I’ve never had a king size bed until I moved in with my heartmate in New Orleans. And what a life changer it’s been. My heartmate told me he upgraded from a full because he wasn’t getting a good night’s rest. He was also going through a bad breakup and has two 50 pound pups snuggling with him at night. I think if you have a partner and pets (who are allowed on the bed), it definitely warrants a king. Honestly, it’s not that much bigger than a kween.

If you think about it, we all spend 6–8 hours in bed every day. For me, it’s closer to 10 hours. What? I’m a freelance napper! Don’t haaate. Lol. That means your bedroom is definitely a place you need to invest in, like a solid bed and more importantly, amazing bedding. Today we’re gonna discuss some luxurious linens from Parachute who we’ve partnered with. We’ll also show you how to style your pillows on a king size bed.

I always bought my sheets, pillows, and duvets from department or big-box stores. It was always an overwhelming experience. Don’t even get me started with the trivial thread counts. The great thing about Parachute is they only offer three premium types of materials (percale, sateen, and linen) so it’s very straight-forward. They also offer pillows, duvets and blankets so y’all can hook your bedroom up in one go! All of Parachute’s bedding are all natural. No synthetics and no chemicals like formaldehyde (which are terrible for you, btw)

I picked the Percale Venice Set which is really soft, Egyptian cotton. I also got the sateen for my euro shams and you know what? I think I like the sateen even more. It’s so silky and sumptuous and that subtle shine is really nice. I love the indigo essential quilt. After going so green and jungalow in our bedroom, I really needed something darker to ground the space. Honestly, their bedding have been sleep-changing!

Let’s talk pillows now. After styling a handful of bedrooms, I’ve realized that many people don’t buy the correct size for their bed or even the right type for the way they sleep. Good news is, Parachute has the best pillows I’ve ever owned. I got the alternative down (firm) because I’m a back sleeper. Alright, let’s get to pillow styling!

 

MINIMAL

2 King Pillows  +  1 Lumbar Pillow

Let’s start with the minimal look. This is so easy to throw together. It’s basic without being baaasic. You know what I mean? Just place two king size pillows down. Add some interest by tossing a lumbar pillow in front, like this one from Parachute (in collaboration with The Citizenry). Lumbar pillows are the best! They seriously complete the whole look. And don’t forget to layer a fun, patternful blanket at the end of the bed. I like to cover a third of it.

MAXIMAL

3 Euro Pillows  +  3 Standard Pillows  +  2  King Pillows  +  Accent Pillows

This look is for those who want a little EXTRA. Does one really need this many pillows? The answer is, duh! This has 3 Euro in the back, 3 standard size in the middle and 2 king pillows in the front. You can alternate the standard pillows with the king pillows, too. The heartmate and I occasionally work in bed so all the pillows are perfect for back support. It also makes the bed feel even bigger. This is our current situation and I love it. But what do you do with all these pillows when it’s bedtime, you ask? That’s where a bench at the foot of the bed comes in handy. You see, pillows need a bed to sleep on, too! All about that extra livin’!

MESSIMAL

2 King Pillows  +  1 Euro Pillow  +  1 Standard  +  2 Accents  +  1 Lumbar

When maximal meets messy, you get messimal. Okrrr! This is where you can loosely throw in a variety of pillows in different sizes. You still want at least two king size pillows though. Then layer a few of your favorite throws and quilts. Embrace the wrinkles and everything. Again, lumbar pillow saves the day!

     

 

So tell me, which is your favorite style?