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The Finishing Touch That Does All the Talking
If you're drawn to more subdued, neutral bedding, you can liven things up with a more daring bed skirt, like this one designer Sarah M. Dorsey created. Just add 3 yards of fabric to an existing dust ruffle; if you attach it using no-sew tape, you don't even need a needle and thread.

What makes a striking bed skirt really work, though, is choosing a similar color scheme or pattern for the pillow shams—or in the lampshades—to draw your eyes up. Otherwise, your gaze focuses on the floor, making the bed seem lower and dinkier, as if you just downed an Alice-in-Wonderland-esque "Drink Me" potion.

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