Coordinating Bedding for Ocean Breezes

Saffron Marigold - Updated: August 13, 2014

Moroccan tiles in azure blue, warm brown and ivory are the inspiration for the pattern on Ocean Breezes. Conjuring visions of the ocean, the decidedly nautical colors in this lively print summon the blue sky, the wet sand and the white foam. Its one of those serendipitous prints that will work as prettily in a  – for lack of a better word – ‘feminine’ setting  as it will handsomely in a man’s bedroom.

We’re featuring our Ocean Breezes duvet today, and suggesting two ways to make up your bed – Simple and Ornate. And at the end of the post we list out exactly what you will need to achieve each look.

A simple look with Ocean Breezes bed linens
A simple look with Ocean Breezes bed linens

An ornate look with Ocean Breezes bed linens
An ornate look with Ocean Breezes bed linens

Accessorize with beach themed, natural, organic and rustic accessories – think wicker, rattan, rope, coir, jute, sisal and driftwood (You get the drift? No pun intended :-)) – and you will do the print perfect justice!

Ocean Breezes beach duvet

Sheeting options for Ocean Breezes

These spa quality sheets from Amazon are made of superior fabric that is softer than cotton and will envelop you in a snug embrace. In three summery colors, each will bring a different feel to the space. The smokey blue and chestnut sheets will add more depth while highlighting the brown and blue of the print. The eggshell will lend a fresher, breezier feel, wonderful for summer.

Egyptian Cotton Sheet set, Smokey Blue
Egyptian Cotton Sheet set, Smokey Blue

Egyptian Cotton Sheet set, Chestnut
Egyptian Cotton Sheet set, Chestnut

Egyptian cotton sheet set, Eggshell
Egyptian cotton sheet set, Eggshell

Ocean inspired bedding looks:

A duvet, sheets and pillowcases – for some people that might be enough to dress up a bed, but nothing beats pillow shams when it comes to achieving that perfect look. Shams are the unsung heroes of your bed—they look great, work hard, and keep it interesting when you layer a few of them in varying prints.

Having said that, how many shams you use and what kind, will dictate whether you want a simple look or an ornate look. Sounds confusing? We’re here to help……

Simple and coastal: Pillow shams and an accent pillow

Most sheet sets come with pillow cases, but sometimes a little change up is fun – and different. If the Ocean Breezes duvet has you craving for more coastal fever, then adding on shams from the collection will satisfy that craving. The complimentary print sham has a pattern of smaller tiles in the same warm, Mediterranean hues. Casablanca shams echo similar hues of azure skies and white sands. If you’re looking to highlight the deep brown, then a perfect match would be For the Love of Chocolate shams.

Casablanca Pillow Sham
Casablanca Pillow Sham

Ocean Breezes (c) Pillow Sham
Ocean Breezes (c) Pillow Sham

For the Love of Chocolate Pillow Sham
For the Love of Chocolate Pillow Sham

Toss them on the bed in any which way, layer them one upon another, stack them, throw them around…whatever you do, accent pillows add a definite quirky flavor to the bed. While staying within the same colors on the duvet print will definitely add a cohesive look, deviating a bit to add an unexpected jolt of color here and there is totally allowed! Take your pick from the assortment below….combine the Ocean Breezes shams with the Moroccan inspired Casablanca Blues or the shimmering Gilded Chocolate (my personal favorite).

Casablanca Blues Accent Pillow
Casablanca Blues Accent Pillow

Ocean Breezes Accent Pillow
Ocean Breezes Accent Pillow

Gilded Chocolate (c) Accent Pillow
Gilded Chocolate (c) Accent Pillow

For a simple look we recommend:

An Ocean Breezes duvet; Eggshell sheets and pillowcases from Amazon; 2 Ocean Breezes (c) pillow shams; 1 Gilded Chocolate Accent pillow
A simple look with Ocean Breezes linens
A simple look with Ocean Breezes linens

Ornate and coastal: Add euro shams, and a boudoir pillow

Ocean Breezes has a coordinating euro sham in a generous 27″ x 27″ size. Prop a couple up against the headboard for a classic European styled look, and then layer pillow cases, smaller shams and accent pillows in front. Finish the look with a boudoir pillow up front.
But my vote is for either the The Nizam’s Pearls (c) and the Gilded Chocolate (c) euro shams from the Dreams of India collection which will be stunning as a backdrop against which to display your other bedlinens.

The Nizam's pearls Euro Sham
The Nizam’s pearls (c) Euro Sham

Ocean Breezes Euro Sham
Ocean Breezes Euro Sham

Gilded Chocolate (c) Euro Sham
Gilded Chocolate (c) Euro Sham

Boudoir Shams are the final finishing touch. Add one or a few for a stylish elegant touch.

Ocean Breezes (c) Boudoir Sham
Ocean Breezes (c) Boudoir Sham

Ocean Breezes Boudoir Sham
Ocean Breezes Boudoir Sham

Pacific Blue Boudoir Sham
Pacific Blue Boudoir Sham

For an ornate look we recommend:

 An Ocean Breezes duvet; Eggshell sheets and pillowcases from Amazon; 2 The Nizam’s Pearls (c) Euro Shams; 2 Ocean Breezes (c) pillow shams; 2 Gilded Chocolate Accent pillows; 1 Ocean Breezes Boudoir Sham
An ornate look with Ocean Breezes linens
An ornate look with Ocean Breezes linens

A few other options…

Chocolate brown matelasse shams, Atlantic Linens
Chocolate brown matelasse shams, Atlantic Linens

Lumbar pillows, Veedubz, Etsy
Lumbar pillows, Veedubz, Etsy

Knotted ocean pillow cover, Pottery Barn
Knotted ocean pillow cover, Pottery Barn

Woven jute pillow cover, Pottery Barn
Woven jute pillow cover, Pottery Barn

Just like Moroccan tiles are characterized by warmth, simplicity and timeless beauty, so too is this print which is perfect for any style of home decor. Ocean Breezes will add flair to any design sensibility – shabby chic, Modern minimalism, cottage style, nautical or California coastal!

Ocean Breezes swatch

We hope this has helped you decide on sheeting and sham options for this print.

Father’s Day Gift add-on:

This print makes a great Father’s Day gift and along with it consider these really awesome nautical map inspired coasters! All dads need coasters for their coffee mug or their beer mug! 🙂 Best of all, these are DIY, and dad will love them even more. Click here to see how to make them.

DIY map coasters, Me and Mine magazine
DIY map coasters, Me and Mine magazine

This concludes our Fathers Day series. If you think Dad will like some of our other prints, do let us know by commenting below.

Do take a moment and check out the survey below, letting us know which option you liked best!