also use canvas dropcloths which have a similar texture. 

Using other textures such as a quilt or duvet with pintucking and rousching are fun ways to add texture into your bedding.  Also consider soft, nubby, and other rich textiles like a crocheted blanket, or antique quilt.


When I am considering adding pattern to my farmhouse bedding I consider one of three options: stripes, plaids, or light floral.  These are the most distinct farmhouse styles.  If you really want the farmhouse bedding style consider finding a grainsack pattern or ticking stripes.  They exude farmhouse style and are classic patterns.

I usually stick with pattern on either the sheets or the quilt or duvet cover, but not all. 

You can consider combining some patterns like a light floral and a stripe, which do not compete with each other and will compliment each other. 

You can also go SANS pattern.  Keep it really simple, white sheets, white comforter, and white pillows.  This is such a serene way to style a bed and I absolutely love it, but I also like to add a little bit of texture and style to my farmhouse bedding.

Here are some great pattern ideas:


The last thing I like to add to my farmhouse bedding is an assortment of pillows.  Now, my husband likes to steal every pillow in the house and sleep with them.  This has caused our pillows to all look deformed and flat, not exactly what you want to see on a cozy farmhouse bed. 

Here is a little trick to keeping those pillows looking beautiful for a long time….

Here goes…


We keep 4 large king size pillows on our bed, with a handful of assorted throw pillows.  I head to my closest Walmart and buy their cheapest king size pillows, which I believe only cost about 5 dollars and use those as my pillows that stay on my bed throughout the day.  At night, they are taken off, and we use our sleeping pillows which are stored in an antique chest. 

This has been a lifesaver for us.  I hate seeing those ugly, deformed sleeping pillows on my bed.  They just wont sit right.  So the inexpensive ones that I got solve that problem and I didn’t spend a ton of money. 

One thing to consider is to purchase a nice sleeping pillow that you love.  We recently acquired the My Pillow, and we absolutely love it. (no this is not sponsored, just in love with the pillow!)  We have custom fills in them which has made all the difference and our neck problems are so much less!  So invest in a good pillow.

Throw pillows are a great way to add texture and pattern to your bed if you want to keep  everything else simple.  I love the euro size pillows or consider a few 20 by 20 pillow inserts and purchase separate pillow covers that can be changed out.  Its a great way to change up your décor for less. 

Here are some of my favorite throw pillows to add to your farmhouse bedding:


Now….check out what I have planned for my bedding. 

I am starting out with simple white sheets.  This blank canvas will give me an opportunity to add some farmhouse touches to the rest of the bed.

I will be adding this simple ticking stripe duvet cover from IKEA, in grey.  I have been obsessing over this bedding for a while now.

This is the best guide to farmhouse bedding ever! I am sharing tons of bedding ideas that will look classic and stylish for years.

This duvet with be folded down into halves when it is on my bed,  This way you can see a peek of the white sheets.

Next I am adding a custom made rustic farmhouse quilt that my mom is making me.  I will be using either a canvas drop cloth or some Osnaburg fabric. 

This is the best guide to farmhouse bedding ever! I am sharing tons of bedding ideas that will look classic and stylish for years.

It will be roughly finished and the top quilted by my mom on her large quilt machine.  This will give the farmhouse bedding texture and interest while staying in the soft creamy beige colors.

This will lay at the foot of the bed, on top of the striped duvet cover, allowing part of the duvet to be seen. I also want to add a simple throw blanket for some more texture.  I love this one.

I will also make 2 king size pillow shams out of the same material to go with the ticking stripe pillow cases. 

Now, I have added layers, pattern, neutral colors, and texture, and last I want to add some throw pillows.

I will add a few pillow to the other king size pillows.  I am going to use these towels from IKEA to make the throw pillows.  You can see how I made them here 

I will also use this same treatment for some pillows on my window seat. 

And that’s all I have for you today!  Make sure you PIN IT for later!


This is the best guide to farmhouse bedding ever! I am sharing tons of bedding ideas that will look classic and stylish for years.


Have a great day! 

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  1. I have that gray striped IKEA duvet set and just LOVE it! Makes me happy every time I walk into the room.

  2. Hi,
    Thank you so much for writing this article as it has helped me get a better idea of how to put together the bedding that we are looking for? Im just having some trouble deciding on the main color to chose for our duvet cover. . please help! Here is our bed. .

    Any suggestions is greatly appreciated! This style is all new to me and Im looking forward to putting it all together. Thanks so much!

    1. Thats a beautiful bed! Were you looking for a darker color or something light for the bed. I really think you could go either way. I do think the striped one would look really nice, but also a dark or neutral linen would look good as well.

  3. Could you do teal and teal and coral with tan walls with farmhouse accents are those colors farmhouse colors?

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