Let’s start by first breaking the misconception that a well put together bedroom somehow makes a man less manly. Part of becoming a man means that you are competent enough to go out into the world and live on your own. Now, when I say “live”, I don’t mean just surviving with milk crate furniture and sheets for curtains. I mean taking the time and putting in the effort to make your place look like a civilized and well put together man lives there. A great way to achieve this is with carefully chosen linens. Cotton bed linens are an inexpensive way to dress up your bedroom and they can still have a luxurious feel to them. If you have kids, choosing the right bedding might be the only opportunity you get to decorate a room for the young man in your life. Here are a few tips for picking bed linens that will work with all different kinds of design styles.

Look at what you are getting yourself into. The care tags will let you know how much (or little) effort you will have to put into your purchase. This is key when you shop for bed linens. Some comforters have to be taken to the dry cleaner which can (over time) be very expensive.

Cotton doesn’t have to be boring. This will take a little bit of creativity so don’t hesitate to do a little research or enlist some help. The bed is the focal point in the room so you want to make sure that it is always put together. An easy way to do this is to just mix it up. Stay away from pre-bagged kits.

Choosing patterns with a lot of different colors in it can look like you miss the sixties a little too much or like you enjoy Saturday morning cartoons a little too much. Instead you want to focus on texture and subtle shine. You can find tone on tone stripes or even tone on tone circles if you want a very modern feel that still looks elegant. If you want to go big with colors then choose a few and stick to them or just use them as accents.

Bring in a luxurious feel by adding a little brushed accent pieces. It doesn't have to be too over the top. You can find a soft pewter, gold, or silver comforter that will add in a high end look. You can also find satin finish blue comforters that have the colors he wants with the shine that she wants.