Ask the Designer – Making a Bed Fit For a King

Saffron Marigold - Updated: May 27, 2015

Today we’re working on Jane’s guest room makeover.  She is using the Maharaja queen duvet, and would like to accent the bed with coordinating pillows and cushions.

burgundy duvet, elephant duvet
Maharajah Bedding

There are several selections from Saffron Marigold that would look great layered with Maharaja.  They’ll tie into the burgundy and salmon color scheme, but have wildly different prints.

burgundy pillow
Maharaja pillow – detail

euro sham, pink pillow sham
India Rose Euro Sham

purple pillow
Purple Moon Euro Sham

burgundy pillow
Spice Route Pillow – detail

This “more is more” principle applied to Indian textiles is something you see everywhere in Indian life!  In the hustle and bustle of busy markets, in beautifully layered saris, and in streets filled with color upon color.

When layering throw pillows, the equation “variety + connection” works every time.  You want to work with a variety of scale, texture and pattern.  At the same time, you want to make connections to a core group of colors. Here are some examples of other throw pillows that I think will pull the look together for the Maharaja guest bed.

silk pillow
Thai Silk Pillow, Bahari


green silk pillow, ikat pillow
Silk Ikat Pillow, John Robshaw
silk pillow
Handmade Silk Tie Pillow, Amazon

While shopping for bedding at Saffron Marigold, our customer also noticed some of the furniture used in the photographs on our website.  Here are a few resources for Indian and Indian style furniture.

indian style bed
Handmade Rosewood Bed, Tribal Monsoon
indian furniture
Cascara Side Table, Anthropologie
Wooden Storage Chest, Amazon
lantern, moroccan lantern, silver lantern
Brushed Metal Lantern, Pieces
antique map, india
1930 Map of India, Art Source International

Jane, I’m excited about your project, and would love a sneak peek at the results!  Feel free to share photos and your own inspiration in our comments.

In closing, I’ll share a bit of of wise perspective: “(Hindu) tradition teaches that, no matter how poor one is, one should always offer three items: sweet words, a sitting place, and refreshments (at least a glass of water).” – The Heart of Hinduism. I’m sure that if your guests experience a little bit of this, they’ll love their home away from home no matter what!

2 responses

  1. I love the image with the assorted pillows on the Majaraja guest bed. Where can I get the salmon colored pillow cases? I don’t see them on your website. Your help would be appreciated!

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